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  1. 1. IBM GLoBaL BusIness servIces ElectronicsExecutive Summary IBM Institute for Business Value The connected consumer challenge Extending the electronics experience through services Mandate for change Both consumer demand and expanding network technology have Overview contributed to the rapid and continued growth of connected devices. Today’s electronics consumers expect These connected devices allow consumers to do more things faster and much more than quality devices – they more easily, extending the value of their physical products. With the demand a quality experience. Their interest has shifted from the device itself focus shifting to consumer experiences, electronics companies need to to what they can do with the device. expand their expertise to include services associated with products that Electronics companies need to capitalize further enhance the consumer’s experience. on this trend by offering not only advanced technology via products, but also services designed to enhance the The age of experience consumer experience. To successfully As part of this study, we conducted a global electronics consumer expand their focus, device manufacturers survey, as well as electronics executive interviews: will need to build capabilities that foster collaboration, glean customer insight, The changing expectations of connected consumers enhance service operations, and upgrade their software development capabilities Purchasing: Consumers indicated they will place more importance on all and IT infrastructure. purchasing criteria in the future. In particular, the importance of Internet connectivity rises, surpassing both brand and design (see Figure 1). When making future purchasing decisions, consumers will place a much greater emphasis on what they can do with a device. Service quality: When asked to rate satisfaction with aspects of services they are currently using, consumers rated most at roughly 50 percent. Obviously, there is great opportunity for progress in all aspects of service, in particular those relating to how service providers and device manufacturers interact with consumers.
  2. 2. IBM GLobal business services ElectronicsExecutive Summary Importance of purchasing criteria Future purchases 85% Price 3% 82% Product specification 3% Past purchases 71% Internet connectivity 8% New focus areas Price 82% for manufacturers 69% Brand 3% Product specification 79% 69% Device interoperability 9% Brand 66% 69% Design 6% Design 63% 68% Content/service availability 9% Internet connectivity 63% 65% Customer service 6% Device interoperability 60% Content/service availability 59% Customer service 59%Source: IBM Institute for Business Value Connected Devices Consumer Survey. N=988.Figure 1: Consumers have a growing interest in what they can do with their devices. Collaboration: Although only 17 percent of consumers have collaborated with device manufacturers in the past, 73 percent are interested in future collaboration. While the most common motivation for past collaboration was the desire to share ideas and experiences, consumers now are more enticed by incentives such as first use of products and financial benefits. Industry challenges Eighty-eight percent of electronics executives view services as a way to become more competitive by differentiating their offerings. The majority believe that customer-facing functions will feel the most effects from a move to services. Executives also expressed concern with the challenges associated with cultural and organizational change, perhaps recognizing the company-wide shift in mindset expansion into services requires. New capabilities for the age of experience To deliver a superior consumer experience through services, electronics companies need to focus on five key capabilities: Open collaboration To facilitate consumer collaboration, companies should offer incentives, provide the right communication forums and establish collaboration guidelines. Employee collaboration should be woven into business processes via collaboration and social networking technologies to create a forum where ideas can be shared and refined. Finally, to provide the ultimate consumer experience, electronics companies need to work more tightly with organizations within their industry, as well as players outside their industry.
  3. 3. IBM GLobal business services ElectronicsExecutive Summary Customer insight Key Contacts Electronics manufacturers that offer services have the opportunity to interact directly with end users and, as a result, gain more visibility into Global their experiences. Companies can use analytics to turn customer data Paul Brody into valuable insights and integrate these insights into their strategies and business processes. North America Service operation Kenneth Englund For manufacturing-oriented companies, creating and delivering service could be an entirely new operation. They need to establish a service Europe organization and create effective service operations that are embedded in daily business processes, particularly those associated with service Samuel Auvray design, sourcing and managing partners, and service performance management. Rob De Wit Software development Device manufacturers need to beef up their software capabilities and Lothar Ritter address issues such as a limited understanding of software among many industry leaders and scarce software resources within the industry. In addition to seeking talent, companies should focus on how they can John Kitchingman build software-related knowledge and assets. Flexible infrastructure Asia Pacific To effectively provide services, electronics companies need a flexible Jerry WT Hsu infrastructure that allows them to create and provide the services as well as manage the devices. We suggest they explore ways to both reduce the cost burden and overcome IT complexity, such as outsourc- Alex Yangwoo Lee ing to a third party or employing a service delivery platform (SDP) in the cloud environment. Japan Mikio Takashima How can IBM help? Author • Perform strategic analysis to identify target markets and develop collaboration strategies and methods YangJin Kwon • Create customer data management and analytics solutions • Manage and outsource the design, development and implementa- tion of embedded software and systems • Develop processes and technology for service delivery platforms and cloud infrastructures. To learn more, download the full IBM Institute for Business Value executive report at
  4. 4. © Copyright IBM Corporation 2011IBM Global ServicesRoute 100Somers, NY 10589U.S.A.Produced in the United States of AmericaMay 2011All Rights ReservedIBM, the IBM logo and are trademarks or registered trademarksof International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, othercountries, or both. If these and other IBM trademarked terms are markedon their first occurrence in this information with a trademark symbol (® or™), these symbols indicate U.S. registered or common law trademarksowned by IBM at the time this information was published. Such trademarksmay also be registered or common law trademarks in other countries. Acurrent list of IBM trademarks is available on the Web at “Copyright andtrademark information” at company, product and service names may be trademarks or servicemarks of others.References in this publication to IBM products and services do notimply that IBM intends to make them available in all countries in whichIBM operates. Please Recycle GBE03410-USEN-00