The integration age is the evolution of the information age. The integration age is made possible by the evolution of information management (search engines, bill pay, etc.) and information sharing (wikipedia.org, meetup.com, myspace.com) .
In fact a whole new generation of businesses that emerged (or came of age in Apple's case). Google, Apple, eBay, Amazon, PayPal, myspace.com, youtube.com, craigslist.org, technorati.com, del.icio.us are just some of the big winners.
They share a common bond, right? They helped facilitate the creation and navigation of information and in the process dramatically affecting what is now possible.
The integration age is marked by globalization and specialization. It means highly integrated and efficient systems on the macro level thanks to specialization on the micro level. It is an age where Walmart rules because of their ability to effectively manage moving pieces. Did you know that Dell does not build computers and Nike does not make shoes?
The information age meant more information than any person or corporation could possibly handle, and businesses that specialized in the information age thrive in the integration age.
It is the IPhone that will likely be the symbol of the dawn of the integration age. An elegant merger of technologies, who would've thought it would take so long to merge the cell phone with the music player effectively.
Evidence that the integration age is well under way is seen in more and more places every day.
Welcome to the integration age.
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