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Top Ten Emerging Industries of the Future

  • October 2014
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 194 pages

The $20 Trillion Opportunity that will Transform Future Businesses and Societies

This study discusses the evolution of various top-emerging industries, to help them drive growth and innovation in a rapidly changing environment. It targets individuals and businesses with a futuristic vision, and analyses key industries with the potential to grow into bigger markets by 2020; it also indicates how these industries will impact existing product and business lines; and details key challenges and possible threats. It estimates that the future will be characterized with trillion-dollar markets providing firms with newer channels and growth avenues. Furthermore, most emerging industries will be highly technology-driven as software technologies and connectivity become more pervasive in the move towards a smarter and digitalized world.

Executive Summary—Key Takeaways
Top Ten Emerging Industries: Key Takeaways, Global, 2014
1 Widespread automation has eliminated physical and mundane tasks. Companies will have to factor in newer technologies and services, improved connectivity, and advances in analytics to redefine the scope of their work in the future.
2 Policy decision makers and government institutions will look to make use of the rapid development of technology by deploying the Internet of Things to improve their operating and infrastructural efficiencies and to find newer ways of measuring the growth and development of their economies. They will also look to enhance public welfare by providing better education and healthcare facilities.
3 Governments and firms will need to balance utility derived from mass exodus of information with managing privacy by coming up with better regulations, standardizations and controls, as billions of people share information, socialize, and transact through the Internet.
4 By 2020, as software technologies and connectivity become more pervasive, a smart and digitalized world is inevitable: There will be billion smart phone users, 80 billion devices, billion mobile app downloads, billion subscribed location-based services, and an augmented reality market that is expected to be valued at $ billion.
5 Firms will be forced to change their existing business models to adopt a more consumer-centric approach to include quick resolutions and real-time information and price discovery, as expectations of consumers in a digital world will increase.

Table Of Contents

Top Ten Emerging Industries of the Future

Executive Summary
Executive Summary—Key Takeaways
Executive Summary—Key Findings on Top 10 Industries


Research Scope, Background, and Methodology
Research Scope
Research Background
Research Methodology: From Macro to Micro Trends


Definitions and Evaluation Criteria to Determine Top Industries
What is an Emerging Industry?
The Benchmarking Process
Benchmarking Process—Emerging Industries Universe Benchmarked for the Study
Benchmarking Process—The Benchmarking Scale
Scoring Matrix: Key Parameters in Identifying Top 10 Industries in 2020—Scores
Scoring Matrix: Key Parameters in Identifying Top 20 Industries in 2020
Benchmarking Top Industries by Commercial Attractiveness
Top Industries by Level of Disruption


Alternative Energy
Alternative Energy Scorecard
Alternative Energies—Industry Overview
Alternative Energy—Commercial Attractiveness
Alternative Energy—Commercial Attractiveness
Top 3 Trends in Alternative Energy
Trend 1: Wind Power Capacity Forecast
Trend 1: Future of Wind Energy: Case Study: British Petroleum
Trend 2: Nuclear Fusion
Trend 3: Energy Harvesting
Trend 3: Case Study—Pavegen's Energy Harvesting Tiles


Big Data Analytics
Big Data Analytics Scorecard
Big Data Analytics—Industry Overview
Big Data Analytics Life Cycle
Big Data Analytics—Commercial Attractiveness
Top 3 Trends in Big Data Analytics
Trend 1: Rise of Machines Powered with Intelligence
Trend 2: Sophisticated ICT-Big Data Analytics Convergence Drives Emergence of Next Generation Computing Platforms
Trend 3: Big Data Analytics to Create a Sustainable Environment
Big Data Analytics—New Business Streams
Level of Disruption—Big Data Analytics
Big Data Evolution


Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing Scorecard
Cloud Computing—Industry Overview
Cloud Computing—Commercial Attractiveness
Top 3 Trends in Cloud Computing
Trend 1: Cloud Robotics—Versatile Applications across Industries
Trend 2: Opportunity Space for Developers
Trend 3: Convergence of Social Defined Network (SDN) and Cloud Computing Resulting in More Cost Effective Models
Cloud Computing—New Business Streams
Level of Disruption—Cloud Computing
Evolution of Cloud Computing


Connected Living
Connected Living Scorecard
Connected Living—Industry Overview
Connected Living—Commercial Attractiveness
Top 3 Trends in Connected Living
Trend 1: Centrally Controlled Connected Homes
Trend 2: Mobile Future of Work
Trend 3: Connected and Wi-Fi Cities of the Future
Connected Living—New Business Streams
Case Study for Connected Home—ATandT Digital Life Services
Case Study for Connected City—Seoul
Case Study—Cisco Smart Work Centers


Cyber Security
Cyber Security Scorecard
Cyber Security—Industry Overview
Cyber Security Key Services
Cyber Security Commercial Attractiveness
Top 3 Trends in Cyber Security
Trend 1: Regulation—From Laissez Faire to Global Standards?
Trend 1: Current State of Regulation as Measured by the Cyber Security Index
Trend 1: G20 Cyber Security Index
Trend 1: Global Hot Spots—National Infrastructure that Need Cyber Protection
Trend 2: Protection—Technology versus Insurance
Trend 3: Market Players—Strategic Shifts for Competitive Advantage
Cyber Security—New Business Streams


Mobile Robotics
Mobile Robotics Scorecard
Mobile Robotics—Industrial Overview
Mobile Robotics—Personal Applications
Mobile Robotics—Technological Value Chain
Mobile Robotics—Commercial Attractiveness
Top 3 Trends in Mobile Robots
Trend 1—Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Trend 1: Artificial Intelligence—What will the Future be Like?
Trend 2: Unmanned Vehicles—Autonomous Driving
Trend 2: Unmanned Vehicles—Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Trend 2: Unmanned Vehicles—Unmanned Naval Vessels
Trend 3: Autonomous World—Will this be a Game-changer?
Trend 3: Future Autonomous World Applications
Mobile Robotics—New Business Streams
Level of Disruption—Mobile Robotics


Online B2B
Online B2B Market Scorecard
B2B Ecommerce Market—Definition and Scope
Online Retail—Commercial Attractiveness
Top 2 Trends in Online Retailing
Trend 1: Future of Procurement—From Point-to-Point to E-Marketplaces
Trend 2: Types of B2B Business Models
Single Firm e-Procurement—Case Study Siemens Click2Procure
Store Front—Case Study IBM Cross View
Public Marketplaces: Connecting Numerous Suppliers of Goods
Public Marketplaces: Case Study—eBay Motors
Private Marketplaces: Connecting Numerous Suppliers to One Company
Online B2B Hypermarkets—Case Study: Alibaba.com
Online Retail—New Business Streams
Level of Disruption—Online Retail


Urban Logistics
Urban Logistics Scorecard
Urban Logistics: Industry Overview
Defining Urban Logistics: The Urban Logistics Supply Chain
Urban Logistics—Commercial Attractiveness
Top 3 Trends in Urban Logistics
Trend 1: Future Fleets will become Connected and Smart
Trend 2: Distribution will become More Consolidated
Trend 3: Transforming to a Hub-and-spoke Logistic Model
Urban Logistics—New Business Streams
Level of Disruption—Urban Logistics


Waste to Energy
Waste to Energy (WtE) Scorecard
WtE—Industry Overview
WtE Process
WtE—Commercial Attractiveness
Total WtE Plant Market—Revenue Forecast by WtE Plant Segments
Total WtE Plant Market—Process Segments
WtE Technologies
WtE—Global Perspective
Top 2 Trends in WtE
Trend 1: New Avenues for Resources—Circular Economy
Trend 1: Circular Economy Business Models
Trend 2: Smart Waste Infrastructure—Digital Management of Infrastructure


3D Printing
3D Printing Scorecard
Industrial Overview—3D Printing
Value Chain of 3D Printing Industry
3D Printing—Commercial Attractiveness
Top 3 Trends in 3D Printing
Trend 1: In-house 3D Printing—Factory Blueprint
Trend 1: In-house 3D Printing—Ford and General Electric
Trend 2: 3D Printing as a Service—Example: Shapeways, Sculpteo
Trend 3: Small Batch Manufacturing and 3D printing
Trend 3: Mass Customization and 3D Printing
3D Printing—New Business Streams
Level of Disruption—3D Printing
Evolution of 3D Printing


Top Mature Industries
Scoring Matrix: Key Parameters in Identifying Top 10 Mature Industries in 2025
Key Industry—Global Information and Communication Technology
Key Industry—Global Pharma and Healthcare
Key Industry—Global Energy and Power
Key Industry—Global Oil and Gas
Key Industry—Global Automotive
Key Industry—Global Chemicals, Materials, and Food
Key Industry—Global Engineering and Construction


Conclusion and Recommendations
Conclusion and Recommendations: Most Attractive Industries
Conclusion and Recommendations: Strategic Recommendations
Industries that did not Make it to the List.
Legal Disclaimer


Definition of Online Retail
Global Retail Market—Bricks versus Clicks
Emerging Clicks Strategies: The Social Media and Apps Platform Have Replaced the Traditional Way Consumers Interact with Products
3D Printing Industry Adoption Map
Key Attributes of 3-D Printing
3-D Printing in Education
What's Next? 4D Printing
Mega Trends Influencing Urban Logistics—High Speed Rail
Mega Trends Influencing Urban Logistics—Augmented Reality
Global Hot Spots—National Infrastructure that Need Cyber Protection
Country Market Attractiveness Map
Solar PhotoVoltaic (PV) Energy Outlook
Future of Resources—Redrawing the Resource Map
Overview and Introduction—Examples of New Business Models
Personalization and Customization
Value for Many Business Models

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