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Smart technologies can’t replace humans - Plane crash caused by overreliance on autopilot

                Slow news days seem to be characterized by the blogosphere reaching into its bag of social-injustice-topics and gleefully ranting about whichever it blindly selects. On every fifth iteration or so of this charming cycle, in between politicians breaking the economy and the top ten blah-blah-blah, we get to hear about how the machines...

When you think Harley-Davidson, you think… sustainability? - Harley begins production of an electric motorcycle.

                Harley-Davidson today released that it will produce a full-size, electric motorcycle. This, as the latest development in sustainable technologies, demonstrates that major brands in vehicle manufacturing see EVs as the way of the future, and will begin production to spur demand from their customers. Most 2-wheeled EVs currently in ma...

And Their Eyes Were Watching the Sun - Solar will soon be cheaper than coal

                SolarCity announced today that it has agreed to acquire solar panel manufacturer Silevo, with the intent of constructing a manufacturing plant capable of producing 1 GW of panels per year, one of the largest on the planet. The release continues, indicating that SolarCity intends to build a follow on plant with a minimum of 10 GW of ...

For Tesla, Patents are so 20th-Century - Strategy meets vision

                Tesla has promised it will not enforce its mountain of electric car patents against anyone producing electric vehicles “in good faith”. This surprise move is consistent with Tesla’s narrative, as well as having definite strategic benefits which position the world’s premier electric vehicle manufacturer very well if other companies t...

Things in Action: Blue-sky Manufacturing Enabled by Cisco. Truly, Swiftly and Deeply. (Part 2/2)

Here is Part 2/2 of Cisco’s C-scape conference. On Day 1, we saw the converged plant architecture that Cisco is driving within the manufacturing space. Rather than taking a ringside view of the action and a myopic vision for the market, Cisco has clearly differentiated itself by enabling very good scalability and flexibility in manufacturing operat...

Quantum - The Biggest Development in Computing Since Computers

Big data is the buzzword for data sets too large and complex to be analyzed efficiently using conventional tools. The ability of humans to measure and analyze more and more of our surroundings has created opportunities for control and optimization never before imagined and created markets that serve the new need to understand and use these massive ...

Internet of Things: Cisco's Delightful Strategy to Make Manufacturing Cool, Fun and Intuitive. Part 1/2

We were invited to Cisco's C-Scape conference this week, to learn and discuss about their strategy, vision and directions the company is taking in the IoT market. First of all, it was an extremely well orchestrated event, like clockwork, with over 130 analysts attending from industrial and financial markets. Just to talk about the sheer expanse of ...

GM continues their push to become the leader in connected vehicles – Will 4G LTE connection speeds put GM in front?

by Doug Gilman General Motors recently announced the final piece to stake themselves as the infotainment/telematic leader; their 4G LTE pricing plan. North America’s leading vehicle producer teamed up with AT&T to bring drivers the same speed they see on the cell phones in their vehicle. Now with the capability of turning your vehicle into, litera...

Strategy on Wire

The 2008 documentary Man on Wire chronicles French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s legendary walk between the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers shortly after their completion. Viewers lose themselves in Petit’s excitement, as he recounts (in dizzying detail) how he pulled off (and lived to tell of) “le coup.” The film happens to be on many “best o...

Post-Earth Day Resolution: To Marketize Environmental Decisions

Every Earth Day is a reminder of how far we have come in protecting the environment that keeps us alive in this “ultimate closed-loop system,” namely our planet.   But Earth Day also serves as a stark reminder of how far yet we have to go in removing the threats we have created to the survival of our species, and others. And, more seriously, how w...

The Connected Car is now becoming a battle ground for the 3 Tech giants – but the battle right now is more Microsoft vs. Google than all three

Siri, Norwegian for ‘beautiful woman who leads you to victory’ and Cortana, a character from Microsoft’s 26th century Halo video game series may eventually have a technological duel for in-vehicle speech and furthermore an auto’s OS. Microsoft recently unveiled their beta stage digital personal assistant, Cortana, for the new Windows 8.1 smartphone...

The New IT-as-a-Service Model: Do You Know How to Transform?

There is a lot of talk these days about the “transformation” of IT. Vendors, service providers and even analysts describe in glowing terms the “new IT”: service-oriented, agile, aligned with business goals and in-tune with the needs of internal and external constituents. Part Jeeves, part MacGyver, part Dad: the new IT is solicitous, resourceful, a...

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