@Bolaji: that's right and I would like to insist on one point. It isn't a matter of technology or new huge investments to perform, it is a matter of managers and who is leading the company for going ahead and promoting these courageous decisions, taking in charge responsibilities of bad or good results.
What this tells me is that many companies are sitting on resources they can leverage for additional revenue but may either not realize the potential of the dormant/extra capacities (network bandwidth in the case of Deutsche Telekom) or may think the firewalls between their traditional and core operation and adjacent markets are too thick for them to penetrate.
The telecom companies have been in the vanguard of extending their brands by going into new markets. In the US, telecom service providers have entered the TV program distribution and the security services markets. They already have the fiber links to the homes so why not use it for anything the homeowner/businesses need?
Deutsche Telekom doesn't have to invest that much more to take advantage of this new business opportunity. They don't keep inventory, negotiate pricing or ship products. They just offer a platform that's already built and functioning. Whatever extra money they make here is going straight to the bottom line.
Speaking for myself, I agree with Anna. We are still at early stage and quite long term is needed for evaluating properly pros and cons and business benefit of DT step. Anyway within European arena (at least for telco) it is really innovative. Looking forward...
B2B or M2M ... you need to find the potential customers who actually use the service offered by you. This may be an additional request from the existing customers which is encouraging deutsche to entr into this kind of market space. Lets wait and watch how they can make an impact.
It's obvious that things are changing in the Supply chain support services and the distribution and enterprise market is certainly entering a new phase. I'm not sure which of the systems will win. We'll have to wait and see.
I'm confused. Aren't businesses considered end-users? If I am reading Deutsche Telekom's model correctly, they are not an eBay or Amazon because they don't sell to consumers. But in business, a corporation can be and usually is an end-user. So is this a sort of eBay for businesses only?
BTW, this is the same model e2open started out with--an open trading platform for b2b. It has since changed into something else entirely.
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