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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