“The mechanical speed of combat vehicles has not increased since Rommel’s day, so the difference is all in the operational speed, faster communications and faster decisions.” —Edward Luttwak, on the unprecedented pace of the move toward Baghdad
“Supply Chain” 2000: “When Joe Employee at Company X launches his browser, he’s taken to Company X’s personalized home page. He can interact with the entire scope of Company X’s world – customers, other employees, distributors, suppliers, manufacturers, consultants. The browser – that is, the portal – resembles a My Yahoo for Company X and hooks into every network associated with Company X. The real trick is that Joe Employee, business partners and customers don’t have to be in the office. They can log on from a cell phone, Palm Pilot, pager or home office system.” Red Herring (09.2000)
The Real “News”: X1,000,000 TowTruckNet.com
eRevolution 40,000,000 Americans (1 of 2 singles/40% of American adults) went to an online matchmaking site last month (USN&WR/09.29.03)
“flash mobs” (!)
“Open source is doing for mass innovation what the assembly line did for mass production. Get ready for the era when collaboration replaces the corporation.” —Thomas Goetz/ Wired/11.2003 (“Current methods are not fast enough, not ambitious enough, or don’t take advantage of our collective creative potential.”)
Impact No. 1/ Logistics & Distribution: Wal*Mart … Dell … Amazon.com … Autobytel.com … FedEx … UPS … Ryder … Cisco … Etc. … Etc. … Ad Infinitum.
“If early soldiers idealized Napoleon or Patton, network-centric warriors admire Wal*Mart, where point-of-sale scanners share information on a near real-time basis with suppliers and also produce data that is mined to help leaders develop new strategic or tactical plans. Wal*Mart is an example of translating information into competitive advantage.”—Tom Stewart, Business 2.0
“A Big Electronics Show, the Buzz Is All About Connections” —headline, New York Times/ 01.13.2003/ Consumer Electronics Show
m-“On” or Out of the Loop “Managers in Finland always keep their phones on. Customers expect fast reactions. And if you can’t reach a superior, you make many decisions yourself. Managers who want to influence decisions of subordinates must keep their phones open.” —Risto Linturi, Finnish m-guru, in Howard Rheingold’s Smart Mobs
WebWorld = EverythingWeb as a way to run your business’s innards Web as connector for your entire supply-demand chain Webas “spider’s web” which re-conceives the industry Web/B2B as ultimate wake-up call to “commodity producers” Web as the scourge of slack, inefficiency, sloth, bureaucracy, poor customer data Web as an Encompassing Way of Life Web = Everything (P.D. to after-sales) Web forces you to focus on what you do best Webas entrée, at any size, to World’s Best at Everything as next door neighbor
Jargon Bath! Bureaucracy free … Systemically integrated … Internet intense … Knowledge based … Time and location free … “Instantly” responsive … Customer centric … Mass customization enabled.
Translation … Bureaucracy free = Flat org, no B.S. Systemically integrated = Whole supply chain tightly wired/ friction-free Internet intense = Do it all via the Web Knowledge based = Open access Time and location free = Whenever, wherever “Instantly” responsive = Speed demons Customer centric = Customer calls the shots Mass customization enabled = Every product and service rapidly tailored to client requirements
Message: eCommerce is not a technology play! It is a relationship, partnership, organizational and communications play, made possible by new technologies.
Message: There is no such thing as an effective B2B or Internet-supply chain strategy in a low-trust, bottlenecked-communication, six-layer organization.
“Ebusiness is about rebuilding the organization from the ground up. Most companies today are not built to exploit the Internet. Their business processes, their approvals, their hierarchies, the number of people they employ … all of that is wrong for running an ebusiness.” Ray Lane, Kleiner Perkins
The New Infantry Battalion/ New York Times/12.01.2002 “Pentagon’s Urgent Search for Speed.” 270 soldiers (1/3rd normal complement); 140 robotic off-road armored trucks. “Every soldier is a sensor.” “Revolutionary capabilities.” Find-to-hit: 45 minutes to 15 minutes … in just one year.
“There’s no use trying,” said Alice. “One can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Lewis Carroll
I’net … … allows you to dream dreams you could never have dreamed before!
“Don’t rebuild. Reimagine.” The New York Times Magazine on the future of the WTC space in Lower Manhattan/09.08.2002
“Suppose—just suppose—that the Web is a new world we’re just beginning to inhabit. We’re like the earlier European settlers in the United States, living on the edge of the forest. We don’t know what’s there and we don’t know exactly what we need to do to find out: Do we pack mountain climbing gear, desert wear, canoes, or all three? Of course while the settlers may not have known what the geography of the New World was going to be, they at least knew that there was a geography. The Web, on the other hand, has no geography, no landscape. It has no distance. It has nothing natural in it. It has few rules of behavior and fewer lines of authority. Common sense doesn’t hold here, and uncommon sense hasn’t yet emerged.” David Weinberger, Small Pieces Loosely Joined