I talked with a friend last night about his young 12 person architectural company. He is doing very well. His secret: lots of technology. He is in competition with firms that don't use much technology (or don't use it well). As a result, his firm can get things to clients faster, with less work, than competitors. His productivity per employee is climbing fast as he continues to automate his business with computers. His view: “there are so many things we still do in this industry by hand that should be done by computers.”
An interesting side note on my friend's innovative company is that much of what he is doing today couldn't have been done on PCs several years ago. They didn't have either the processing power, connectivity, or the storage necessary for handling the large files and 3D modelling he is doing. Now, he can do it on machines that even a small company like his can afford.
The upshot is that there are thousands of companies like his, in many different industry sectors that now have the affordable hardware and software they need to innovate. All of them share the same passion for using computer automation to eliminate the drudge work of their industry, increase their responsiveness to client needs, and improve their workproduct. The higher the percentage of computer automation, the more they will grow in lock-step with Moore's law.
A Moore's law economy looks very much like the computer industry during the last three years: productivity grew at 65% a year in the PC industry since 1998 (McKinsey). At that rate, one person doubles their work product every ~18 months. At that rate, our national wealth doubles every 18 months. Although it is unlikely that every industry sector can reach this goal, the combined contributions of those that do will likely push our average productivity growth to a 10%+ sustained rate. That doubles our national income every ~7 years. [John Robb's Radio Weblog]