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IBM

IBM Institute for Business Value - The new software-defined supply chain (Preparing for the disruptive transformation of Electronics design and manufacturing)

  • Quote: "Now, the historical rules hardened by a century of experience are being overturned by three emerging technologies: 3D printing, intelligent robotics and open source electronics. Together, these new technologies are creating a manufacturing environment that is driven by digital data. We describe this transformation as moving from a supply chain that is hard-ware-based to one that is “software-defined.” The result: a reconfigured global supply chain will emerge in the coming decade. It will radically change the nature of manufacturing in the Electronics industry, shifting global trade flows and altering the competitive landscape for both enter prise and government policy makers.".