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The IBM Institute for Business Value leverages IBM's global industry, functional and topical teams and experts to discover emerging trends, business innovations and success patterns.

The new age of ecosystems - Redefining partnering in an ecosystem environment

The new age of ecosystems - Redefining partnering in an ecosystem environment

In today’s digital world, emerging technologies have already made a significant impact, creating an economic environment that is far more connected and open, simple and intelligent, fast and scalable.

Executives will be challenged to find new avenues of partnership to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the emergence of new ecosystems. To find out more, download the complete study below from the Institute for Business Value.

Featured Cross-industry Thought Leadership

  • The New Hero of Big Data and Analytics: The Chief Data Officer

    The New Hero of Big Data and Analytics: The Chief Data Officer

Data needs a leader. As the new natural resource of the twenty-first century, data has the power to transform industries and business models; but it equally has the power to overwhelm systems and stymie growth. Who should be taking care of the data function? Increasingly, organizations are answering that question by creating the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) role. To find out more, download the complete study below from the Institute for Business Value.

Featured Industry Thought Leadership

  • Winning strategies for insurers - How industry leaders are excelling outside the comfort zoneWinning strategies for insurers - How industry leaders are excelling outside the comfort zone

    Winning strategies for insurers - How industry leaders are excelling outside the comfort zone

Currently, there are more than 10,000 insurers globally and when insurers do leave the market, it is mostly due to mergers and acquisitions. Even then, the brand often stays in place, including sales channels and back-end infrastructures, leaving the new, bigger insurer with a cumbersome legacy. To find out more, download the complete study below from the Institute for Business Value.


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IBM Global C-suite Study: The Customer-activated Enterprise

  • Insights from the IBM Global C-suite Study

    Across the boardroom, CEOs, CIOs, CFOs, CMOs, CHROs and CSCOs must open up to customer influence, pioneer digital-physical innovation and craft engaging customer experiences.

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IBM C-Suite Studies

2012 IBM Global CEO Study: Leading Through Connections
Interviews with more than 1,700 CEOs worldwide.


2011 IBM Global CMO Study: From Stretched to Strengthened
Interviews with 1,734 CMOs reveal three necessary actions: serve empowered customers, deliver customer value and be accountable to the business.



2011 IBM Global CIO Study: The Essential CIO
Conversations with 3,108 CIOs show how CIOs can be essential by leveraging business and IT to meet their particular organization's goals.


2010 Global Chief Financial Officer Study: The New Value Integrator
More than 1,900 CFOs share the secrets of outperforming their peers by combining two capabilities: finance efficiency and business insight.


2010 Global Chief Human Resource Officer: Working Beyond Borders
The insights provided by more than 700 Chief Human Resource Officers around the world show how workforce investment is shifting.


2009 Global Chief Supply Chain Officer Study: The Smarter Supply Chain of the Future
Interviews with 393 supply chain executives describe how they are making supply chains more sustainable, flexible and responsive through increased instrumentation, interconnection and intelligence.

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