Nathan Eddy reports on new research by Gartner that says the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to reach 26 billion installed units by 2020. At the moment, IoT is in varying states of maturity, being well-established in commercial telematics but still pretty fresh-faced in smart fabrics, for instance. Meanwhile, a predicted double-digit increase in digital marketing investment will make it so that supply chain leaders will be able to make better use of the swaths of new information becoming available.
The next step for 3D printing is touched upon as well. Eddy cites the vice president at Gartner:
“As the number of software-embedded digital-physical products grows, the methods of product development and life cycle management across the supply chain will change,” Burkett said. “Supply chain teams will have to take ownership for coordinating the delivery of quality-perfect orders of these digital-physical products. This extends beyond developing and ensuring quality of a single device to managing the larger complexity of these connected systems.”
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