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New core technology enablers
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The IT, telecom and automation sectors have failed to keep pace with advancing technology and its potential impact on their constituents.  In the course of the last two decades, the world has become so dependent upon the existing ways computing, telephony and automation systems are organized that most people cannot bring themselves to think about the evolution of these technologies with any critical detachment. Even in sophisticated discussions, today’s key enabling information, automation and control technologies are usually viewed as utterly inevitable and unquestionable.

The next cycle of technology development and in the smart systems arena is supposed to be setting the stage for a multi-year wave of growth based on the convergence of innovations in software tools and architectures; higher performance networks and communications; and smaller, more powerful client devices and sensors connected to personal, local and wide-area networks. But is it?

The Smart Systems and Services market opportunity presents multiple challenges for diverse participants. From core technology innovation, to new business models, to ecosystem and channel development, this market opportunity represents a very complex set of inter-related elements.  Designing a successful technology enabling business involves optimizing all dimensions not just technical elements. Technology developers will need to be acute at spotting emergent trends and being able to quickly respond to new market entrants with new technologies or evolving competitive threats.  In this fast changing environment, leadership’s ability to identify emergent trends and potential discontinuities “around corners” will become a minimum requirement for success.

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August 29, 2018

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