ESI ThoughtLab is an innovative think tank that offers fresh ideas and evidence-based analysis to help business and government leaders understand and respond to economic, industry and technological shifts around the world.
Our in-house team of over 40 economic, industry, and thought leadership specialists excel at creating valuable decision support that combines visionary thinking, analytical excellence, with engaging multi-format content.
Our Latest Thought Leadership Work
What is a hyperconnected city? ESI ThoughtLab defines it as one that leverages new digital technologies to transform and interconnect key areas of an urban ecosystem in order to unlock the greatest potential economic and social benefits for its citizens. These benefits come in different forms—from quantifiable advantages such as faster public transportation, lower crime […]Read More
Improved public safety, health, business productivity, and economic growth are just some of the benefits October 1, 2019 (Philadelphia, PA) – Today, ESI ThoughtLab unveiled preliminary findings from its 2019 Smart City Research Initiative, Building a Hyperconnected City. The study of 100 worldwide metro centers found that most cities are seeing major economic, financial, and social benefits from their investments in smart technologies, but also greater cyber–risks, if digital innovation is not managed properly. According to the study, 38% of […]Read More
Last year, Econsult Solutions’ thought leadership team, ESI ThoughtLab produced Smarter Cities 2025, a global benchmarking study which assessed various smart city initiatives to better understand how governments, citizens, and businesses were embracing new digital technologies. Currently, our team is well under way with the 2019 follow-up study, Building a Hyperconnected City. This year’s research […]Read More
Companies across all industries are embracing robotic process automation (RPA). In as little as two years, RPA leaders – those companies our research identified as ahead of the curve – […]
To benchmark the emergence of new jobs, Cognizant created the Jobs of the Future Index (CJoF Index). This quarterly index measures the changes in demand for a set of 50 jobs […]
As digital transformation propels organizations worldwide to deploy digitally-enabled products and services that increasingly collect and leverage abundant amounts of data, protecting that data and maintaining consumer trust is increasingly […]
Building a Hyperconnected City
Businesses and residents are embracing technological innovation faster than many cities can react. With digital change happening in hyper-speed, urban leaders need to act now to bridge the technology gap between their cities and stakeholders.
Building a Hyperconnected City will provide urban and business leaders with the definitive playbook for creating a digitally-enabled and seamlessly interlinked ecosystem.
Join the growing list of cities benchmarking their smart investments and outcomes.
All cities that participate will receive a free, comprehensive database showing how their smart investments, plans, and outcomes compare with other cities around the world. Cities currently involved include:
Ho Chi Minh
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