One never stops learning. Our educational snippets for yesterday (Monday 23rd) included…
Never believe the internet speeds publicised
Don’t believe that even if there is (any speed of) internet available, you can connect to it
Don’t record videos in HD
Carry as little as possible if you think you’ll have to walk the aisles at a big show
Weather prediction is as random as ever
That being said, a fascinating first day at the Hannover Messe 2018. My friend Diego Tamburini and I took turns to interview some exhibitors in Hall 6. Hall 6, for those not in the know, is one of those showcasing the ‘Digital Factory’. In total there are 27 halls….. We’ll most likely be spending the majority of our time speaking and investigating those with Digital intent, halls 6 to 8, 2 and 9 to 22 . That is unless you, the readership, suggest otherwise?
As I pen this post, the remaining videos are uploading (apparently at ISDN pace). I’ll add them to our very brief verbiage as and when they make it online. Apologies if you’re frustrated on not being able to watch all immediately. No more frustrated that I am, believe you me…
To add an element of spice, we’ve thought of a couple of challenges for show (digitally biased) vendors. Firstly Diego wants to see examples of AI and Machine Learning at (or close to) the Edge. For my part, I want to hear descriptions (and see examples of) BlockChain that’s understandable by mere mortals. There’s so much waffle on the topic, so many smart people that’re unable to decode for the common person, that I feel it’s only fair to bring vendors (especially) to task on the topic.
You may, or may not have seen our opening tweet and video. that can be found here. BTW make sure to follow us via #allananddiego or via our twitter handles, @allanbehrens @diegotamburini
I spoke to Masaki Tokunaga from the EDGECROSS Consortium on their standardisation efforts, product and OEM inititiatives.
Diego and I spent a few minutes with the ASTI Automation team which was on the Romanian country stand. They’ve some interesting products to educate and inform in areas of (connected) automation.
I spoke to Sharon Van Beek from the electric car company e.Go. A passenger and goods vehicle that spans driver-based electric to autonomous (when it’s allowed) modes.
Diego spoke to Mike Pantaleano, from ESAB, about their IIoT/IoT connected welding equipment. Fascinating!
I spent time reviewing IBM’s stand. A theme of four focae with some excellent partner stories. These centred on things Watson IoT. I spoke with Christopher Daerr from IBM on what they wanted customers to takeaway from the sand.
And to Vincent Campfens from the Port or Rotterdam, on their application of WatsonIoT to embed, capture and present knowledge on things port and shipping.
I spoke to Marcus Woehl, from the German software house VIDEC, specialists in automation technologies. They’re looking to branch out of Germany to new geographies, including the UK.
Diego and I were on the SAP stand. Their focus is on the Digital Twin, and Martina Weidner did a good job in explaining their show focae.
Also, we’re delighted that Christine Gerd (SAP) has responded to the Blockchain challenge… her video is insightful. A great effort!
On then to the Fujitsu stand. Fujitsu have interesting solutions, not just in areas of automation and insight, but in vision (and quality) systems. We discuss their stand with Manfred Braun.
And move on to look at AI and machine learning for 3D shape
and vision systems with Fujitsu’s Grant Kinchin.
That’s it for now – sorry it’s taking so long to get the videos online. Will be better tomorrow hopefully!
This years’ Innovation day in Munich (15th December) reinforced, to me anyway, Siemens’ increasing focus on (industrial) things digital. Siemens’ digital revenues are now at €5.2Bn, and growth rates of 20% in software and services reflects the success (first documented in 2014) of their 2020 vision. Importantly, digital investments (including more than $10Bn software acquisitions over the past 10 years) are showing good return. Siemens PLM Software, being one case in point; CEO Joe Kaeser brags of 29 of the top 30 Automakers using their PLM software, not to mention the fact that Siemens can honestly admit being a company that (successfully) eats their own (digital/PLM/MES/IIoT) dogfood. Continue reading →
For many of us engaged in the world of Internet of Things (IoT), anyone suggesting that the IoT paradigm is merely a passing fashion might be considered at best ill-informed***. Proof, if I can call it that, are the many, many practical use cases that IoT and it’s sister acronym, the Industrial IoT (IIoT) (and Industry 4.0) have in the market today. Indeed (if any more were needed), the many customer stories presented at IBM’s foremost customer IoT event, the IBM Genius of Things (IBMGoT) on February 18th in Munich, Germany only serve to re-confirm my sentiments; IoT is here, it’s practical and it’s valuable. Continue reading →
I remember a few years ago, speaking on topics of AI and thinking machines, only to be critiqued (by some, not all) of my analyst colleagues for having expectations well beyond accepted realms of timescales and possibility. Visiting IBM’s World of Watson event in November proved that not only was I right, but even (dare I say it) not aggressive enough on my expectations. Continue reading →
IBM, known by many as the world’s IT ‘super tanker’, is transforming their image of former years, to a one that’s more innovative, approachable, cool, connected and industry focused.
The message from both IBM’s PartnerWorld and InterConnect conferences (held a few weeks ago in Las Vegas, NV) is one of change. They (and their partners) are clearly excited by a new era of opportunities. One that will be driven, to a large part, by the dynamics of today’s more connected and insightful world. Continue reading →
The IBM Interconnect is a joining of three former IBM conferences; IBM Impact (Application Integration and Middleware, Mobile, WebSphere and Cloud ), IBM Innovate (DevOps and Continuous Engineering) and IBM Pulse (Service Management). 2,000+ technical sessions, 42 tracks, 8 streams, 3 general sessions and over 20,000 attendees. Imagine the challenges of bringing together such a gathering…not forgetting that the conference was also spread over 2 (Las Vegas class and village scale) conference locations a couple of miles apart! Continue reading →
Recent meetings with IBM reflect a number of forward thinking strategies; from silicon to software, services and IT hardware. Of course no company is perfect and IBM, as reflected by their last quarter’s results, is not immune to the dynamics of markets and/or technology. Having said this, their initiatives around Smarter Planet, business analytics and Cloud are growing at (an impressive) double digit rates, as too their business in many of the world’s emerging economies, notably China, India and Russia.
The $845* million dollar acquisition of Telelogic AB by IBM was more than just a technology acquisition. It reflected awareness in IBM Rational that the industrial (manufacturing) sectors were important, in fact very important.
Our observations from IBM’s General Business worldwide influencers conference leads us to believe that IBM is well positioned to make much more of a mark in the sub 1000 employee company space; having said that HP, Sun, Dell, Cisco et al are not likely to let IBM take the initiative without a fight.