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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...

Frost & Sullivan: U.S. to Fall Behind Rest of The World if there's a Continued Ban on Futuristic Retailing, such as Tesla in New Jersey

Frost & Sullivan's Automotive and Transportation Senior Industry Analyst states that New Jersey's ban on Tesla can potentially influence other Northeastern states to do the same, subsequently setting the U.S. behind the rest of the world. For more information from Frost & Sullivan's global Automotive and Transportation practice, contact me at eithe...

Everything I Know about Innovation I Learned from Old Movies

By a happy accident, I happened upon Casablanca on Turner Classic Movies this past Friday. This movie always makes me happy – the wonderful dialogue, the gorgeous black and white, the melodrama… it’s just the most stylized, and stylish, thing ever, and I just love it start to finish. You know what’s funny, though? That movie – however polished and...

Is Apple CarPlay the smartest card to play? - A puzzle in the bigger picture of Tier-1 value chain disruption

Apple’s strategy to let the iOS serve as a one-stop shop for connected infotainment in the car is in direct competition with MirrorLink-type integration solution, but is limited and exclusive to i-devices. The clear intention is to reuse the existing software for IVI platforms and follow a service model in the automotive market. This is first time ...

Wabco acquiring Transics - From System Integration to Full Solution Provider for the Global CV Industry

Wabco's acquisition of Transics marks an important strategy of core engineering firms aiming to diversify into service lines by leveraging the data in existing embedded technologies. This has been a sore area for most product-based companies in the commercial vehicle market where fleet management systems are expected to play a key role from differ...

MWC 2014 - Connected Car is the 2nd biggest theme yet again....

Besides the unveiling of the next hot gadget in the flagship Galaxy series by Samsung and Nokia unveiling lower end Android devices adding to the sub $100 device war and a host of announcements on wearables, connected car quietly creeped in again as a hot trend at Barcelona again this year. Though there werent huge announcements by vehicle manufact...

Connected Car, Autonomous Car, Increasing Electronics -How big is the Hacking Threat here?

A volume car like the Golf VII has over 70 ECU's catering to areas like body electronics, ADAS, telematics, access electronics, powertrain, etc. This number gets to more than double if we are talking about a Mercedes or BMW type model. Frost & Sullivan predicts that by 2020 over 65% of the vehicle value will be driven by electronics with the dollar...

Looks like Auto OEMs are going back to the Basics and buttons are making a huge comeback

In an age where regulators like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are looking to build more rigid policies around distracted driving, going back to basics seems a good fit among all this rush of innovation inspired from the consumer industry. In an effort to appeal to first time buyers and tech savvy youngsters, most US OEM...

President Obama's Fuel Efficiency Standards to Give American Trucking Industry Major Advantage in Global Economy

Frost & Sullivan's recently promoted Global Automotive and Transportation Research Director Sandeep Kar provides his commentary in response to President Obama's Executive Order on fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks discussed earlier today in Upper Marlboro, Md. Sandeep believes that, while President Obama's fuel efficiency...

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