An inflection point is a point on a curve at which the sign of the curvature (the concavity) changes. Many have said that ATCA is an inflection point — the point at which telecommunication companies can design new products without costly engineering re-design efforts; an inflection point for profits; an inflection point for development and business style. Some argue that this will cause a lack of creativity and differentiation. In a modern digital world, differentiation and features are often software-driven; standardized hardware should do little to prevent these developments. In fact, ATCA should enable telecommunication solution providers to focus solely on differentiation.