Research is a growth strategy consulting and venture development firm
that partners with leading manufacturers, service providers and
technology developers to discover, design and develop smart systems and
Internet of Things growth opportunities.
covered a plethora of topics in 2021, from augmented reality to
blockchain, smart buildings to connected cars, agriculture 4.0 to Web3,
growth ventures to software strategies. We've listed our top ten
essays, podcasts and webinars of 2021 below. We hope you enjoy and have
a happy and healthy end of the year.
we're kind of cheating with this one as it was published at the end of
2020, but in a year that was unpredictable in many ways, our six
research trends for 2021 and beyond still hold true today.
NFTs certainly ruled the headlines this year. Collins Dictionary even made "NFT" its word of the year. But the headlines miss the scope of this growth opportunity for enterprise and Smart Systems.
the long evolution of the connected car, we’ve seen vehicle OEMs evolve
from years of relative discomfort and often indifference related to the
value of connectivity and data, to finally waking up to the fact that
we are entering a new era of user-centered, data-driven services and
may have slowed supply chains, but it hasn't slowed growth. We looked
at the role software should play in Machine and Equipment OEMs' growth
strategies and what combination of build, buy or partner they should
brought together an incredible panel of experts to discuss the future
of the technologies and business models for enterprise extended reality.
the announcement of the break-up of the General Electric company, the
era of diversified industrial enterprises appears to finally be coming
to its end.
we’ve learned anything in the last thirty years, it’s that siloed
information and non-interoperable systems aren’t the solution to
anything. We looked at the state of smart cities and what they need to
truly become smart systems.
explored the keys to unlocking the value in Smart Homes and catalyzing
adoption. They include open data, innovative business and revenue
models, and collaborative ecosystems.
We are finally reaching a tipping point: smart energy and future energy systems are finally (almost) here.
loved recording our forward-looking podcast with M12's senior
strategist, Lee Feldman and the essay inspired that by that
conversation. We covered a broad range of topics, including today's
biggest technological growth opportunities.
Thank you for making it such a good year. We wish you a safe and happy holiday. As always, don't hesitate to get in touch with any feedback or questions.
—Glen Allmendinger and the Harbor Team
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