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For over 30 years, Harbor Research has worked with clients on growth strategy and new business creation. At the core of Harbor’s approach is a deep understanding of the core technologies, market and business characteristics as well as the management and organizational challenges companies face adopting digital and Smart Systems technologies. We strive to generate deep insight into how emergent technologies drive value creation and competitive advantage in our clients’ businesses.


Semiconductor, display technology, and related electronic component manufacturers have enjoyed strong profits over the past few years. But with so much uncertainty ahead, where will players make their next bets? Which applications, use cases, and emergent opportunities should players consider? Learn More

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A new generation of high-performance network technologies—5G, time sensitive and new field and 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

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Cloud computing and new infrastructure automation tools are providing unprecedented computing scale. This will allow the capture and analysis of massive data inputs to inform new applications and services. Understanding user and customer needs and buying behaviors will be critical. Learn More

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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. How should players organize offerings for diverse developers, subject matter experts, and business users? Learn More

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New sensor and intelligent device innovations are rapidly evolving from established and emergent players. Determining how to move these innovations from the lab to the market requires creativity, unorthodox thinking, and deep domain knowledge of emergent technologies and markets. Learn More

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Investment players need a new playbook that enables new innovation models. Smart Systems are changing how portfolios will be managed and how new innovation will be fostered. Venture capital and private equity firms must enhance their ability to simultaneously drive new innovations as well as profitable growth in their portfolio companies. Learn More

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New 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

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Smarter healthcare equipment and systems are becoming integrated with virtual digital systems. This allows the data from sensors, diagnostic machines and more to become an integral part of all healthcare information systems. Players will need to better anticipate how these systems will inform new unimagined capabilities for patient care and delivery. Learn More

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The acceleration of smart systems and digital technologies is causing a revolution in the industrial machinery community. 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 modes to respond to the ever-changing customer and competitor landscape. Learn More

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Traditional power equipment manufacturers are facing new software and renewables competitors. These players need to step back and re-imagine customer solutions and re-think their delivery models. Energy technology companies need to evolve to creatively address competitive dynamics. Learn More

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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 unleveraged. Understanding and acting on new information-based services will create extraordinary business advantages for both established and emergent players. Learn More

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Electrical, fluid, and pneumatic components, products and systems are all becoming networked and more intelligent. Leveraging data, measurements, and analysis will require new services delivery modes along with new business models—both of which present unprecedented challenges for component and portfolio players. Learn More

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IT professional services, as well as engineering and technical services providers are challenged in just about every way imaginable. Most, if not all, offerings and operating rules—the services, customer experiences, partners, and processes—are undergoing changes. IT services, engineering services, as well as distribution and channel services providers need to define and develop new differentiated offerings that will drive sustainable growth. Learn More

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Communications services and carriers, as well as media and entertainment players, need to focus on new services that address evolving customer needs. They must respond to disruptive start-ups, while trying to break away from entrenched revenue models. Players will need to develop and deliver new innovative services across complex ecosystems, while mitigating risks to ensure continuing performance. Learn More

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Retail and consumer commercial services including hospitality, financial services and travel are all being significantly disrupted. New technologies and digital innovations hold the potential to drive shoppers back into physical stores, create new experiences and engagement as well as develop new interactions and new approaches to integrating e-commerce into the overall services and shopping experience.   Learn More

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Rick Kriss, Klatu

“I hope that the OEMs out there standing on the sidelines of this phenomenon called digital transformation can find you quickly, because Harbor Research can offer them a lot of help.”

Rick Kriss, CEO, Klatu Networks, Inc.

Matt Smith, Fathym

“Harbor’s unique perspective on the future of software, IoT and embedded technologies has provided us a foundation to work together on diverse challenges—strategy, funding, market development, and ecosystem partners. Harbor has been continuously at our side supporting our venture’s development through good times and bad.”

Matt Smith, Founder and CEO, Fathym

Fano Bekker, Diversey

“Harbor’s non-traditional approach, domain experience and methods helped our team build an extensive map of new growth opportunities. Their team facilitated creative ideas, human-centered research, and a completely new way of thinking about how to design and realize new digital and smart systems solutions.”

Fano Bekker, Vice President Digital, Diversey, Inc.

Shefali Patel, GE

“Creativity and innovation are fueled by seeing the world and its many opportunities with new eyes. Harbor has helped us on multiple occasions to break through our blinders and see new growth opportunities and critical insights. Partnering with Harbor has been a highly personalized end-to-end customer experience that has redefined how we think about markets and growth.”

Shefali Patel, Senior Director of Marketing, GE

Marc Hamer, Sealed Air

“Harbor challenged us to think differently about our growth strategy using a collaborative methodology that enabled us to carefully think through customer experiences and systematically develop new business models.”

Marc Hamer, Vice President Customer Experience, CIO and Chief Digital Officer, Sealed Air Corporation

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Future Perfect Tech Podcast, Season 2, Episode 1

An R&D company challenged an early-stage company to a race: who could get acquired for more than a billion dollars first? The R&D company went through a long, iterative process while the early-stage company decided they could circumvent the entire development cycleby creating hype. Who wins the race?


We sat sat down with Matthew Smith, CEO and founder of Fathym, a micro frontends platform for delivering future-proof web projects and applications, to talk about the lessons large companies can learn from startups on innovation, how to avoid overly hyped meme technologies, and the technology trends he’s most excited about.

Future Perfect Tech Season 2 Episode 2 - The Innovation Curve & The Hype Cycle
Recent Investments and Maneuvers in Distrributed Energy Resources

Innovation is slow for heavily-regulated utility companies that are insulated from competitive disruption. At the same time, the energy usage landscape is changing. As both energy and oil and gas companies try to keep up with the increasingly imminent shift to electric vehicles, Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) are shaking up the status quo, opening the door to many new innovations and market participants where previously there has been very little competition. .

We’re highlighting recent acquisitions, investments, partnerships and innovations in distributed energy. These examples demonstrate some shifts in the energy landscape, and highlight multiple opportunities for further disruption in the near future.

Recent Investments and Maneuvers in Distrributed Energy Resources
DER Growth Opportunities Brief

Volatile energy prices, painful strain on infrastructure, rapidly growing use of renewable energy sources and concern for the environment are creating the need for a transformed power system. The required technology to improve power generation, distribution, and usage through the enabling of a smarter and more interoperable power grid is available.

Who will capture these new opportunities is still largely undecided, but there’s a lot of value available to those that are able to organize effectively.

Download Harbor Research's report brief on distributed energy resources technologies, markets and opportunities.

Enterprise XR Growth Opportunities Brief
Future Perfect Tech Podcast, Season 2, Episode 1

Future Perfect Tech is a podcast series featuring discussions with leading experts in Smart Systems and the Internet of Things on the innovations in markets, technologies and ecosystems that are working together to build a better future.


We sat down with Jennifer Vancini, general partner at Mighty Capital, to discuss the importance of a product-first strategy, the challenges of digital transformation, ecosystems, the evolution of key roles and the emerging technologies that she is most excited about.

Future Perfect Tech - Season 2, Episode 1
Private Networks Value Webinar

Join Nokia, Verizon and Harbor Research to learn what’s driving the market for private networks, trends and real-world industrial use cases. Watch Replay

We will look at how improved connectivity and predictable uptime can drive results for a digital plant or factory, how collaboration tools can improve the experience of the connected worker, how quality control can improve yield optimization on the automated shop floor, and much more!

Private Networks Webinar
Enterprise XR Growth Opportunities Brief

The worlds of sensors, automation, machine learning, computing and communications are each changing rapidly, while at the same time converging into an entirely new competitive arenas such as the extending realities driven by virtual and augmented reality technologies.

The way we interact with computers is evolving toward spatial computing, a transition as impactful as the mobile revolution. These parallel technological evolutions of Smart Systems and spatial computing are driving massive enterprise growth opportunities.

Download Harbor Research's brief on extended reality, augmented reality and mixed reality technologies, markets and opportunities to learn the best path forward for your business.

Enterprise XR Growth Opportunities Brief
Future Perfect Tech Podcast, Episode 10, "Rethinking Approaches to New Growth Ventures"

Future Perfect Tech is a podcast series featuring discussions with leading experts in Smart Systems and the Internet of Things on the innovations in markets, technologies and ecosystems that are working together to build a better future.


How do you predict the next big thing?
We sit down with Lee Feldman, senior strategist for M12, Microsoft's Venture Fund, to discuss the importance of true digital transformation, data economies and business models, and the transformational technologies that are coming together in Web3 including blockchain, NFTs, augmented and virtual reality, digital twins, crypto, AI and more.

Future Perfect Tech - Predicting the Next Big Things with M12
Smart Building Ecosystems Webinar

We're holding a webinar panel on the intersection of Smart Buildings and Smart Grids. Access the replay.

Some of the topics covered:

  • What types of energy systems are required for smart buildings and how do these two systems work together?
  • What are the market drivers and trends that may lead to wider adoption of smart buildings and smart grids?
  • Real world building to grid examples
Smart Buildings Ecosystems Webinar
5G & Private LTE Report

New wireless cellular networks promise growth for business and disruption for the traditional carrier model.

The private IoT market is expected to reach $208 billion by 2025. Harbor Research has done an in-depth analysis of the Private LTE and 5G networking opportunities.

Click to read more and to download a free overview of our research.

Private LTE & 5G Research
Extending Reality Webinar

We hosted a panel on the world of Extended Reality (XR). Click to watch the replay!

Some of the topics we covered:

  • What is the current state of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality?
  • What's holding the industry and adoption back?
  • How does XR provide business value?
  • What is the device landscape and the architecture stack?
  • What's possible now and where is this technology headed?
    Extending Reality Webinar
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