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2018 Logistics Tech Recap (and 2019 preview)  - Part 3

By Brian Glick

 

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This is part 2 in a three part series covering the hot topics in logistics tech for 2018 and a preview of 2019.  Check out part one and part two.

What’s Coming in 2019

My prediction is that 2019 will be a very different year than 2018.  During 2015-2017 a lot of the new technologies that I’ve mentioned started to hit the mainstream or step into the hype cycle.  In 2018, we began to wrestle with what they could do individually.

In 2019, I’m predicting that the hot topics will be convergence and interoperability.  With all of these new technologies starting to move into production workflows (and supporting real shipments), the hard work is about to begin.  

As an industry, we’re going to have to figure out how your IOT sensor is going to fit into my blockchain visibility scheme.  We’re going to have to address that your API is modeled off of a bill of lading world view and mine is based on purchase orders.  We’re going to have to figure out where AI brings a real ROI and where its complete overkill.

This is the hard part where we figure out what we should do instead of what we could do.  It’s also the fun part where we start to see concrete results.

The companies that are prepared with strong fundamentals, integration best practices, and real business models are going to do great in 2019.  The companies with vaporware and hype are going to see their clients’ patience start to wane.

I’m personally excited to get to the business of getting business done.  At Chain.io, we’re here to help you move from isolated processes and legacy systems to the world where technology and supply chain converge.

Click to learn more about our vision of the Digitally Federated Supply Chain.

Tags: logistics, IT, supply chain

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