Collaboration – ‘The act of working together to achieve a goal’
Until recently, going to a movie or watching your favorite television show has been a two dimensional visual experience. Traditional business collaboration is similar in that it has been enabled by two dimensions of communication. In today’s industrial world, these stand-alone “dimensions” include:
- People interacting with other people
- People interacting with business systems
- People interacting with smart devices, machines, and equipment
Today, the ability to effectively collaborate across all three of these dimensions simultaneously, in a ‘three dimensional’ manner, has been extremely difficult. The idea of many people simultaneously interacting with many devices, many business systems, and many other people has not been a practical consideration. Past attempts to achieve this have centered on adding new layers of software that increase complexity, reduce responsiveness, and hinder innovation. Additional separate and specialized software tools have also been required to optimize each of these stand-alone communication dimension types.
As the current business landscape is becoming more and more connected, businesses are searching for new and more effective ways to interact and collaborate. Furthermore, rapid advancements in the internet and the web, along with new enablers such as social media and smart devices, have created heightened collaboration expectations. Today’s business systems fail to meet these expectations. Failure to achieve 3D Collaboration is due primarily to the age and design of traditional software applications and platforms. Traditional Machine to Machine (M2M) solutions serve as good examples of the inherent inability to achieve 3D Collaboration as highlighted by the limiting nature of the ‘M2M’ acronym in and of itself. The fact that a machine can be enabled to collaborate with another machine or with a person implies limits in the ability of a machine to collaborate with a system, or many machines to collaborate with many people while simultaneously collaborating with many systems and many other machines.
The bottom line is simply this – traditional approaches are limited, fixed, and two-dimensional, creating barriers to innovation. In today’s connected world, businesses require real-time collaboration among multiple people, systems, and connected products.
ThingWorx shatters the barriers to 3D collaboration through the introduction of a revolutionary new software application platform that is modern and complete, in that it effectively enables all three dimensions of collaboration (people, systems, and the physical world). The platform not only rapidly and easily enables 3D collaboration, it also serves to optimize the collaboration experience through the introduction of a set of transformational intelligence tools. Contact us to learn more.