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Business @ the Speed of Thought: Using a Digital Nervous System | [Bill Gates (Founder, CEO, Microsoft)]

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Using a Digital Nervous System

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Publisher's Summary

As the cofounder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Microsoft, the world's leading provider of software for personal computers, Bill Gates played a prominent role in launching the Information Age. Now this modern visionary reveals how expanding technology is propelling the business world into an exciting new economic era...how every manager can - and must - stay ahead of the curve...and how integrated information systems can help every organization achieve Business @ the Speed of Thought. This program is narrated by Roger Steffens and includes commentary by the author.

©1999 by William H. Gates, III, All Rights Reserved; (P)1999 by William H. Gates, III; ©1999 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

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    Scott scottsdale, AZ, USA 12-08-04
    Scott scottsdale, AZ, USA 12-08-04
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    "My one start vote reasoning."

    This is actually a good book and I always enjoy hearing Bill G. talk. The problem is that it's all circa 199X, and he's talking about the future which in many cases has already come and gone.
    In 199X I would have given this *****

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ofer Tel Aviv, N/A, Israel 11-25-04
    Ofer Tel Aviv, N/A, Israel 11-25-04
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    "Boring"

    I'm really interested in the microsoft and bill gates story but this book is so slow and boring, i couldn't listen to more then 2-3 first chapters. a shame.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    SS 02-10-11
    SS 02-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Old"

    Must have been nice to read it when released, over 10 years ago. Outdated and boring today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shamak MocowRussian Federation 01-06-10
    Shamak MocowRussian Federation 01-06-10
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    "Completeness of the audio book"

    A lot of paragraphs and even chapters are skiped in the audio book as compared with the paper book. Reading is very good for listenning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Intriguing"

    Very interesting to hear about how Microsoft automated their own company. Learning about FalconView was fasinating!

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    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 09-08-07
    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 09-08-07 Member Since 2007

    I look for books with ideas on multiple levels, a good story, and a bit of fun.

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    "Book of case studies"

    Bill Gates has provided us a book full of case studies showing how information technology can improve businesses in many different ways. It gives few insights on why benefits came, nor does it give guidelines on replicating the case studies in the reader's context.

    I think the book would be great for business people trying to imagine how information technology may help their organisations. I suggest that before acting people look elsewhere for more guidance on what to actually do, such as Dr. Goldratt's ideas in 'Beyond the Goal'.

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    Milward Panama, N/A, Panama 01-11-06
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    "Food for thought"

    For me, a teacher and translator this audio is the best talk I have heard so far. Not so much on the business side, but on the cybernetical one. Mr Gates develops an excellent emphasis on technology and language with simplicity.

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    Jeffrey Miami Beach, FL, United States 09-02-05
    Jeffrey Miami Beach, FL, United States 09-02-05
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    "Banal"

    Not much new here, in fact it is a rehash of better read books like FutureShock and books written by Tom Peters'. The narration itself puts one in combat with the desire to nod off and the interspersed dialog from Bill himself adds little. Don't waste your time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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