I’m a the MindTrek conference in Tampere, Finland. Great news is that we won World Summit Award (WSA) Finland in e-Business & Commerce category with a project called the Real-Time Economy Community. It’s a service my company Dicole created together with a great team from Tietoenator and Helsinki School of Economics from concept planning to technical implementation in a Tekes supported project.
RTE community idea is to bring together private sector (companies & service providers), public sector (policy makers & related associations), researchers (Helsinki School of Economics has a competence center around Real-Time Economy issues) and the crowd of people, who struggle with digitalization in their daily working life.
Real-Time Economy points towards a world where transactions, interaction and processes happen simultaneously in real-time. The industrial era of linear cause-and-effect is behind us, organizations need to understand non-linearity, complexity and agility in increasingly changing conditions. The first step is perhaps wide adoption of electronic invoicing to save time and trees, but Real-Time Economy also includes the way collaboration is done in the future and how businesses work with their customers.
Real-time doesn’t mean things that happen literally in real-time, but depending of context things should happen without any unnecessary delay in an integrated, simultaneous and networked manner. We believe this kind of world for business and commerce is not yet very well understood and we want to bring together different players working on this arena.
Real-Time Economy Community will represent Finland in the World Summit Award (WSA) 2009 contest next year.
“We might already be beyond the age of speed, by moving into the age of real-time. The move towards real-time is one way out of the world of speed” – Ivan Illich (1996)