Building Information-Enabled Organizations

Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

New business models, quantum computing, big data, software-as-a-service, robotics, crowd-sourcing, automation, 3D printing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things, and a host of other accelerating technologies, are shaking up the business world. These technological changes are forcing the leaders of many of the world’s largest and well-established organizations to rethink how they do what they do. This rethinking involves reimagining how they will create, manage, localize, and prepare content for consumption by the machines that people rely on to deliver products and services.

Today, we find ourselves at the precipice of transformation. Never before have so many metaphoric technological breakthroughs taken shape simultaneously. When compared with previous industrial upheavals that revolved around the introduction of a single game-changing disruption (e.g. the steam-powered engine ushered in a new era of transportation and commerce), the fourth revolution is evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace.

Unlike the three industrial revolutions that came before, each of which was made possible by the introduction of a single set of technological advancements, our current revolution — the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) — sometimes described as the perfect storm of new technologies, is an extreme makeover of business as usual. Made possible by harnessing the power of accelerating technologies and innovative new business models, 4IR is already transforming how we live and work in radical, often unexpected ways.

Information Development World seeks to help attendees discover and understand the changes needed in order to transform the companies they serve into information-enabled organizations capable of combining vast amounts of structured and unstructured information in new ways, integrating it, analyzing it, and delivering it to decision-makers, prospects, partners, customers, regulators, and other shareholders in powerful new formats and timeframes.

We aim to empower attendees with the knowledge they'll need to return to work with the tools needed to see — and plan for — the future and anticipate change.