For example, designers of smart cities will build ecosystems to bring together partners of all sizes. Banks will bring new products and services to customers via an ecosystem of fintechs."Business ecosystems will form to improve your enterprises and help tackle some of our world's biggest challenges," said Hung LeHong, vice president and Gartner Fellow. Digital Giants "Enterprises are digitalizing all the things we use: appliances, automobiles, hospitals, wearables, and payments," Mr. LeHung said. "The digital giants, such as Apple, Google, and Tencent will take the ecosystem business models they have developed in areas such as e-commerce, music apps and search, and extend their tentacles into the connected world we have collectively created. They plan on making the physical world an extension of digital, into a world they control." As products and services become more digital, physical things connect to technology platforms that are controlled and viewed from software and apps. When that happens, the digital giants step in between many companies' products and services and their customers. This will be a difficult situation for many companies. They will have to decide to either join the digital giants or fight against them. Most consumer companies will choose to work with the digital giants. Gartner predicts that industrial companies will create their own ecosystems centered around heavy industries such as manufacturing, construction, and mining. A battle between ecosystems is inevitable. About Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the world's most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT leaders, uniting a global community of CIOs with the tools and strategies to help them lead the next generation of IT and achieve business outcomes. More than 23,000 CIOs, senior business and IT leaders worldwide will gather for the insights they need to ensure that their IT initiatives are key contributors to, and drivers of, their enterprise's success.
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