Re: 1% Improvement?
"I wonder if there's need for some kind of organized body to bring these two parties together. Certainly, there's some room here for consultancies or agile startups to carve a niche out for themselves bringing the agile ways to the big companies. I wonder if there's an room for some consortium of big business execs and silicon valley startups to share their knowledge and resources in a way that's beneficial to everyone (maybe one already exists). As you rightly point out, Chris, in the age of the IoT, we're going to need both these kinds of companies working seperate angles on seperate goals to bring that big picture together. A little cooperation will go a long way."
Since IOT is already a big deal, I expect companies will be working together, and there could be mediating companies (like zerox203 said) that could bridge the gap between two major companies working on the same project. The entire smart grids of IOT are very difficult to build, not only because it needs thousands of sensor array networks, but also it stretches over a huge patch of land, and that could create a tension in company vs municipality and this needs to be solved by mediating companies.