The Information Supply Chain
Web Services, XML, and other developments that reduce the significance of organizational boundaries are quickly rebuilding old industry structures, introducing new players, new profits, and new potential. How will these changes play out?
[Part of the San Francisco Web Services, XML & Business Event Series]
Larry Downes (bio), Author, Unleashing the Killer App and The Strategy Machine
The next generation of open standards for information exchange promise to unlock vast store of business transaction data trapped in data warehouses or, worse, left uncollected in the crush of day-to-day operations. This Information Supply Chain will make it possible for the first time to practice many business functions that today operate largely on hokum, such as forecasting, product planning, manufacturing scheduling, pricing and promotion, and market research.
Ultimately, transactional data will take on a life of its own, becoming the source of new products and services. Software and hardware providers, standards organizations, information brokers will compete with existing industry participants to capture new profits and competitive advantage.
The presentation will look first at the concept of the Information Supply Chain and them move on to practical considerations, including regulatory and legal threats that will alter the course and speed of its development. As an example, experiments being conducted now by Wal-Mart, Proctor & Gamble, Gillette and a research consortium at MIT, the Auto-ID Center, will be used to highlight the potential and difficulties of this exciting new development.
About the Presenter
Larry Downes is a consultant, author and speaker on topics at the intersection of technology, strategy, and law. He works with leading companies learning to find and exploit new technologies ahead of the curve. He has held faculty appointments at both the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and Northwestern University School of Law.
Thelen Reid & Priest Multipurpose Room
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San Francisco, CA 94105
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