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Dental Supplies Company Exemplifies Digital Transformation Through Cloud, Mobile, IoT

You probably don't think of Henry Schein as a technology company. In fact, you probably don't think of Henry Schein at all. At No. 268 on the Fortune 500, it is one of the least known names on the list, in the most mundane of businesses - wholesaling supplies to dentists. But Henry Schein has managed to place itself at the center of a technological revolution. It has turned its dull-as-mouthwash catalogue business into the leading platform for digital dentistry, and increasingly for other medical practices.

Dental Supplies Company Exemplifies Digital Transformation Through Cloud, Mobile, IoT

In today’s economy almost every big company, even one selling dental drills, is on a journey of digital transformation. Cloud and mobile computing, ubiquitous sensors producing endless streams of data, and ever more intelligent algorithms have created the potential to transform nearly every aspect of nearly every business. Getting ahead in the digital journey can lead to outsize success, as the Henry Schein story illustrates. Falling behind, in a race with winner-take-most dynamics, can cause fatal disruption.

Today’s savviest executives recognize that. Three-quarters of the CEOs on the subject said a transformative trio of technologies—cloud computing, mobile computing, and the Internet of Things—will be either “very important” or “extremely important” to their businesses in the future. More than 50 percent added artificial intelligence and machine learning to the list.

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In today’s economy almost every big company, even one selling dental drills, is on a journey of digital transformation. Cloud and mobile computing, ubiquitous sensors producing endless streams of data, and ever more intelligent algorithms have created the potential to transform nearly every aspect of nearly every business. Getting ahead in the digital journey can lead to outsize success, as the Henry Schein story illustrates. Falling behind, in a race with winner-take-most dynamics, can cause fatal disruption.

Today’s savviest executives recognize that. Three-quarters of the CEOs on the subject said a transformative trio of technologies—cloud computing, mobile computing, and the Internet of Things—will be either “very important” or “extremely important” to their businesses in the future. More than 50 percent added artificial intelligence and machine learning to the list.

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Dental Supplies Company Exemplifies Digital Transformation Through Cloud, Mobile, IoT