Digital Business: Connected lives
Connectivity may be rising rapidly up the political agenda, but it has been high on the Digital Business agenda for some time and today we pull together the strands, analysing the implications of a connected planet in this special report.
This report considers the effects on business of mass collaboration; the change in working behaviours that mobility introduces; and the spotlight it places on skills and generational differences.
Paul Taylor says countries should invest in improving skills and lowering costs for broadband
So-called ‘digital natives’ are bringing down the barriers to collaborative working, finds Jessica Twentyman
But organisations must ensure employees are not slaves to mobile devices, notes Stephen Pritchard
Alan Cane says connecting with customers, suppliers and partners will require re-examination of business processes and beliefs
Stephen Prentice, VP at Gartner, explores how people’s behaviour has changed with the advent of online communities and explains how companies are having to adapt
Peter Whitehead, the FT Digital Business Editor, asks Francis Keeling, Universal’s digital manager, how customer behaviour has forced it to adapt its business
Peter Whitehead, the FT Digital Business Editor, talks to Alistair Laycock, the taxi firm’s marketing manager about how the company is seeking to engage with its customers and the latest technology
Some organisations, fearful of untoward consequences such as reputational damage, ban social networking websites. Others embrace them enthusiastically and try to persuade others to do likewise.
On the southern fringes of the Brazilian Amazon, internet connections are a rarity, writes Jonathan Wheatley. But GPS systems work anywhere.
Cellphones are nearly ubiquitous but internet access is still very patchy, says Paul Taylor
Stroll through South Africa’s villages – as steeped in ancestral tradition as they are deprived of basic services – and you will come across the convenience store, writes Tom Burgis.
Olav Kjorven of the UNDP argues that innovative programmes in developing nations have helped people increase their choices and opportunities
Non-governmental organisations and government bodies can see exactly how their money is being spent, writes Danny Bradbury
Jessica Twentyman examines the evidence that digital exclusion and social disadvantage go hand in hand
Telemedicine has come of age in rural America, where it is being used to provide specialist intensive care that would otherwise be costly and difficult to obtain, writes Geoff Nairn.
Broadband access has made a huge difference to the Caldey Island monks’ internet usage, writes Jessica Twentyman
Network access for all requires money but there are also significant technical hurdles, writes Stephen Pritchard
Providing rural areas with computers and internet access is a national policy in China, writes Kathrin Hille