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The Digital Enterprise Hardcover – February 5, 2014

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About the Author

Karl-Heinz Streibich is Chief Executive Officer of Software AG. For over 30 years, Karl-Heinz has been a well respected, trusted advisor in the technology industry to world-class companies. Karl-Heinz studied communication Engineering in Offenburg, Germany and visited postgraduate courses at Harvard University, Stanford University and London School of Marketing. He lives with his family in Frankfurt, Germany.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Software AG (February 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989756408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989756402
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Loyd Eskildson HALL OF FAME on December 15, 2014
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Author Streibich has credible credentials in the technology industry - both academic and actual network experience. Already there are over 4.5 billion connected on social networks, and it is estimated that there will be 3.5 billion networked products within a few short months. I, however, began the book with the strong suspicion that most current uses for product networking add little of value (eg. automatic thermostats already cover most needs for varying temperature); on the other hand, in one of my prior predictions I contended that PCs would never be serious competitors to mainframes (unable to handle large data flows), nor serious tools in most people's households. As for Toyota etc. providing tweet-like updates to alert drivers of low tire pressure - there is already onboard technology to accomplish that, and I don't trust card-dealers' service advice. As for Amazon, the jury is still out - it has done interesting things, but is unable to reliably make a decent profit, and the huge amount of added shipping and handling generated doesn't appeal to me either. Trackside railroad sensors - any decent trucking company already has software to better handle that too. So, I began the book - hoping to being proven wrong, again.

Chapters One and Two ('Introducing the Digital Enterprise,' 'The Digital Journey') were a waste of paper and time - just vague generalities. Chapter Three ('Create Smarter Products') was another snore - we already know about Google's self-driving car, and until that becomes widespread, integrating drivers with email, Facebook, etc. seems dangerous and stupid. A 'smarter shower' provides electronic controls for adjusting temperature and switching between rain-shower and hand-held showerhead flows - what does that have to do with any of today's world problems such as flagging economies (offshoring, automation), dysfunctional governments, global warming, etc?

And similarly, on and on and on it goes.
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Format: Hardcover
This book, all 353 pages, is a whirlwind tour through the impact that sensors, connectivity, and data are going to have on our lives (and how our lives are already changing). While this book is clearly not an instruction guide or a deep dive into any use case, the book presents dozens of perspectives and hundreds of examples to make you think. From the German railways, to museums, to GE aircraft engines, to Mercedes Benz and Nissan cars, to auto insurance "by the mile (or km)," to universities, to banking, to politics, to transportation, to Apple Stores, this book has vignettes and perspectives from many experts, academics, and practitioners in just about every field. How should you think about how the evolving digital revolution will affect your company, your society, and your life? This book will make you think.

The introduction by Marc Benioff was short but insightful, just as a bonus.

I enjoyed the book - it gave me some great information, but it also made me think. Worth a few hours of your time ...
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As a student of the enterprise, I have learned as much from Vinnie Mirchandani as any other author. Why? Because he challenges lazy assumptions. I know this from reading his previous books The New Polymath and the New Technology Elite. This latest is a collaboration with Karl-Heinz of Software AG. Let's face it - the idea of the Digital Enterprise is rapidly becoming a cliché. Streibich and Mirchandani counter the hype in the only way you can really counter it: with field research. Each key component of the so-called digital enterprise is backed up by customer case studies and examples.

The message is a potent one: the use of technology to transform business with everything from smart products to predictive data is NOT primarily attributable to enterprise software vendors, no matter how much chest-thumping they might do. Companies in each industry are applying these tech insights to separate from the competition. I was glad to see Streibich and Mirchandani included chapters that look at the human element of these industries, such as the chapter on services re-invention and the chapter on human capital.

One thing to keep in mind is that like Mirchandani's other books, this one is packed full of field examples. At 350+ pages this is not a quick skim. But that's the point. To really understand the digital enterprise and move beyond easy sound bites, you have to work at it. It's work that can change your career (or your company), so I recommend putting in the time.
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I usually don't have time to read (enough) books right now - but once I started reading this one - I could not put it down. Mirchandani's way of stringing together interesting, short and concise stories how software technology has made a difference / impact on enterprises using them - is highly consumable and relevant for anyone dealing with technology. What makes the book more unique and valuable is the wide net of different applications and industries - that allow a valuable perspective beyond the industry a reader maybe familiar. A lot of best practices and technologies are tested and then spill over from one industry to another. Worth every page.

Based on this - I need to checkout his other books... asap.
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Even for those of us who have dedicated our professional lives to creating the digital enterprise, there's a lot to learn from Mr. Mirchandani's latest. But for everyone else, this is an amazing travelogue. Not only does it show us how specific developments in technology are being unleashed to create enormous value for the enterprises wise enough (and with sufficient hutzpah) to be pioneers, but it also explains the diverse ways in which technology creates value, creates whole new industries and, conversely, overtakes others, driving those who fail to catch the turn into enterprise extinction. There are many, many case studies here, covering far more industries than you may have imagined being hotbeds of technology-driven innovation, so the book lends itself to dipping in, reading for a while, and then dipping in again when you next have the time. I've been reading "The Digital Enterprise" in this way over the last couple of months, and I've found myself considerably encouraged by the breadth of organizational and economic reinvention going on globally.

I would add that, if you haven't read Mr. Mirchandani's earlier books, now might be the time.
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