Business at the Speed of Thought by Bill Gates

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Business at the Speed of Thought by Bill Gates

This book inspires everybody to take actions for their future. The greatest billionaire, the head of a huge computer company “Microsoft” Bill Gates wrote it. The book was published in 1999. The author shares his knowledge of business principles and how to use information technology properly. If you want to create your own business, it is not enough being led only by your intuition and luck. The modern business is a powerful system, which already uses advanced information technologies. The book is addressed to those people who do not want to stop on the achieved results but prefer to use new technologies for their business, to bring it to automatism. Here you will also find stories of life of many people who have achieved success without much effort.

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Business at the Speed of Thought by Bill Gates

Information work is thinking work. When thinking and working together are significantly assisted by computer technology, you have a digital nervous system. It consists of the advanced digital processes that knowledge workers use to make better decisions – to think, act, react, and adapt. Michael Dertouzos of MIT writes that the future “Information Marketplace” will require a large amount of special software and complex combinations of human and machine processes – an excellent description of a digital nervous system at work.

Do you view information technology as a way to solve specific problems? Then you’re probably only getting a fraction of the benefits that modern computers and software can provide. Instead, you should be creating systems that will deliver information immediately to anyone who can use it – “digital nervous systems.”

Business at the Speed of Thought by Bill Gates

As the boss of Microsoft, the world’s most successful software company, I played a large part in the birth of the Information Age. In this book I explain the idea of a digital nervous system – the use of information technology to satisfy people’s needs at work and at home, just as the human nervous system supports the human mind.

Like a living creature, an organization works best if it can rely on a nervous system that sends information immediately to the parts that need it. A digital nervous system can unite all of an organization’s systems and processes, releasing rivers of information and allowing businesses to make huge leaps in efficiency, growth, and profits. I have a simple but strong belief: how you gather, manage, and use information will decide whether you win or lose.

The best way to put distance between your company and the crowd is to do an excellent job with information. There are more competitors today. There is more information available about them and about the market, which is now worldwide. The winners will be the ones who develop a world-class digital nervous system so that information can easily flow through their companies for maximum and constant learning.

I know what you’re going to say: no, it’s efficient processes! It’s quality! It’s winning market share and creating brands that are recognized! It’s getting close to customers! Success, of course, depends on all of these things. Nobody can help you if your processes aren’t efficient, if you don’t care about quality, if you don’t work hard to build your brand, if your customer service is poor. A bad business plan will fail however good your information is. And bad practice will spoil a good plan. If you do enough things badly, you’ll go out of business….

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