We combine the thought leadership and insight
of a think tank with the creativity of a design firm and the growth strategy know-how of a start-up.
Harbor Research was the first firm to focus on “smart systems”—the convergence of pervasive computing with the Internet. Many people refer to this as “the Internet of Things” (IoT). We prefer “smart systems” because it captures the profound enormity of the phenomenon. It's something much greater in scope than just machine connectivity.
Read Four Strategies for the Age of Smart Services
Glen Allmendinger's pioneering article was first published in 2005, based on work the firm conducted between 1998 and 2003. We have a long history of identifying emergent technology trends, anticipating the future shape of markets, and helping clients seek out the exceptional.
Growth Strategy Insights
Global expansion; re-engineering; lean practices; mergers and acquisitions. For most companies, these strategies for growth and value creation have reached the point of diminishing returns. What worked in the past is less likely to work now or in the future. Business innovation needs to extend beyond ideas about new products and services to the very manner in which business is conducted.
Discovery, Ideation and Opportunity Mapping
Growth Opportunity Development
Strategy and Business Model Design
Go-To-Market Design and Development
Some markets adopt new technologies faster than others, but no sector of the economy is immune to the expanding influence of digital systems. While there are similarities that apply across the board, each segment has its own set of needs and challenges that shape the way networked technologies and embedded intelligence will add value. Understanding how to interpret the impact of new innovation and learning to look beyond any single "point" technology will be a minimum requirement for imagining entirely new experiences, marketplaces and industries.
Smart Cities & Infrastructure
The worlds of sensors, controls, computing and communications are each changing rapidly while converging into an entirely new smart systems arena. The rapid evolution of the technologies that inform smart systems make strategic decision-making extremely difficult. The velocity of change in the marketplace conspires with the number of technical variables in play to overtax many managers’ ability to make confident and informed decisions about the core enabling technologies, future information architecture and the impact these technologies will have on human sciences and user experience. How can we "future proof" our decisions?
Machine Data Fusion
Distributed Data and Information Architecture
Application Development Tools
AI and Machine Learning
AR/VR, Content Delivery, UX & Interactions