There's been plenty of disruption in the electronics supply chain in the past week, but that has some positive implications for the industry. Disruptive technologies are innovations that prompt major changes in business and industry.
Clearly, the industry is still sorting through the disruption caused by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. There's still no clear picture of the disaster's long-term impact on the electronics supply chain. However, disruptive technologies -- such as those identified today by Deloitte Consulting -- have played a major role in communications following the event. Minus the Internet and social networking, more people would still be wondering about the fate of friends and family in Japan.
Deloitte's five disruptive technologies are, in the words of the report:
Applied Mobility: New mobile solutions are being designed to serve the full spectrum of transactional, analytical and social computing capabilities, and present the opportunity for organizations to define real and lasting value in applied mobility solutions and business enablement. This could be the year that businesses will truly begin harnessing these features into rich, yet simple and intuitive applications to solve real business problems.
Capability Clouds: Capability clouds have the potential to move beyond the building blocks of capacity clouds to deliver finished services that can address business objectives and enterprise goals. CIOs should be prepared to answer how they leverage the ecosystem of capabilities, services and value networks delivered by the cloud.
Real Analytics: As the economy resets, analytics can offer improved visibility to help companies drive operational efficiencies. Analytics can also offer an opportunity for growth by helping companies in their efforts to address heart-of-the-business questions that can guide decisions, yield new insights and help predict what's next.
Social Computing: As more of our personal and professional lives are transacted via technology, rich trails of preferences, opinions and behaviors are being created. Beyond the immediate benefits of empowering stake-holders, this "digital exhaust" can be mined, providing a rich source of insight on market positioning.
User Engagement: The proliferation of consumer and Internet technologies has raised expectations for IT tools at work, and can empower employees to find new insights and improve how business occurs. Enterprises should seek to learn and understand how to turn newly-connected consumers into new revenue channels and identify ways they can empower employees to better connect dots and improve efficiency and effectiveness.
All of these deployments have been identified as ways to improve the supply chain. It's possible that the recent events in Japan have helped clarify how these technologies can be implemented to better respond to the next natural disaster.
It is true that people don't usually like to change until something is broken. So now that many things need to be rebuilt, Japan can rethink how they can build it better. However, I still don't see how the Deloitte products can be disruptive technologies here. How are these related directly?
Sometimes it takes an event of this magnitude to spur business into action. Interest in green technology in the US has heightened since the events in the Middle East. Many of the technologies identified by Deloitte are interesting but haven't had much application yet. The quake could spur companies to really find a practical application for social networking, which so far has been for personal communication
I agree with you Jbond,though its a bit hard to see everything about the future all at once except when eye-opener event like that of Japan happens. Sometimes, we don,t think we need change until we see reason(s) for it and by then it might a hard way to learn that there is a need for a change.But if we continue to learn from both good and so called bad event,then the largest room will continue to be" Room for improvement"
I agree jbond, current picture is showing global important topics as -green energy, -supply processes rethinking, -mobile services/communications improvements to support emergency, could receive a new speed-up and determination by Govs across the globle with the aim to address them (or a plan to address them) definitely and soon.
This is a very positive article. It is true that whenever there is a disaster somewhere in the world that has global impact, something good always comes out of it. It's a shame that it takes disasters and other major problems to implement change. All of those suggestions should benefit the supply chain and other facets of the industry. Too bad they couldn't have taken place without so many losses.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.