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Generally, all products will become part virtual, part physical. They will be connected, reconfigurable and — hopefully — smart. Also, the business model for their manufacturers will be dramatically different.
As we moved forward through history and as technology evolved, our products and devices got more complex. The supply chain and the number of people and skills involved in production kept growing — as did the number of supporting factors that needed to be in place for the device to work.
An eraser and a sharpener are useful additions, but Green future essay of the time, the pencil works well on its own. In contrast, an electronic tablet is a very different device.
It will not work fully without electricity, software, and an Internet connection.
Not only can you write words with, you can record and edit video, and you can send it instantly to someone else — or to everyone. Increasingly complex supply chain Value creation will happen in collaboration.
Even producing a simple pencil requires a complex supply chain of wood, graphite, paint and glue — but that is nothing compared to the number of players involved in delivering the functionality of a tablet.
Try to think through how many companies are feeding in to the process — and which consequently need to be coordinated and must adhere to the same standards and conditions in order to cooperate… The network easily extends to thousands of companies and millions of people. The future production of value will take place in increasingly complex networks coordinating large numbers of contributors.
Closer collaboration is a pre-condition. No one can produce this type of utility alone. Hardware and software allows reconfiguration You can get red, blue, green, hard or soft pencils — and you can get a certain variety of tablets.
But tablets are a different species of device, because it can be completely reconfigured and customized depending on what software is installed.
The value of the tablet comes from the combination of hardware and software. The physical object can be standardized, we may all be using more or less the same phone or tablet — but my tablet is likely to be set up quite differently than yours.
Instead profits will shift towards software and services that run on top of devices. Connected to the network Embedding computing power is hardly news.
What happens next significantly changes the game again: When all of those chips connect to the Internet of Things. They will be in touch with everything else; coordinating, exchanging data, adjusting, learning.
An increasing part of the value that the product of the future offers, compared with conventional devices, will come from the connectivity. This is where growth will happen. Smart, contextualized solutions The product of the future is not a stand-alone device. Such solutions will be based on the vast and detailed streams of data that our sensing and communicating objects will create.21 Good Reasons To Go Green.
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