Bain Technology Insights

  • 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.

  • What bloggers can teach the media

    January 31, 2006 | Media | Strategy & Innovation

    To successfully compete in the future, media companies need to learn how to get the most out of their content. Few industries have felt the disruptive impact of the last decade's biggest innovation, the internet, more than media.

  • How to pull out of a technology tailspin

    October 27, 2005 | Financial Services | American Banker

    Financial services companies pour enormous resources into building information technology capabilities to gain a competitive edge and power profitable growth.

  • It can pay to be a copycat

    May 31, 2005 | Technology | The Financial Times

    What pathway should a technology company take nearly to double its revenue? In April, Dell Computer said it would take the direct route: extending its powerful direct to the customer business model from PCs into flat panel televisions, laptops, and now printers.

  • Telecom's other 'merger'

    May 16, 2005 | Telecommunications | The Wall Street Journal

    In all the clamor over the telecom industry's recent deals — with $100 billion committed so far — few have paid note to a more fundamental sort of telecom merger: the long-anticipated convergence of voice and data networks.