Technology Review Business Reports provide insights into how new technologies are impacting industries, transforming companies, disrupting markets, and changing how we work.
From farm to table, technology could change how we grow, process, distribute, buy, and prepare our food.
How technologies from smartphones to social media are used to influence our tastes, behavior, and even habits.
From Apple Pay to Bitcoin, payment technology is changing. Some of the big winners in this “revolution” may be the old guard.
Urban centers will add 2.5 billion residents over the next 35 years. Can technology help them cope?
Manufacturing’s pivotal role in nurturing innovation is being recognized from China to California. Where—and how—is it being done best?
New technologies promise a flood of molecular, environmental, and behavioral patient information. Will all that data make medicine better?
Billions of computers that can sense and communicate from anywhere are coming online. What will it mean for business?
How the NSA eavesdropping scandal could balkanize the Internet or make it safer.
Big data is changing forever how businesses decide what to do.
Technology is blurring the difference between online and offline retail.
Health-care spending is out of control. Can technology save us money?
Every region dreams of becoming the next center for technology and the cradle of tomorrow’s startups.
Data science and personal information are converging to shape the Internet’s most powerful and surprising consumer products.
Mobile computing is the fastest-spreading consumer technology in history, but the real change for the technology business is only just beginning.
Understand the technology and ideas behind the manufacturing renaissance.
Explore the powerful Web technologies and business ideas that will change education.
Will crowdfunding, X Prizes, and Internet billionaires unlock the next big innovation?
The future of automation: how businesses are putting algorithms and robots to work.
Internet advertising is the global $70 billion business that powers services like Google and Facebook. But has tracking of Web users gone too far?
Mobile devices outsold PCs last year for the first time, and top smart-phone apps are reaching the... expand kind of audiences it used to take technologies decades to reach. Mobile computing has arrived. The question now: what comes next? In this issue of Business Impact, we look at major technology and business questions facing mobile computing as it reaches for global ubiquity. From the bandwidth crunch to the app-vs.-Web debate, businesses can profit as much from understanding the limits of mobile computing as from its rapid spread.
The price of energy is rising. Carbon dioxide emissions are rising. But there’s one thing that’s... expand falling: the price of computing. In this issue, Business Impact profiles the emerging business strategy that says information technology could be the cheapest way to save or create more energy. Follow us this month into the smart electrical grid, save gas in a driverless car, and learn how some nations are exporting renewable power in the form of e-mails and Facebook photos.
Money has gone from seashells to gold to paper bills to digits in a computer. Now money is about to... expand evolve again as the mobile Internet unlocks new consumer behaviors and business opportunities. This month, Business Impact explores the ideas, companies, technologies, and new concepts of value that are redefining the future of money.
Digital natives are the young people who grew up with the Web. Now they’re disrupting it. This... expand month, Business Impact explores the expectations and challenges of “generation tech”—the twentysomethings who are putting their own twist on the ways that technology gets turned into products. From Internet protests to crowdsourced capital and do-it-yourself biologists working at home, young people are throwing today’s technology business models and institutions into question.
The cars we drive are about to change, and so are the ways we commute and do business. In this... expand month’s Business Impact we look at the arrival of communication technologies that are linking motor vehicles to the information grid. From mobility apps to electric cars and vehicle automation, the connected automobile is rewriting the rules of the automobile industry and creating the chance to reorganize our transportation infrastructure.
Technological disruption occurs when faster, simpler, cheaper inventions threaten market leaders.... expand From social networks to renewable energy and medical advances, the speed of technological change has never been greater. With the creative destruction of markets, startups and established companies are vying to create tomorrow’s businesses and shape a better society.
Long a multibillion-dollar industry in their own right, video and computer games are now affecting a... expand broad range of businesses. The appetites of game players are driving social and mobile technologies. Games are being used to train and manage employees, as well as to encourage customer loyalty and reduce health-care costs.
Treating computing as a utility, like electricity, is an old idea. But now it makes financial... expand sense—a historic shift that explains why cloud computing is reshaping the economics of IT. Even startup companies and consumers now can access massive amounts of computing power. The cloud is also raising new questions about privacy and security.
Medicine is stuck in the era of fax machines. But not for long. New technology and new laws are... expand making electronic health records ubiquitous, spurring innovation on mobile devices, in data analytics, and in telemedicine. Business Impact in September explores how the e-medicine explosion is changing the way we collect and use health information—and how businesses manage health care costs.
The explosion of mobile devices, together with social technologies and smart apps, is creating a new... expand distributed workforce. It’s transforming physical offices and how work gets done. This month, Technology Review examines the implications of this trend for business efficiency, productivity, and security.
In July, Business Impact will examine why advances in manufacturing are still critical to... expand economic prosperity and the health of your business. During the month, we will explore the intimate—and often complex—connections between innovation and advanced manufacturing. Innovation is critical in both creating new manufacturing opportunities and in developing new tools, such as robotics and cloud computing, that can make manufacturing more efficient and productive.
In June, Business Impact will show why information security isn’t an issue only the IT... expand department needs to worry about. We’ll explore why companies still struggle to secure data—from theft or loss—even after all the attention given to costly data breaches and hacking attacks. We’ll analyze fresh ideas for improving security in the cloud and on mobile devices and explain what smart companies are doing.
The increasing power of data analysis technologies is giving companies more opportunities to... expand understand what their customers want and need. Whether they’re scouring transaction records and Web clicks or newer sources of information, such as physical data from sensors and smart phones, companies are trying to improve their customer service and increase sales. The challenge is in choosing which data to crunch and how to act on the results. Throughout May, Business Impact will explore the technologies behind this new wave of data analytics and offer case studies of these ideas in action.
In Business Impact this month, we are exploring good design–of products, services, and the... expand entire customer experience. How has design become a competitive advantage for businesses? How does it help to foster innovation? We’ll explain where good designs come from and how technology is changing the way they are carried out.
Powerful software and widespread Internet connectivity are making it easier than ever for people to... expand work together no matter where they happen to be. Throughout March in Business Impact, Technology Review will look at the latest tools for collaboration within and between organizations. We’ll analyze why some technology-enabled collaborations work and why others don’t. We’ll explain why some collaboration tools have failed to prove useful to the employees meant to benefit from them. We’ll present case studies, profiles, and interviews that help you understand how to make the people in your organization more collaborative—and more productive.
The world’s most innovative companies are using technology to move faster and more decisively than... expand their competitors. They are mining data on their operations and their customers, letting their employees do inexpensive experiments, and using business software to get sprawling organizations working together. We’ll explore the industries that are most in need of fast innovation and examine new ways of doing business, with case studies and interviews from around the world.
The unclear prospects for energy policy in the United States are complicating life for businesses,... expand which don’t have the luxury of avoiding an energy strategy. In Business Impact this month, we explain why every company needs to be rethinking the ways it consumes electricity and raw materials. Companies’ approaches to using energy and other resources are becoming a crucial part of how their brands are perceived. Spikes in energy prices can damage a company’s finances. And new analyses of how products are made can save companies money. We dive into the technologies that businesses ought to consider, and we explore new models for funding energy upgrades.
More and more companies are using sophisticated software to model future behavior and probabilities... expand in their industries; applications range from disaster prevention to change management to anticipating the impact of economic trends to forecasting customer churn. We’ll explore how companies are employing software tools including data mining, business analytics, and neural networks to anticipate everything from this afternoon’s network traffic to potential crashes of communications satellites.
The marketplace of mobile devices and apps is exploding and new business models are emerging. How... expand are corporations using mobile technology to manage workflow, sell products and reduce costs? What kinds of apps are generating revenue and which free ones are changing the way companies do business? Tune in all month long for your daily dose of Business Impact.
October’s topic is digital marketing, and we are focusing our coverage on a theme: “technologies of... expand persuasion.” We’ll explore how companies are fusing technology with psychology to influence brand choice, to alter behavior, and to change attitudes.