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Tibco CEO Vivek Ranadivé: We are entering Civilisation 3.0

Zafar Anjum | Oct. 16, 2013
Tibco kicks off its largest ever user-conference, TUCON 2013, in Las Vegas

Vivek Ranadive

TIBCO chairman and CEO Vivek Ranadivé

We are entering a new era and it is Civilisation 3.0, announced TIBCO chairman and CEO Vivek Ranadivé in his inaugural keynote at Tibco's user-conference, TUCON 2013 in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

According to Ranadivé, Civilisation 1.0 was the first age of mankind in the pre-20th Century era where individuals were main contributors to society. That was the age of artisans and guilds who created value in society.

Civilisation 2.0 was kicked off by the industrial revolution.  What followed was massive industrialisation. It was the age of corporations where humans were organised for efficiency.

What is dawning upon us now is Civilisation 3.0 which has brought the emphasis back to the value creators. These value creators offer a service that delivers extreme value to their customers.

According to Ranadivé, this is the age of platforms that are big despite not owning anything. For example, the world's biggest bookstore (Amazon) has no physical bookstores, the world's biggest taxi company (Uber) doesn't have any taxis and the world's biggest maker of mobile chips Qualcomm doesn't have any factories.

Ranadivé said that five major forces have shaped the arrival of the new age:

  1. Explosion of data
  2. Rise of mobility
  3. Emergence of platforms
  4. Emergence of Asian economies
  5. Math trumping science

More data was created in this year alone than in all the years through human history combined, he explained. The rise of mobility has been such that there are more cellphones than there are toothbrushes in the world today. Emergence of platforms like Facebook and Amazon has changed the way of service, reach and human connection, said Ranadivé.

The emergence of Asian economies like China and India has had a major influence on businesses and industries, he said. Their emergence will restore a world balance as these two countries were major economic powers before the world was colonised.

According to Ranadivé, Math trumping Science means that if today's problems are approached as mathematical problems, the chances of their getting solved are higher. He offered the example of the mutation of the AIDS virus.  For years, scientists tried to solve the mutation conundrum as a biology problem. They could not crack it. Once the problem was presented as a game, users solved it within a week. 

He said these forces have created an impact leading to the birth of Civilisation 3.0.

Ranadivé said that in this new era, there will be winners and there will be losers. Those who provide extreme value to their customers will win, he said.


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