Design for IoT or Design by IoT?

Internet of Things

The Internet, mobile devices and cloud computing are drastically changing manufacturing. Software control systems embedded in smart devices and connected machines form a network of sensors and actuators that exchange information autonomously and can monitored and controlled online. The potential impact of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 are undisputed. While industry pundits … continue reading →

Is Your PLM System Running Out of Steam?


The manufacturing world continues to change at an accelerated speed. New complexities driven by embedded software and cyber-physical system interactions introduce new design and testing challenges. Fierce competition and demanding customers force product companies to incorporate new business models and rethink everything, from product architecture to supply chains. Can your PLM system handle these pressures? … continue reading →

Over the Air Software Updates Improve Customer Experience


The Thirst for Information

This year, the Millennial Generation will surpass Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation. Millennials are the archetype of the always-connected lifestyle and are a tremendous force in shaping the present and future of the ways we produce and consume information, an impact that is quickly becoming cross-generational. In studies, … continue reading →

Industrial IoT and Equipment Service

Remote Service

Despite criticism of being overly hyped, IoT technology remains top of mind in many organizations and  will continue to dominate conversations and drive new investments, and for many good reasons. There are numerous areas where Industrial IoT (IIoT) offers clear and significant business value potential. One of the better articulated use cases is service lifecycle … continue reading →

Unlocking the Value in PLM-ERP Integration

Unlocking Value

PLM-ERP Alignment is Critical

In the seemingly endless conversation about product development software, there are those that argue that PLM and ERP serve different roles in product development and product lifecycle management. Those on that side of the fence use arguments such as “PLM helps drive product innovation, ERP helps execute the business of manufacturing”, … continue reading →

Managing Car Software Lifecycle


Software is Carmakers’ Next Battleground

Arguably, all innovation in modern cars is software driven. The use of software controllers in motor vehicles goes as far back as the late 60s with the introduction of a computer controlled fuel injection module in Volkswagen cars. The use of software based electronic control units (ECUs) accelerated and became … continue reading →

Connected Car Security: Real Threat or Media Hysteria?

Jeep Uconnnect Infotainment

With the growing popularity of Internet-connected features in cars, they become attractive targets for remote hacking. While as far as I know no malicious hacking has been reported, there have been multiple demonstrations of serious software vulnerabilities and breaches of vehicles software. A recent Wired magazine article was particularly damming. With Wired support, experienced “white hat” … continue reading →

Autonomous Cars: From Driver Errors to Software Errors

Continental connected car

To Crash is Human

It has been established that humans, not cars, nor the environment are responsible for auto accidents. The data from the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS) conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes this abundantly clear.           Automakers and their suppliers invest heavily in … continue reading →

The Internet of Things and Humans as Sensors

Humans as IoT Sensors

The Internet of Things is the orchestration of multiple connected ecosystems that enable tight value chain integration and synthesis of multidisciplinary data that provide context for high-fidelity decision making. We tend to think of the IoT in terms of monolithic network of connected “things” and the data they generate. This is a correct but very … continue reading →

Virtual Reality is Awaiting its iPhone Moment

Virtual reality and augmented reality display

I have been involved in developing, evaluating and selecting tools and methods for field service and failure diagnostics in complex equipment for many years. Among the many technologies, virtual reality (VR), the technology that was heralded and then flopped in the 90s, seems to stage a comeback, thanks to significant improvement in hardware and visualization … continue reading →