Finding new markets & revenue streams
By 2020, we expect to see much greater levels of collaboration and co-operation across business eco-systems, as conventional enterprise boundaries become ever more constraining in a world where context, connection and responsiveness are the expected norms.
Interview with John Hall
@john4hall - Member of the Atos Scientific Community
The increasing importance of the Economy of Data in a B2B context will result in greater interaction between cross business processes. This will give rise to Intelligent Networked Enterprises eco-systems that are able to collectively adapt to market requirements. We will see flexibility not only in production facilities, but also in the employee skill base with the rise of the so-called ‘Gig Economy’ helping to ensure the right talent is deployed as required.
New Digital Blended Business Models will emerge that are able to reflect an evolving mix of traditional and digital economies.
We expect to see the Digitalization of Energy through predictive and adaptive control networks that balance supply, demand, cost and sustainability factors.
Technologies like Blockchain may offer completely new means of enforcing and verifying ‘’contractually binding exchanges in essentially trustless business relationships”.Read More & Download PDF
Emerging & evolving technologies
Data, connectivity and partnerships are enabling digital and digital-blended business models. Common Industrial Data Platforms will drive network effects in the B2B world.
In 2020 the “intelligent networked enterprises” organised in business ecosystems will make the B2B world thrive.
Almost every process, product or service will become digitally enabled, which will lead to the creation of an information enabled economy, offering enormous opportunities that the business world hasn’t seen before. Enterprises have to truly understand and internalize the Economy of Data life cycle.
Doing so will help identify opportunities to transform their internal business, supply chain and innovation processes; leading to improved and new products, services and business models. It requires a redefinition of corporate strategy on the one hand and the explicit use of data and technology on the other, combined with a vision of how to add value in a more business ecosystem driven world.
Mischa van Oijen
In the last decade, new and disruptive business models (like those underpinning Uber and AirBnB) have risen to prominence in BtoC interactions.
Digital businesses tend to have lower and more flexible cost bases than their traditional counterparts, giving them greater business agility and an ability to rapidly expand in response to demand. However there are a number of digital principles that can be effectively deployed in more traditional business environments, creating Digital Blended Business Models that exploit the best of both worlds.
Supply chain collaboration and service co-creation will be key features of emerging supplier eco-systems – these will be enabled by B2B platforms that will facilitate secure and efficient data and process interactions. Companies need to learn to handle the schizophrenia of collaboration AND competition.
Energy has always been a key element for progress. But accelerated change and exponential growth demand that, for sustainable progress, humanity breaks with its old energy models.
Change is driven by a multitude of converging trends in the Energy landscape, which create important challenges to the business of existing companies (diversification of energy sources, erosion of margins in traditional business; a stricter transnational regulatory environment, and the need to engage a more sophisticated and demanding consumer).
Business reinvention starts at the bottom, with profound changes in how energy networks are controlled. They will evolve towards a fully-distributed “Fractal” Grid Supervision.
Network operation will combine real-time analytic intelligence at the Edge of the Network with global “situational awareness” supervision; this will be closely integrated with High Performance Computing simulation and forecasting. Security will be based on distributed models, too. And workers will use Augmentation Technologies (Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality, Wearables, Robots) in the field routinely.
Celestino Guemes Seoane
Blockchains are a form of distributed and cryptographically secured public ledger.
What is really interesting is that the sequence of transactions they record is verified by consensus amongst its network of users – No trusted intermediary is required. Use cases in the digital economy are almost limitless.
Personal Healthcare records can be securely held within blockchain transactions allowing easy access to accurate patient histories.
Software code embedded in blockchain can ensure correct execution of contractual agreements, perhaps enforcing digital rights management for 3D print files.
Many government processes could be made much more cost effective by using blockchain protocols. However issues such as scalability and sustainability will need to be addressed before this exciting disruption reaches its full potential.