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In early 2009, the three founders of ThingWorx, began discussions on how we could bring our experiences in building manufacturing focused software products to the broader set of businesses that have operational processes that include people, systems and devices (aka Things) critical to product or service delivery. We realized that we were at the beginning of a new era, one dominated by increasing rates of change, and explosion of smart devices, and a fundamental shift in user expectations of the software experience. We each saw the opportunity from a different perspective:
Can we make Things searchable, social, mobile, and mashable?
Can we increase the velocity of application development to get ahead of the rate of change?
Can we apply the concepts of Connected Intelligence™ to operational processes involving people, systems and devices?
It took us a while to realize that while each of these ideas had merit that, the true breakthrough would occur when all three were combined into a solution. From this simple revelation, ThingWorx was born.