Buying a New Car – Millennials Do It Differently


Millennial Driver

A few years ago I was consulting one of Detroit’s automakers on developing what the company dubbed “a new digital strategy”. Management summarized its point of view on the topic by saying “we need to upgrade the IT infrastructure and increase the storage quota because millennials need more space for email”. That was a while … continue reading →

Digital Transformation and the Internet of Things


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The Internet of Things Enables Digital Transformation

I recently returned from a trip to Germany where I spoke at the Product Innovation Congress in Munich. In additional to the usual product innovation, PDM and PLM topics, this year’s Congress highlighted technologies, business strategies and use cases that use the Internet of Things (IoT) as a … continue reading →

Connected Cars – Mid-Year Reality Check


Google Self-Driving Car Prototype

In the beginning of this year I wrote an article in which I offered a brief assessment of connected and autonomous car technology, and the industry readiness to deploy them commercially. In the article, I suggested that although experimental self-driving cars are already cruising along California’s highways, it’s highly unlikely that self-driving cars will be … continue reading →

Show Me The Money!


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The famous “Show me the money” catchphrase from the movie Jerry McGuire today is more than a clever quip. Thanks to regulations and increasingly vigilant executive management and boards of directors, corporate management is no longer satisfied with vague promises. It wants to see the actual economic return on their investment. A client recently said … continue reading →

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


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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 →