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Collaborative projects like the Human Genome Project (HGP) would not have been possible without the Internet and distributed computing systems. Innovations like these blur all types of boundaries: physical, social, and even competitive. Like the HGP, companies now reap the same rewards that come from collaboration by sharing systems and data. This kind of sharing is the keystone of the new information age. The information age has shifted focus from physical assets to connectivity and information assets. The competitive differentiator is now about expanding connections beyond company walls, and sharing ideas and data with partners, suppliers, and increasingly customers. Data now flows in and out of the business in enormous volumes and rates.
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