Smart Manufacturing Marketplace

In a series of blogs by the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Council, there is a discussion on a shared marketplace (https://smartmanufacturingcoalition.org/shared-infrastructure/marketplace) which would be an open source area for pay as you use and specific applications use software. If implemented it has the potential to decrease costs to companies substantially. We are already seeing many software packages today being repackaged as an online service with monthly subscription rates. Another aspect that it will lead to is individual or small teams developing apps and services for the users of SM applications. While this would lead to more peer to peer shared development, it will give rise to a new class of developers. Moreover, given the lesser requirements of infrastructure for developers, the costs of development will go down. What will be the regulation for mapping out such services? What does it mean for huge software developers in long run? How will they protect their interests in the long run as they will be looked upon to develop the initial infrastructure for SM?

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