"Shareconomy" describes the societal shift from owning to sharing. According to Pörschmann, this is evident in several dimensions: "First, Shareconomy is profoundly influencing enterprise processes, because social media tools will become more and more popular. Second, the Internet is the place for teamwork, both in and outside the company. Partners, consultants, suppliers and customers will be more closely integrated as part of a networked process. The borders separating companies and organizations will become ever more transparent. Therefore, employees and managers must rethink and be prepared to share know-how, contacts and assets."
Modern tools that enable fast and comprehensive sharing are already reality in successful companies.
"Blogs, wikis, collaboration, polls and other software solutions will dynamically change our working world in the coming years. Communication will change; the way decisions are made; the role of management, along with what employees expect from their future employers," said Pörschmann. "Put simply, it's about the Facebooking of the global economy. Whoever wants to be successful must actively network."
Different sectors of industry are now working more closely together to generate innovation. "Software and telecommunications providers will grow with such user industries as automotive, energy and healthcare, becoming inseparable."
This is already apparent in the use of everyday products, where the strong trend is towards using instead of owning or renting instead of buying. "Car-sharing is becoming an increasingly popular form of mobility. Music portals based not on ownership but rather on time-defined usage are very popular," said Pörschmann. Software solutions will also be even more used as needed: customized, targeted, application-specific. The trend is moving from a complete package solution to shared solutions like SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).
Such developments also pose political challenges. "An international discussion about usage rights is crucial. Right now there are only fragmented national regulations which slow the growth of the globalized economy," said Pörschmann.