***Editor’s note: Extreme Competition: Innovation and the Great 21st Century Business Reformation, Peter Fingar, Meghan-Kiffer Press, 2006, is available here. Note: see the 1-minute video trailer for the book at http://www.mkpress.com/extreme.

Although mainstream economic thought holds that America’s history of creativity and entrepreneurialism will allow it to adapt to the rise of such emerging economies as India and China, I think that is so much wishful thinking. Globalization will not only finish off what’s left of American manufacturing, but will turn so-called knowledge workers, which were supposed to be America’s competitive advantage, into just another global commodity. —Andy Grove, Co-Founder, Intel and Author of Only the Paranoid Survive



Extreme Competition sounds a penetrating wake-up call to governments, companies, and individuals alike. There are some fierce new competitors on the block, ready to engage your company, and you personally, in extreme competition. They play hardball and dominate their industries. They innovate by how they operate, how they deliver their services, how they do what they do, the ways they conduct their business operations at the delight of their customers. They go beyond just delivering products or services, and, as Starbucks taught us, on to delivering experiences that command a premium, and even change lifestyles. Through their laser scopes, fierce new competitors have their eyes on you and your company. Your customers are their target, and they’d do almost anything to take them away from you.

There is no doubt something new is going on in business, though it may not be clear exactly what. You, your company, or your industry may already feel the heat. Indeed, there is a next big thing in business, but it’s not about dot-com booms; it’s about operational innovation and business transformation, driven by the emergence of a wired world. To distill this great 21st century business transformation and what it portends for businesses and individuals, BPM expert and author, Peter Fingar, reached out to fourteen experts from India, China, Europe, Japan, Australia, Korea, Singapore and the Mid-East to bring up-to-the minute research to the book’s pages. Those experts brought fresh information you’d only hear around the water cooler in high-tech organizations in Shanghai, London, Bangalore, Taipei, Tokyo, Hyderabad, Sydney, Riyadh, Manama, Seoul and Singapore—stepping up to the plate to make this synthesis and distillation reflect a global snapshot of the new world of extreme competition. Although they were continents apart during the development of the book, they were virtual office mates through their many collaborations using Skype Internet telephone, messaging and file sharing—total cost of collaborating this way? $Zero! Such intimate interaction with individual knowledge workers, scattered around the globe, wasn’t possible before the world was wired, and gives you a hint of what this book is about—extreme collaboration without borders.

-1-

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  

   Next Page

Explore Our Topics

  • EDITOR'S BRIEFING
  • Virtual Conferences
  • Webinars
  • Roundtables

BPM in Action

March 10, 2011

The sixth annual BPM in Action 2011 Virtual Conference will explore cutting-edge market developments in BPM and describe how to leverage them for improved business operation and performance. More

View All Virtual Conferences

Smart Case Management: Why It's So Smart.

Date:Nov 05, 2009
Time:12:00 PM ET- (17:00 GMT)

REGISTER TODAY!

Date:Oct 29, 2009
Time:15:00 PM ET- (19:00 GMT)

REGISTER TODAY!
View All Roundtables
  • Research Library
  • Podcasts
  • News

Joe McKendrick: Part II of II: Designing Evolve-ability into SOA and IT Systems

In part two of Joe McKendrick's recent podcast with Miko Matsumura, chief strategist for Software AG, they talk about how SOA and IT systems need to change and grow and adapt with the organization around it.

Listen Now

Phil Wainewright: Helping Brands Engage with Social Media

Phil Wainewright interviews David Vap, VP of products at RightNow Technologies, and finds out how sharing best practices can help businesses understand how best to engage with online communities.

Listen Now

Peter Schooff: Making Every IT Dollar Result in a Desired Business Outcome: Scott Hebner of IBM Rati

Scott Hebner, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for IBM Rational, discusses a topic on the top of every company's mind today: getting the most from IT investments.

Listen Now

Jessica Ann Mola: Where Will BI Fit In? Lyndsay Wise Explains

In BI, this tough economy and the increasing role of Web 2.0 and MDM are certainly topics on people's minds today. WiseAnalytics' Lyndsay Wise addresses each of them in this informative podcast.

Listen Now

Dennis Byron: Talking with...Deepak Singh of BPM Provider Adeptia

Deepak Singh, President and CTO of Adeptia, joins ebizQ's Dennis Byron in a podcast that gets its hand around the trend of industry-specific BPM.

Listen Now
More Podcasts
  • Most Popular
  • Quick Guide
  • Most Discussed

Quick Guide: What is BPM?

Learn More

Quick Guide: What is Event Processing?

Smart event processing can help your company run smarter and faster. This comprehensive guide helps you research the basics of complex event processing (CEP) and learn how to get started on the right foot with your CEP project using EDA, RFID, SOA, SCADA and other relevant technologies. Learn More

Quick Guide: What is Enterprise 2.0?

A lot of people are talking about Enterprise 2.0 as being the business application of Web 2.0 technology. However, there's still some debate on exactly what this technology entails, how it applies to today's business models, and which components bring true value. Some use the term Enterprise 2.0 exclusively to describe the use of social networking technologies in the enterprise, while others use it to describe a web economy platform, or the technological framework behind such a platform. Still others say that Enterprise 2.0 is all of these things. Learn More