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Signals of Change
The essential radar that leaders need
to see and seize the future
BUSINESS FUTURES 2021
Choose to change.
Out of global crisis comes a new world of opportunities.
In the process of tackling global challenges,
o...
We give you the Signals.
Business Futures is Accenture’s structured approach
to identify Signals of business change that a...
Six Signals stood out as essential to the future success of organizations:
All six Signals present opportunities—
and ince...
Signal 1:
Learning From
the Future
Rather than focus on the past for insights,
leading organizations use data analytics
an...
Developing superior forward-looking capabilities creates
opportunities for organizations to stay one step ahead:
Business ...
88%
of C-suite respondents to our survey said that using
more forward-looking data sets and analytic approaches
to better ...
Signal 2:
Pushed to
the Edge
Leaders are responding to change
and challenge by pushing decision-
making authority to peopl...
Applying the logic of edge computing to operating
models offers valuable opportunities for businesses:
Business Futures 20...
82%
of C-suite respondents surveyed said that operating
more like a broad federation of enterprises will be
important to t...
Signal 3:
Sustainable
Purpose
Responding to the call for
businesses to serve stakeholders broadly,
organizations are build...
Now is the time for companies to embrace the
opportunities in becoming purpose-run:
Business Futures 2021: Signals of Chan...
96%
of C-suite respondents surveyed said their business
processes and their corporate policies incorporate
responsible bus...
Signal 4:
Supply
Unbounded
To meet growing customer needs for fast,
flexible, cost-effective, and sustainable
order fulfil...
Breaking the physical limits of their supply chains
enables organizations to do more with less:
Business Futures 2021: Sig...
49%
of C-suite respondents surveyed said that their
organizations are currently meeting customer
expectations for order fu...
Signal 5:
Real Virtualities
As virtual environments enhance
our physical worlds and redefine our sense
of place, innovativ...
Potential benefits of real virtualities include:
Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change
#BusinessFutures2021
Creating ne...
47%
of consumers are willing to pay extra for a product
they could customize using immersive technologies.
Business Future...
Signal 6:
The New
Scientific Method
As scientific disruption enables the
creation of better, cheaper, and more
sustainable...
The convergence of the sciences will bring about
major opportunities, including:
Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change
...
82%
of C-suite executives surveyed said that investing in
sciences outside their traditional industry boundaries
will be c...
Shape your business future.
Decisions made over the next 12 to 18 months could determine
the difference between thriving a...
#BusinessFutures2021
www.accenture.com/BusinessFutures2021
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  1. 1. Signals of Change The essential radar that leaders need to see and seize the future BUSINESS FUTURES 2021
  2. 2. Choose to change. Out of global crisis comes a new world of opportunities. In the process of tackling global challenges, organizations have transformed. How do we capitalize on this momentum and optimize for the new global reality? #BusinessFutures2021 Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change
  3. 3. We give you the Signals. Business Futures is Accenture’s structured approach to identify Signals of business change that are most critical for organizations to understand. Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021
  4. 4. Six Signals stood out as essential to the future success of organizations: All six Signals present opportunities— and incentives—to embrace change and find new ways to grow. Sustainable Purpose Move from purpose-focused to purpose-run Pushed to the Edge Decentralize decision-making LearningFrom theFuture See change before it happens Supply Unbounded Break physical limits of fulfillment Real Virtualities Redefine reality and place TheNew ScientificMethod Become a scientific company Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021 Signals that will shape your future
  5. 5. Signal 1: Learning From the Future Rather than focus on the past for insights, leading organizations use data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to make decisions and define strategies that better anticipate the future. Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021
  6. 6. Developing superior forward-looking capabilities creates opportunities for organizations to stay one step ahead: Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021 Capturing opportunities that would otherwise be unseen Preparing for risk that would otherwise be unexpected
  7. 7. 88% of C-suite respondents to our survey said that using more forward-looking data sets and analytic approaches to better predict and respond to future events will be important to their success. Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021
  8. 8. Signal 2: Pushed to the Edge Leaders are responding to change and challenge by pushing decision- making authority to people at the “edges,” relying on highly networked teams to act with speed and agility. Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021
  9. 9. Applying the logic of edge computing to operating models offers valuable opportunities for businesses: Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021 Better managing the risks associated with fragmenting markets Responding faster to changing local preferences
  10. 10. 82% of C-suite respondents surveyed said that operating more like a broad federation of enterprises will be important to their organization’s success. Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021
  11. 11. Signal 3: Sustainable Purpose Responding to the call for businesses to serve stakeholders broadly, organizations are building sustainability into the fabric of their operations— and making social responsibility sustainable. Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021
  12. 12. Now is the time for companies to embrace the opportunities in becoming purpose-run: Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021 Closing the intention-delivery gap will reap significant rewards Incorporating sustainability lies at the heart of new pathways to growth
  13. 13. 96% of C-suite respondents surveyed said their business processes and their corporate policies incorporate responsible business practices, or will do so within the next three years. Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021
  14. 14. Signal 4: Supply Unbounded To meet growing customer needs for fast, flexible, cost-effective, and sustainable order fulfillment, companies are restructuring their supply chains and moving production to the point of demand. Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021
  15. 15. Breaking the physical limits of their supply chains enables organizations to do more with less: Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021 Decoupling fulfillment from distance Fulfilling more orders from a smaller footprint and with less waste
  16. 16. 49% of C-suite respondents surveyed said that their organizations are currently meeting customer expectations for order fulfillment. Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021
  17. 17. Signal 5: Real Virtualities As virtual environments enhance our physical worlds and redefine our sense of place, innovative organizations create new ways for people to work, consume, and socialize. Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021
  18. 18. Potential benefits of real virtualities include: Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021 Creating new value for organizations and individuals Improving employee and customer interactions
  19. 19. 47% of consumers are willing to pay extra for a product they could customize using immersive technologies. Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021
  20. 20. Signal 6: The New Scientific Method As scientific disruption enables the creation of better, cheaper, and more sustainable products and services, leading companies will become scientific companies—and apply science to tackle the world’s fundamental challenges. Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021
  21. 21. The convergence of the sciences will bring about major opportunities, including: Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021 Embracing the systematic change that’s transforming how entire sectors of the economy work Benefiting from scientific-led disruption to help create products and services that will be better, cheaper and more sustainable
  22. 22. 82% of C-suite executives surveyed said that investing in sciences outside their traditional industry boundaries will be critical to their own organization’s success. Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021
  23. 23. Shape your business future. Decisions made over the next 12 to 18 months could determine the difference between thriving and struggling to survive in the next five years. Now is the time to capitalize on change and seize the future. Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change #BusinessFutures2021
  24. 24. #BusinessFutures2021 www.accenture.com/BusinessFutures2021 Read the full report
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