The Internet of Things: A Lifeline for Indian IT Services Companies?


Life hasn’t been easy lately for Indian IT services companies. At least for some. To begin with, the long reigning hegemony of India’s three largest software firms: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys and Wipro is being challenged. As reported by the International Business Times Cognizant Technology Solutions did more business in calendar year 2015 than … continue reading →

Augmented Reality and the Righty-Tighty Lefty-Loosey Demo

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Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) technology seems like a natural fit for personnel performing intricate assembly, maintenance and repair jobs. AR technology is used to annotate physical objects by superimposing physical objects, in real-time, with virtual information from documents, databases and sensors to assist technicians in performing complex tasks. For example, the AR annotation layer … continue reading →

Three Industrial Internet of Things Questions

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Three Industrial Internet of Things Questions for 2016

Q: The Industrial IoT. Are we finally past the hype?

Not even close. Still too much talk about billions of connected devices, although it’s not always clear what they are connected to and for what purpose. Certainly interesting IIoT implementation stories will continue to make headlines, but … continue reading →

Three Connected Car Questions

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Three Connected Car Questions for 2016

Q: Will autonomous cars be available in 2016?

No, they won’t. Automakers are making steady progress in autonomous navigation and driving technologies, and some of the building blocks are being gradually introduced in new cars. We will see advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) technologies offered in a growing number … continue reading →

Microsoft’s New Focus on Automotive Apps, Cloud Services

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Having Lost the Infotainment Battle, Microsoft is Focusing on Apps, Cloud Services

In my 2016 predictions, article, I made the point that in the ongoing battle for the car’s infotainment screen Microsoft has probably lost to Google, Apple and QNX. Five years ago, Microsoft’s software was driving Ford’s highly celebrated SYNC infotainment system.  SYNC was installed … continue reading →

CES 2016: Why Carmakers Pay Attention to a Consumer Electronics Show?


CES is Becoming the Most Influential Auto Show

Until not long ago, the landscape of car shows and automotive technology symposia was fairly easy to sort out. Futuristic concept cars and new car models were typically introduced in a number of international, national and regional auto shows that attracted car aficionados, auto media, and some … continue reading →

Elon Musk: Never Let a Good Crisis Go To Waste

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Following the Volkswagen emissions scandal, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk and 44 CEOs, investors and environmental organizations sent an open letter to Mary Nichols, the chairperson of California’s Air Resources Board (CARB). (By the way, no other auto executive signed the letter; more on this later.) In the letter, the authors argue that industry has reached … continue reading →

2016: Trends, Predictions and Opportunities


The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): Still More Talk Than Walk Service Lifecycle Management (SLM) Gets Its iPhone Moment Connected Cars: Battle for the Screen Transforming Product Innovation and Development  

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): Still More Talk Than Walk

The torrent of breathless headlines, rosy economic predictions and novel business ideas … continue reading →

Knowledge Based Product Development


Lack of ongoing insight into product operation and the interaction with users is a major contributor to the persistence of a knowledge gap that plagues many product organizations, reduces efficiency and stifles innovation. What drives this knowledge gap? A number of general trends impact companies in most industry sectors and product types. Technology complexity and, … continue reading →

Design for IoT or Design by IoT?

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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 →