We see 2014 as a potentially pivotal year in the overall global economy, where a number of key business and technological factors will more profoundly influence global economic activity. Among them:
- Slow, steady improvement in business conditions will increase global trading activity, putting pressure on the delivery capabilities of supply
chains and supply partners.
- Innovations in small-scale manufacturing, better connectivity, volatility in developing countries, and shifting labor markets will disrupt complex,
global supply chains.
- Rapid technological advances in the collection, storage, processing and analysis of massive data sets will make Big Data solutions mainstream.
- Continued rise of social technologies and mobile platforms will accelerate change in long-established work flows, work patterns and work styles.