Collaborative production and shared Economy

In a previous article, (, I discussed the need for sharing infrastructure to make it accessible for small and medium size companies for implementing Smart Manufacturing. A presentation by Helge Spindler of Fraunhofer IAO on sharing economy in urban environment ( dtd Sept 25, 2014) hints at the idea of a company as a shareable platform. This would mean common resources can be used for manufacturing by different parties. Emergence of smart manufacturing can enable this sort of a structure which could lead to a lot of cost cutting, machine and labor utilization and overhead reduction. Would companies join hands for such a co-ordination? If yes, who would be the central party leading or coordinating such a group? How would potential IP conflicts be resolved? And are our accounting and financial institutions strong enough to accommodate such type of changes?


B2B information sharing Leading to Improvements in Supply Chain

A blog published in (OpenText Study Proves that B2B Integration Significantly Improves Supply Chain Performance, dtd 4/1/2015) discusses how B2B data integration between manufacturers is helping companies improve their supply chain performance while reducing costs. With the advent of Data sharing (through EDI and other data integration tools) and rise of data driven manufacturing, there is even more scope for integration of demand driven manufacturing planning. The result will be faster turnaround time and elimination of many middle nodes, thus reducing costs and process wastages (a la Uber). What effect will data integration have on traditional supply chain roles? How comfortable are manufacturing companies with 100% data sharing? Does the current data cloud offer enough protection to ensure that data is not leaked to competitors or hackers?