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.
“We have evaluated, industry-wide, what is working and what is not when it comes to IT and have identified 10 technologies that are likely to transform the enterprise over the next 18 months,” says Mark White, principal at Deloitte and a co-author of “Technology Trends 2011: The natural convergence of business and IT.”
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.