IBM hosted a forum promoting the idea that collaboration is essential to achieving the innovation required for competitive advantage. The speakers explored the challenges and opportunities presented by the quest for innovation, how the economics of innovation and collaboration is changing and what companies need to do today to prepare themselves to take advantage of these new market dynamics.
The opportunities of the new economic landscape have determined radical changes in the organizational structures of the firms, till the creation of new virtual clusterization forms, that is distinct systems of suppliers, distributors, service providers and clients that use the ‘internet working technologies’ as a principal way for co-operating and competing.
An article, in the latest issue of The McKinsey Quarterly, shows how “smart”, modular, decentralized systems that connect an array of suppliers and other external stakeholders are providing a competitive advantage and changing the face of the efficient corporation. According to the authors, organizational success depends upon effective mobilization of resources. Getting the right resources to the right place at the right time can make the difference between desired impact and catastrophe.
Microsoft offers a guide that helps companies involved in the design and manufacture of new products to understand the benefits of a collaborative product development solution based on the Microsoft Office System. It describes one way in which a collaborative product development solution could be developed for a manufacturing organization.
Software tools and e-learning applications may facilitate greatly new product development (NPD) processes by minimising costs and reducing risks associated with NPD. The NDP roadmap that we have developed at URENIO may help companies and organisations to create new products or upgrade existing ones through a series of logical steps
The complexity of products created in distributed environments often requires close collaborations among a number of design and production partners. Since the early 1990s, many researchers have applied the agent technology in product design, manufacturing, process control and other production activities, at either the shop-floor level or the distributed level.