Chapter 1

Introduction

Abstract

The objectives of this book include:

  • • Identifying the emerging technologies, either hardware or software, that companies are investing in, currently and in the short term.
  • • Understanding the implications of the technologies with respect to areas that include value creation, operational effectiveness, investment level, technical migration, and general industry acceptance.
  • • Identifying short-term trends in technology acceptance and utilization levels across various industry sectors.
  • • Characterizing the supply chain and logistics applications in which the technologies are being utilized for product planning, materials management, and inventory, transportation, distribution, workflow, plant maintenance, quality assurance, ...

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