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Biological diversity is the variety of life found in any of, or across, Earth's ecosystems. It is fundamental to life on Earth since it provides oxygen, food, clean water, fertile soil, medicines, shelter, protection from storms and floods, fibres for clothing, a stable climate and even recreation. It is estimated that the services provided by ecosystems are worth trillions of dollars, more than double the world's GDP! Biodiversity loss in Europe alone costs the continent €450m a year or, 3% of its annual gross domestic product. However, the current state of biodiversity is ominous; overpopulation and overconsumption are driving a biodiversity crisis as people continue to expend resources in an unsustainable fashion. Space assets and satellite technologies, combined with advanced and innovative ways to use them, can make a crucial difference in the future of the biodiversity on Earth.
Enterprise software vendor ecosystems are nothing new. Even in the early days of enterprise computing when a handful of mainframe vendors dominated the market, each of them worked with partners, including smaller vendors with complementary offerings as well as various types of consultants who could aid with implementation. Vendor conferences are a splendid way to see such ecosystems in action, and I've written about several recently, including my takes on the VMware ecosystem, IBM ecosystem, and Dell Technologies ecosystem. IBM's ecosystem, in fact, is the granddaddy of all of them, having gone through the mainframe era, the'IBM compatible' PC days, WebSphere middleware in the 2000s, and now the IBM Cloud/Watson ecosystem. One informal way of measuring the vibrancy of an ecosystem is to look at the attendance of a vendor conference where ecosystem partners exhibit.
Something few people have grasped yet is that to get from Smart Technologies to IoT and on to Smart Living (Ubiquity) is a progression, not just in sensors, networks and device thinking, but also in ecosystem and task appraisal (to discern if they are even relevant not just the form of them) thinking. As with every other revolution not only does time and people change the meaning of the revolution they also change the trajectory. At the Global 5G Test Summit at MWC17 in Barcelona the panel was asked what services will 5G bring, extend or establish as the killer services, quite rightly the panel answered that the key services of 4G were not known until the network capability was in place and they evolved by adoption, not by strategy alone. Smart Technologies relates to limited networks of control actions, sensors and rules setting devices around a small number of tasks, specific locations or limited markets. They can be added to relatively easily but ultimately can't manage a whole ecosystem, without replacement.