IBM Think! ….outside the box.

Well known as a mainstay of corporate IT departments and data centers, IBM has, over recent past, been redefining itself as a business with leading next-gen technologies (Quantum and AI), hybrid Cloud with a focus on growth segments, dare I say it, some enterprise applications (even though they’re loath to admit it), and a mammoth services business.

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Industry analyst livecast : Siemens Industry Analyst Conference 2018

What happens at an industry analyst event? Are the contents new, different, insightful, exciting?
Hear what our select group of key influencers have to say on this years’ Siemens Analyst conference and judge for yourself. An inside peek on Siemens messaging and focus from an outsiders’ perspective; what’s gone before, here today and yet to come perhaps?
Hosted by my good self, Allan Behrens,  Managing Director and Principal Analyst, Taxal, with colleagues Jim Brown, President and founder of Tech-Clarity and Monica Schnitger, President and Principal Analyst, Schnitger Corporation.

IoT, not just great technology

The questions I’ve been asked most recently on the topic of Internet of Things (IoT) relate to its value beneath (or beyond) the hype. Not surprising given the huge amounts of PR and tech speak attributed to the topic over recent past. What’s the proposition to (often smaller) business and consumers; as a business what can I do with it to attract (new) customers and how much can I make from it (additive, profitable revenues).
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Siemens PLM : Planes, Trains and Automobiles…and Ships.

SMM in Hamburg (http://www.smm-hamburg.com/en/) is one of the largest (if not the largest) maritime trade shows in the world. With over 50,000 visitors and 2000+ exhibitors one gets good first-hand insight just how large an industry shipbuilding is.

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Are current product development practices fit for purpose in the IOT world?

The Internet of Things (IOT) promises a step change in the added-value of tomorrow’s products. Of course the intelligent connection of product and services offers significant value-add to (companies and) users, but it’s not just the end-user that benefits. Manufacturers can enhance new products with features and services that deliver additional revenues and profit; potentially over lengthy timeframes.

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3D Print, Robotics and Open Systems to disrupt the supply chain?

My visit to the TCT show in Birmingham last week allowed me not only to catch up on the latest and greatest in 3D Scan and Print technologies but also to speak with, amongst others, Avi Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems. One of the leading providers of 3D print technologies and materials.

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Old/New and industrification of the IT industry

I was reminded by my one of contacts at IBM recently that the IBM i (formerly System i, before that eServer iSeries, originally AS400) was 25 years old last month. In computing terms that development longevity is definitely noteworthy, possibly unique?

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SolidWorks World 2013, Orlando – bigger and better? Lets discuss…

Having attended SolidWorks World on and off for many years (at least 9 over the past 15 years if I remember correctly) it’s interesting to reflect on a change in the nature of the event. The event, to me anyway, was a tad less vibrant than former years; the SolidWorks execs and staff were very welcoming and the customers engaging, but somehow the unique passion that was the hallmark of the original team (who’ve now all but departed from the organisation) seems to be diminishing.

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Autodesk’s premier customer event, Autodesk University 2012, reinforces my views that Autodesk is an innovator, not a follower.

Why do I say that? Well for one thing I believe that they’re the first engineering solutions company that have demonstrated a broad, pragmatic suite of design, engineering and lifecycle management solutions that take advantage of the (public) Cloud. Their momentum on Cloud solutions is significant and this sets them apart from many of their competitors who’re still sitting on the Cloud fence.

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Will ‘app’ culture drive a new generation of user-centric enterprise IT?

I like to discern between ‘user-friendly’ and ‘user-centric’. To me, user-centric is more about the manner in which I would like to consume IT and is focused on my personalised experience of software; user-friendly is an important part of this experience but its definition often suggests nothing more than a pleasant user interface. My phone and pad ‘apps’, for example, provide me with a personalised IT environment that’s focused on getting the job done – quickly. The interaction with them, their ‘elegant simplicity’ and high degree of automation, helps me focus on what’s important ‘here and now’ without needless involvement of adjacent tasks.

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