Video- Tech visionary Irving Wladawsky-Berger discusses the importance of mobile and smartphones for small and medium businesses.
Because the use of mobile technology and smartphones are growing at an exponential rate people, companies are becoming more and more comfortable doing business virtually. How does this trend impact small and medium businesses? To find out, we sat down for a video interview with tech visionary Irving Wladawsky-Berger. Wladawsky-Berger worked in the IBM Research Lab and later as an e-business strategist for Big Blue. More recently he has been consulting on technology topics.
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For small and medium businesses, the mobile trend and advent of the smartphone means:
- Businesses can reach customers in real time
- Employees can be in touch with each other to solve problems and execute those solutions
- Employees can also connect with customers to engage, update and solve problems in real time
In addition to the impact of mobile technology on small and medium business, we also asked Wladawsky-Berger about how the mobile trend is changing the global communities, the global landscape and specifically international trade for small and medium businesses.
PCs and laptops created a digital divide, he says. Smartphones and mobile technology, on the other hand, is now affordable to many who could not afford a PC. Mobile wireless is also relatively inexpensive. Just 10 years ago only a small percentage of people and businesses were digitally connected. Today, however, mobile has created many more customer opportunities. U.S. small and medium businesses are reaching out to Latin America. He also discusses the impact to businesses locally and globally.
In the future, he predicts the following advances in mobile technology:
- The continued growth of smartphone advances and new features
- Smartphones, apps and their capabilities will continue to become more affordable, bringing more people and businesses into the global and business community
- The extended connectivity will raise the standard of living worldwide
The future of mobile and smartphones will bring new opportunities for small and medium businesses to become players in the global economy.
View View Episode 5: Irving Wladawsky-Berger on STEM, Small & Medium Business here
About the author
Irving Waldawsky-Berger, born in Cuba, retired from IBM on May 31, 2007 after 37 years with the company. Since then, I have collaborated with colleagues at IBM on a number of initiatives including Cloud Computing and Smarter Planet. In March of 2008 I joined Citigroup as Strategic Advisor, working on innovation and technology initiatives including the transition to mobile digital money and payments. In April of 2012 I became a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal. Emigrated from Cuba and entered high school, followed by the University of Chicago graduating with a PHD in physics.