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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; 16 9; 1999 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

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My Succint Review

The Book is very very good. The Author gave his reader's use cases of real World Businesses in the late '90s and early 2000s of Corporations sectors like Banking, Education, Healthcare, Military, Governance, Aviation, indicating How Microsoft help to Implement the Digital Processes that ensure these Businesses catchup with the Velocity of Operations that the 21st Century is about. He also gave the reader the exact Applications used in each Use Case.

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  • Scott
  • 08-12-04

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 *****

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  • Ofer
  • 25-11-04

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-07-15

if you read in 1990's that would be a great book.

this book is about many many future predictions that are already happened.


the narrator did a great job.

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  • SS
  • 10-02-11

Old

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 Outdated and boring today.

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  • Shamak
  • 06-01-10

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.

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  • Michael Stringer
  • 08-09-07

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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  • Jeffrey
  • 02-09-05

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.

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  • Rurik McKaiser
  • 25-03-17

Timeless Gates Wisdom

This book was written 20 years ago and still very valid today.

I definitely recommend this book!

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  • SA
  • 23-03-17

Going digital

Would you listen to Business @ the Speed of Thought again? Why?

No, I would not be able to listen again. Given that I rated it 5 stars that has to be puzzling. The reason is that nearly two decades have passed since the writing of this book and the bewildering progress of "digital" in our lives made it hard to listen to this "outdated" book. I somewhat expected to be bored. The only reason I picked this book to listen is that the vision that Bill Gates had is still playing out and is in an early inning of the game. There are lots of "cool" uses of digital information which are not productive; actually they are time robbers. Some have actually destroyed lives. For example, distracted driving because of texting! Bill Gates was exactly correct in pursuing productivity with Microsoft. Boring ideas are often the most lucrative ones, don't we know that now from Microsoft's success?

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I needed many breaks from it.

Any additional comments?

I would like Bill Gates to write a sequel some day, perhaps a decade from now.

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  • Joseph Johnson
  • 29-09-16

Out dated and not much information gain

This book talks about what the future is going to be like in ten or twenty years having been written almost 20 years ago in 1999 at the peak of Microsoft's influence on the world. It talks about intranets and adoption of personal computer technology in business as a novel concept that will transform our paper world, which is common place today. It would have been an interesting read in 1999 but is far to outdated to be of any useful insight today.

There are a couple of gems of knowledge in it though which are timeless, such as, "Business leaders overestimate 2 years and underestimate 10 years", which almost make it worth the read.