Technology Insights

Volume XVIII, Issue 45 | November 28, 2016 | By: Clare Chatfield, Larry Verge

Cybersecurity is a key concern today for businesses around the globe. There is no shortage of advice, however most focus is on IT risk, with little attention paid to the broader, strategic causes and implications. In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting partners Clare Chatfield and Larry Verge recommend a holistic approach to cybersecurity that addresses both the technology and people-based risks.

Volume XVIII, Issue 39 | October 19, 2016 | By: Jonathan Simmons

The constantly changing relationship between online and offline retail channels is making the task of store network planning more than challenging than ever as retailers strive to maximize profit margins. In this Executive Insights, London partner Jonathan Simmons explains how sophisticated network planning tools and advanced data analytics can help retailers to plan effectively and achieve greater profitability.

Volume XVIII, Issue 37 | October 13, 2016 | By: Ray Fujii

Smartphone penetration in Japan has taken off, rising from just 15% of the population in 2011 to more than 75% today. The surge in handheld devices has paved the way for an explosion in mobile application development. This Executive Insights analyzes key factors behind the growth in smartphones and mobile apps, and identifies four critical success factors for market entrants to consider.

Spotlight 1 | March 24, 2016 | By: Aaron Smith, Darren Perry, Harsha Madannavar

In this Executive Insights' "Spotlight on Technology: Steering Clear of the Danger Zones," learn why companies are increasingly taking advantage of IT services to migrate their industry-specific services to the cloud, how customers are utilizing vendors and which vendors will win by capitalizing on these opportunities.

Volume XVII, Issue 22 | July 9, 2015 | By: Eric Navales, Robert Haslehurst

In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. examines the factors that will drive successful commercialization of Internet of Things (IoT) from manufacturers of connected devices including industrial equipment, smart home and consumer electronics companies, to those who enable the connectivity of such devices and those who market and distribute the devices. Those companies that choose a smart and thoughtful approach to bringing their devices to market will have the best shot at thriving in the world of IoT.

Spotlight 3 | June 16, 2015 | By: Dan Schechter

As new technologies are developed and price points drop, virtual reality (VR) is poised to take off for some applications. In this Executive Insights’ "Spotlight on Media and Entertainment" series, L.E.K. takes a look at the three different types of VR including Super VR, Medium VR, and Casual Mobile VR.

Volume XVII, Issue 13 | April 6, 2015 | By: Joseph Johnson, Harsha Madannavar

In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting examines how HCIT companies can crack the code to achieve maximum commercial potential and take advantage of the seismic changes overturning healthcare in the United States.

Volume XVI, Issue 43 | December 12, 2014 | By: Robert Haslehurst, Carol Wingard Systematic Approach to Commercializing Innovative Technology

Collaboration is essential—the need to mobilize multiple stakeholders applies to a broad range of innovators and market participants across the value chain. Although many innovators recognize the need to build an ecosystem of stakeholders, the follow-through isn’t always there. In this Executive Inisghts, L.E.K.'s Robert Haslehurst and Carol Wingard introduce a five-step approach to help innovators maximize their chances of commercializing new technologies.

Volume XVI, Issue 28 | July 9, 2014 | By: Martin Pilkington, Geoff Parkin The Four Key Elements of Innovation Best Practice Minimum Loveable Product Approach Innovation Cycle of an Online Travel Retailer

In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting examines exactly how digital specialists handle innovation and what separates them from competitors who struggle to achieve such fast innovation cycle times.

Volume XV, Issue 26 | November 8, 2013 | By: Aaron Smith IT Trends and Purchasing Behavior: The Growing Number of Decision Makers for IT Purchases. IT Purchasing Trends: Longer Buying Cycles for Large Purchase Decisions. Primary Way End Customers Discover New Technologies and Vendors. Point at Which VARs (Value-Added Resellers) First Get Involved in the Decision Process. VARs are involved in about 80% of decisions.

L.E.K. Consulting surveyed 228 IT decision makers to assess the way companies are handling IT procurement and how this will affect IT vendors. In a new Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting’s Aaron Smith and Mark Arman explore the insights from the study and formulate strategies for IT vendors to navigate this new terrain.