Haydn Shaughnessy is a respected writer, speaker and advisor on the topic of enterprise innovation. He has a popular column dealing with the subject on Forbes.com and has an upcoming book entitled "The Fluid Core: How Smart People and Smart Companies Are Responding to Crisis and Opportunity". Last week he released a report for GigaOm that referenced GrabCAD when discussing how open engineering is changing hardware design and development.
Originally posted by Haydn Shaughnessy on thefluidcore.com:
(Last week's report) makes a few assertions about design not least that it will become more open and that it is less of a core competitive advantage. Most companies can access great design if they are prepared to pay for it. It is necessary but not sufficient for advantage.
My take on it is that the world of hardware will be key to how we compete over the next decade. There is enough going on in programmable matter and in new production techniques to make it very interesting.
The challenge will lie in how to integrate these advances with software and connection I say in fact that the product of the near future has these four elements:
Demands on the hardware element will force companies to seek support from the many open engineering communities now springing up. This will be the ecosystem element of the atoms’ revolution. Few companies will have the skills in-house, just like they don’t have all the software skills they need.
Download Shaughnessy's report on GigaOm: The rebirth of hardware demands new definition of design
And for more on open engineering, check out the GrabCAD post: Four ways crowdsourcing helps your company improve its product designs. GrabCAD community manager, Sara Sigel, takes a closer look at the success of the design challenge hosted by GE to create a superior jet engine bracket.