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Why So Many B2B Data Ecosystems Fail
Why So Many B2B Data Ecosystems Fail
B2B hardware, services and equipment players have been trying to create ecosystems for quite some time, but the track record has been abysmal. It’s logical to assume that B2B companies will eventually learn how to build data-driven ecosystems that generate high-margin recurring-revenue businesses and create distinct competitive advantages, but why do B2B ecosystem development efforts fail? Our consulting work and related analysis point to five basic requirements. Succeeding at one or two of these requirements, but not all five, may get some players to first base, but getting to second, third and home base is where real value is created for customers and a sustaining ecosystem is established.
Growth Strategy in the Age of Smart Systems
The Death of Corporate Development: Growth Strategy in the Age of Smart Systems
Software and digital technologies are displacing physical hardware and replacing labor-intensive services in nearly every market and application imaginable, and it shows no signs of slowing down. The traditional differences between so-called high technology companies and the remaining product and service businesses that utilize the innovations that tech-focused developers provide is fading away. In one form or another, every company is becoming a technology developer which is forcing businesses to re-think how they approach growth.
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Smart Systems Redux
Harbor Research coined the term “Smart Systems” in the early 2000s to describe the emergence of a new generation of complex adaptive systems that are trying to break away from traditional computing and telecom paradigms. As the cyber-physical world continues to dovetail with IoT, machine learning and artificial intelligence, Smart Systems will enable previously unimagined capabilities. The question is whether business leadership really understands the new dynamics driving value and are ready to grasp its potential.
The Shifting Sands of Value Creation
The Shifting Sands of OEM Value Creation
Suddenly, software is as germane to physical manufacturing as a bearing is to a mechanical assembly. Further, the definition of an intelligent machine is a moving target. At the end of the day, any product that can be networked and made more intelligent will be, and as that evolves from simple sensing and monitoring to AI, machine learning, and autonomy, the world of the OEMs will change radically.
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The Future of Smart Hospitals
Hospitals are seeking new ways to improve their productivity and efficiency, while reducing operational costs and improving margins. The speed and scale at which medical device and equipment manufacturers are integrating automation and data analytics into healthcare systems is staggering.
Connected Factory
The Emergence of Higher Performance Real-Time Private Networking
With the development of 5G, Time Sensitive Ethernet and related networking standards, precision networking capabilities are addressing new mission and business-critical application opportunities across the industrial, transportation and infrastructure landscape. Where is real-time, mission-critical networking heading? We believe it’s heading to many more places than most people imagine.
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