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Want to see broadband’s future? Check out the airline industry

Gigaom

A New Yorker explainer on why the airlines want to make you suffer has been making the social media rounds. It’s an excellent case study in how the airlines have created a miserable experience for passengers so they can build a profitable business based on charging fees for bags, early boarding and better seats. It’s also just like the playbook big broadband companies are using as they make efforts to charge both consumers and the content companies for access to their pipes.

The parallels between the airlines and the goals and arguments of the broadband industry are too similar. For example, from the New Yorker piece we have this section:

[blockquote person=”” attribution=””]The airlines, and some economists, argue that the rise of the fee model is good for travellers. You only pay for what you want, and you can therefore save money if you, for instance, don’t mind sitting…

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Open Innovation 2020: 5 Trends to Know.

THE INNOVATION GARAGE®

In 4th quarter 2014, The Innovation Garage® visited 7 cities and attended or facilitated 7 events on the subjects of The Next Decade in Procurement, Design for Manufacturing, Supply Chain Technology, Innovation Executive Leadership and Accelerating Innovation across the mid market company enterprise.

We’ll share what we have learned and the common connections in a series of The Innovation Garage® blog posts over the coming weeks. We’ll offer some steps on how to address the challenges in your business and link them to your open innovation business growth strategy. Here’s a quick list of the themes we’ll focus on:

Trend 1:Welcome to the Worlds First Truly Free Market.

The Internet has smashed the playing field and traditional business models for EVERYONE. Internet usage has grown from 100 million users in 1999 to 3 billion.

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  • Did you know that today, with some internet savvy research by your customers, 75%…

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Procurement’s growing role: is it sustainable?

Commitment Matters

On Spend Matters, Peter Smith recently made interesting observations about the growth of Procurement influence. He suggests that two major factors have raised its profile and purpose, one being the dramatic growth of external spend (largely driven by outsourcing) and the other being globalization. Each of these has taken organizations into uncharted waters, stretching internal skills and experience and exposing unfamiliar risks.

One obvious effect of this shift has been the centralization of most Procurement functions, as management realised the importance of greater controls, more consistent policies and the consolidation of spend in a group outside the control of individual business units.

But as Peter points out, spend volume cannot go on increasing for ever and many of the risks associated with global procurement are becoming better understood and managed. So what is the next big thing that will maintain the influence of the Procurement function – or isn’t there one, was this growth…

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