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, ...