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  • Over the next few years, we should expect massive disruption across a wide swath of industries, so executives must keep an eye on the subscription economy.

  • Business and IT leaders should pay attention to virtual currency systems that gamify tasks and reward their users for making performance and behavioral changes.

  • A significant number of executives and managers believe that their organization lacks a clear and coherent digital strategy, according to a recent survey from MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte Digital. The resulting report, "Strategy, not Technology, Drives Digital Transformation," identifies strategy as the key driver of success in the digital arena. It warns that conservative companies that are too risk-adverse are "unlikely to thrive—and they'll also lose talent, as employees across all age groups want to work for businesses committed to digital progress." The report also states that many companies are struggling to conceptualize how new digital technologies can impact their current business processes and models. Other barriers include competing priorities, security concerns and a lack of required tech skills. What's needed, the report concludes, is a cohesive enterprise approach to anticipate and respond to business-benefiting strategies and trends. "Those companies developing enterprise-level digital strategies are moving ahead, while those that aren't are struggling," says Doug Palmer, co-author of the report and a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP. "Digitally maturing companies embrace innovation and collaboration and have leaders who understand both technology and its potential impact on the business." More than 4,800 global execs, managers and analysts took part in the research.

  • While only a minority of companies surveyed have already deployed some form of the Internet of things (IoT), the majority are interested in doing so, according to research from Strategy Analytics. The resulting "The IoT 2015 Deployment and Usage Trends" survey reveals that businesses are already envisioning a wide variety of uses for the IoT. Some are seeking proactive alerting systems, while others want to use this technology to control equipment remotely. Considerations about physical safety and facilities oversight are also a factor, as a significant number of organizations view the IoT as a means to achieve better office security, video surveillance and "smart" building controls. Before companies put such plans into play, however, they'll have to address lingering challenges, including the need to integrate IoT solutions with legacy systems and software, as well as any security-related concerns. So, for now, an "approach with caution" mindset appears to be in play for any imminent deployment initiatives. "Enterprise interest in the IoT is high, driven by the need to address and solve pragmatic business issues," says Laura DiDio, director of IoT strategies, enterprise research and consulting for Strategy Analytics. "But it's equally clear that organizations are still assessing the myriad offerings and specific integration and migration strategies." Professionals representing more than 450 global businesses took part in the research.