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RESEARCH


Organizations exploring new growth opportunities require creative research, inspiring analysis, and compelling content. Harbor’s deep domain knowledge and content provide an ideal context for discovery, ideation and planning. Our research and analysis fuel creativity and challenge client teams to find unique solutions in an increasingly connected world.

FRAMING SMART SYSTEMS OPPORTUNITIES

Market mapping tools help strategic business developers understand the relationships that drive competitive market structure in a given opportunity.

Company mapping tools help strategic business developers identify communities of players across markets and technologies to inform your partnership, acquisition, investment or customer strategies.

FRAMING SMART SYSTEMS OPPORTUNITIES

The Smart Systems Forecast was the first quantitative database to analyze, quantify and track Smart Systems and IoT opportunities.

The Smart Systems Model provides a multi-dimensional framework for assessing vertical markets, customer segments, applications and use cases to identify Smart Systems and IoT growth opportunities and criteria for strategic decision- making and new business development.

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HOW OUR RESEARCH HELPS CLIENTS


TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION



ENABLEMENT & CONNECTIVITY
The “center of gravity” in the Enterprise will increasingly be driven by new sensing devices, edge computing capabilities and distributed intelligence. Higher bandwidth and reliable connectivity are key to many new business models. Embedded systems and connectivity technologies are enabling new innovations. Learn more…                    How can we help?

NETWORK SERVICES
A new generation of high-performance network technologies—5G, time sensitive and new sensor networks—are unleashing an age of pervasive connectivity that is fostering entirely new modes of customer interaction and services. Realizing this potential will require new ecosystems and business models.  Learn more…                How can we help?

SOFTWARE TOOLS & PLATFORMS
Containerization is ubiquitous, languages are less important and microservices are available everywhere. All this changes how software is developed, but it also creates huge complexity. What new software opportunities are evolving in the market, what business models align with these growth opportunities, and how should software players organize their service and solution delivery?  Learn more...                    How can we help?

APPLICATION SERVICES
Smart Systems are creating new solution delivery modes that are turning manufacturers, and in many cases others along the value chain, into a new kind of application services business. First movers in asset management, security as a service, customer support innovation and more are locking down lasting positions in their industries. New data driven application solutions are disrupting virtually all sectors of the economy.  Learn more…                How can we help?

MARKETS & APPLICATIONS



SMART CITIES & INFRASTRUCTURE
New smart city technologies are showing promise in their ability to alleviate citizen and agency stakeholder pain-points, but the diversity of technologies and the number of applications and integration dimensions create numerous hurdles to adoption. While many cities are beginning to modernize, embracing technologies to improve their essential urban systems and enable more effective resource utilization is a complex challenge.  Learn more…              How can we help?

INDUSTRIAL & RESOURCES
The acceleration of smart systems and digital innovations is causing a revolution in industrial systems, machinery and resource-driven segments. New business models, unexpected category dynamics, and disruptive technologies are challenging long-held beliefs and outdated strategy assumptions. Companies need to creatively evolve their business models and value delivery schemes to respond to the ever-changing customer and competitor landscape. Learn more…                            How can we help?

SMART ENERGY
Traditional power equipment manufacturers are facing new software and renewables competitors. Energy sector players need to step back and re-imagine solutions and re-think delivery models. Energy technology companies need to evolve their strategies to creatively leverage new software and data technologies which are forever changing the way solutions will be delivered and value is created.  Learn more…                How can we help?

TRANSPORTATION
New mobility technologies are driving significant discontinuities in the vehicle, mobile equipment and transportation arena. Traditional vehicle manufacturers as well as construction, agriculture, mining, and material handing machine suppliers will need to define new mobility business models to leverage the diverse innovations invading these markets.   Learn more…        How can we help?

SMART HOMES & CONSUMERS
The term “smart” implies intelligent, but you wouldn’t know it from today’s residential and consumer technology arena – a fragmented landscape full of narrow point-solutions, time-sink gadgetry, entertainment obsessions, and software/platform incompatibility. The next wave of “Smart Home” innovation needs to address the adoption barriers for smart interoperable systems.   Learn more…         How can we help?

RETAIL & COMMERCIAL SERVICES
The retail and commercial services sector continues to be a highly competitive, low-margin environment where disruption has become the new normal. Battered by new online services, traditional bricks and mortar businesses search to balance their brands with new services, cross-channel interactions, and the impacts of digital technologies. Retailing needs to re-think how to design new modes of interaction with information-rich consumers. Understanding how Smart Services technologies can enable new customer experiences and achieve back office efficiencies will be critical.  Learn more…        How can we help?

HEALTHCARE
Smarter healthcare equipment and systems are becoming integrated with virtual digital systems. This allows the data from patient sensors, diagnostic machines and more to become an integral part of all healthcare information systems. Developing new ecosystems to create new unimagined capabilities for patient care and delivery is the first step towards new growth.  Learn more…                                How can we help?

SMART BUILDINGS
All of the sub-systems in buildings—including power systems, HVAC, lighting, security, people movers, and more—produce data that has largely gone unharvested and under leveraged. Identifying and acting on new information-based services will create extraordinary business advantages for both established and emergent players.  Understanding how new digital building technologies are creating new “social” and data relationships between equipment suppliers will be key. Learn more…                            How can we help?

RESEARCH SERVICES



SMART SYSTEMS FORECAST MODEL
The Smart Systems Forecast was the first quantitative database to track IoT opportunities within the broader Smart Systems and Services arena. The model provides an empirical framework for assessing vertical markets, customer segments, applications and use cases to identify Smart Systems and IoT growth opportunities and criteria for strategic decision-making and new business development. The model’s underlying schema addresses 500+ device segments across 9 market venues, 44 technologies, 30 customer segments, 62 applications and 250+ use cases.   Learn more…                         How can we help?

RESEARCH & ANALYSIS SERVICES
Organizations interested in exploring new growth opportunities require inspiring analysis, creative research and compelling content. Harbor has built deep domain knowledge through research, analytics and modeling to provide an ideal context for discovery, ideation and planning. Our content, methods and approach fuel creativity and challenge client teams to find unique solutions in an increasingly connected world. Our analysis and research services are configured to support specific client goals and decision support needs. Learn more…                                         How can we help?

BRIEFINGS & WORKSHOPS
Harbor briefings and workshops are an ideal learning environment when executive teams who are trying to put their arms and minds around emerging opportunities can come together and build a shared understanding of new growth opportunities. We emphasize interactive analysis, the incorporation of outside participants and perspectives, and time-efficient facilitation focused on key decisions. Our market and technology briefings typically range from an hour to a half day. Our strategy development and our discovery, ideation and innovation workshops, which typically range from a half day to a full day or more, are always focused on client goals with the workshop’s configuration designed to address critical decisions. They can be conducted at the client’s location or at our offices. Learn more…                                      How can we help?

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