We’ll hit the ten-year anniversary of the smartphone in 2017. With no signs that the trend toward digitalization will slow any time soon, there’s no reason for supervisory boards not to hop on the bandwagon.

I was reading an article recently that referenced the approaching ten-year anniversary of the iPhone. I was shocked – a whole decade of our lives has been spent in the smartphone era? I looked it up, and sure enough, January 9, 2007 marked the day Steven Jobs unveiled the very first iPhone – an epic milestone that we’ll reach right at the beginning of 2017.

Whether we love or hate the smartphones that have become an integral part of our lives, there is no denying that the devices have had a disruptive effect on par with the invention of electricity or the automobile. The idea of flipping a switch and illuminating a room, or of hopping in a box with wheels and driving to a distant city in just a few hours, was once a mind-bending concept. Neither warrant a second thought today.

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