To ensure that their societies benefit from global digitization, leaders need the right answers to these four questions.

THERE’S NO DENYING that uncertainty is the only certainty in today’s global business climate. Geopolitical tensions coupled with slow growth have created concerns about the future, and no country is immune. The International Monetary Fund recently trimmed its growth forecast for the world’s major economies for 2017, sending the signal that all countries could be at risk of slipping into a recession if they don’t find a way to accelerate growth fast.

Couple this with the reality that leaders across the globe are focused on the symptoms of the problem—such as tax and trade policies—without getting to the underlying topic: digitization. Cisco believes that digitization—the intelligent connection of people, process, data, and things—will be key to

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