Bain Technology Insights

  • Waiting for the home networking guy

    June 02, 2008 | Telecommunications | BusinessWeek Online

    Anyone who has taken a do-it-yourself approach to home networking gets exactly why we need Best Buy's Geek Squad. As digital media technology finds more locations within the home, and becomes increasingly complex, there's a growing need for technical experts to help make it all work together.

  • Getting the e-payments payoff

    May 22, 2008 | Financial Services | American Banker

    The Internet ushered in "frictionless commerce" nearly a decade ago. And yet the vast majority of business-to-business payments—exchanges that total $27 trillion annually—remain stuck in the counting-house age, moving by paper invoices and old-fashioned checks.

  • Lean Six Sigma for the manufacturing industry

    May 19, 2008 | Performance Improvement | Bain Brief

    As a methodology for improving both factory output and quality, Lean Six Sigma (LSS) has gained widespread popularity. The approach, which aims to help companies create leaner manufacturing operations and boost product quality to no more than 3.

  • Emerging Digital Ecosystem business models at the confluence of the IT, telecom, and media and entertainment industries

    May 15, 2008 | Media | World Economic Forum

    Particularly stable in the past was telecommunications. Its basic business model involved generating a reasonable return on capital-intensive network infrastructure assets that connected businesses and individuals in a highly regulated environment.

  • How Asian firms are finding hidden assets

    May 11, 2008 | Fundamentals of Growth | The Edge

    No matter how this market drama plays out, they need to be prepared at all times to weather any change in the business climate. Winning CEOs have learnt this lesson and have a growth strategy in place to ensure the future stays bright.

  • Avoiding the alignment trap in IT

    September 04, 2007 | Technology | Sloan Management Review

    Charles Schwab & Co., the big financial services firm, grew up around its information technology capabilities. IT was the key factor that allowed the young discount-brokerage house to offer customers lower prices on trades than traditional brokers.

  • Patenting for profits

    June 30, 2007 | Technology | Sloan Management Review

    Managing intellectual property rights used to be straightforward. A company produced great innovations, obtained as many patents as possible and exploited those patents in the marketplace. But the intellectual property world has changed argue the authors.

  • The unassured future of wireless data

    April 16, 2007 | Telecommunications | BusinessWeek Online

    On the surface, it would seem that text messaging and other wireless data services are becoming commonplace. But the actual patterns of use point to a different scenario—one that makes it much harder for wireless providers to expand their data services profitably. When Bain & Co.

  • The service industry is key to the future

    July 19, 2006 | JoongAng Daily

    China is known for manufacturing half of the world's microwave ovens and a third of its television sets, but its economy is now shifting toward services.

  • Fighting heats up in battle of the bundle

    February 21, 2006 | Telecommunications | The Financial Times

    Cable television and telephone companies are spending heavily to create the wired world's vision of nirvana: integrated voice, internet and video to the home. But so far, customers are resisting "bundled" services in their droves.