Summary of The Power of Now

How Winning Companies Sense & Respond To Change Using Real-Time Technology

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The Power of Now book summary
New event-driven corporations love information technology, like to reward their employees, and don’t want any outside partnerships. Why? Because it’s easier to be quick and flexible if you’re completely independent.


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Vivek Ranadive’s book says technology has changed the way business is conducted. Having seemingly stated the obvious, though, he tells you what this means. This technology has spawned "the event-driven revolution," a transforming shift in how corporations act. The book begins with the early transformation of the financial services industry to an event-driven business. It goes on to discuss enterprise business applications, and then the Internet. Throughout, the author addresses the differences between contemporary and event-driven business models, with great emphasis on the event-driven model. This book is densely written, yet surprisingly easy to read. Ranadive provides a good background for students and Internet entrepreneurs (all those who think the event-driven business world started with Jim Clark and Netscape are in for a shock). getAbstract recommends this book to leaders thinking of shifting to an event-driven business mode. You’ll also like it if you want enough background to join the conversation about how event-driven organizations function.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why event-driven companies are fiercely entrepreneurial
  • How to shift to an event-driven business mode
  • How to capitalize on Internet opportunities


The Event-Driven Company
An event-driven company runs its business with real-time, active information, which it also applies to its development of new products and services. Everything happens fast, and immediately. Such companies achieve a competitive advantage by creating virtual, integrated...
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About the Author

Vivek Ranadive is a pioneer of real-time software technologies that were first used to digitize Wall Street in the early 1980s. He is the founder and CEO of TIBCO Software Inc. (Palo Alto, CA), whose real-time software is used by hundreds of leading companies, including Cisco Systems, Goldman Sachs, NASDAQ, Philips and Yahoo!

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