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MIT CISR Welcomes Leslie Owens

Owens starts September 14
as Executive Director of MIT CISR
and MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer

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MIT CISR Research Poll: Internet of Things Strategy and Investment
The Internet of Things has the potential to connect assets, people, products, processes, and/or sources of data to each other via sensors, smart devices, and network infrastructure, realizing the long-forecasted connected house, car, factory, and ecosystem. All of this connectedness has the potential to radically change business models and the competitive landscape. Does your enterprise have an Internet of Things strategy, and more importantly, is there sufficient investment to get results from that strategy? Results from this poll will be part of MIT CISR’s 2015 Internet of Things research project findings.

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Executing a Consumer Digital Strategy at Kaiser Permanente

MIT CISR’s 2015 research on digital strategies—the research project Designing Digital Organizations: Strategic Responses to SMACIT-Induced Disruption —highlights two great challenges that companies confront as they transition to the digital economy: (1) choosing from all the investment opportunities related to new powerful and readily accessible technologies, and (2) synchronizing all the decisions and activities that enable new ways of offering solutions and engaging with customers.

The recent MIT CISR research briefing “Define your Digital Strategy—Now” summarizes our findings on how companies that successfully navigate this transition prioritize investments. We are currently creating a series of case vignettes, which describe how each of twenty-five companies participating in our study redesign themselves to handle the challenge of coordinating activities and synchronizing business changes. Kaiser Permanente is an excellent example of innovative redesign that empowers frontline employees. A forthcoming case vignette will describe how Kaiser Permanente executes its consumer digital strategy by (1) governing big picture decisions, (2) enabling departments to innovate very quickly with a platform that offers cloud-based services and modular pricing, and (3) transforming IT into a service-centric organization with a DevOps approach to development.

Our Sponsors

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As MIT CISR Research Patrons & Sponsors, more than 80 organizations currently experience the value of our innovation and research. Click the “view all” button above for a complete list. We are grateful to our newest member organizations:


• L&T Infotech Limited


• Bank of Queensland (Australia)
• Cardinal Health, Inc.
• DentaQuest
• El Corte Inglés (Spain)

In the Media

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B!T Magazine (

Tourism Innovation Competition debate o papel do digital no desenvolvimento turístico” By Catarina Gomes August 19, 2015

Enterprise CIO Forum (

Why are CIOs and their enterprise architects waiting for a forest fire?” By Myles Suer August 13, 2015

Apigee Blog (

How to Speak Digital with your Board” By Bryan Kirschner August 13, 2015

Tech Target (

Five digital disruptors talk successes and strategies” By Nicole Laskowski August 10, 2015

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For CIOs invested in digital transformation, think platform” By Nicole Laskowski August 7, 2015

Tech Target (

Why platforms enable transformation; experts talk Windows 10 privacy” By Brian Holak August 7, 2015

BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT: Project Eye Blog (

Common IT platforms: minding the gap” August 7, 2015