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Security as a Profit Center - Strategic moves by Key Companies to Drive Customer Acquisition in Industrial Markets (Part -I)

We recently did an analysis on North American Automation Security Trends and uncovered several strategic business drivers. The key highlights were: 1. Security goes beyond compliance. Drives profitability, sustainability and operational excellence of the enterprise. 2. The inevitability of cloud and IIoT requires technology innovation to create n...

M2M and IoT Cloud Platforms – Key To Successful Connected Deployments

Introduction   Adoption of cloud-based machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet-of-Things (IoT) application lifecycle management platforms is expected to increase rapidly in the United States.  By providing access to a standard set of published interfaces or application programming interfaces (APIs) & Vertical market templates, M2M/IoT cloud platfor...

Why Social is Different (and How to Adapt Marketingwise)

Every company understands the necessity of listening and engaging with customers on social media. But have most companies grasped how to effectively market to them on that channel? As noted in the Frost & Sullivan Market Insight, From Mass Marketing to Social Marketing, companies may be challenged in marketing on that channel.  Here’s why, from th...

Milsatcom and High Throughput Satellites

I am writing this one day after I completed the research on the Global Milsatcom Applications market, focusing on the downstream hardware segment and I am excited. Before I begin my rant, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the industry experts who invested a fair share of their time discussing Milsatcom technologies and related mark...

Nuclear Power If it was a Nintendo game, it’d be called “Smash ‘em Smoosh ‘em”

                I am a nuclear power enthusiast. In fact, if I ever sell an app to Facebook, or find out I’m the long-lost heir apparent of the King of Saudi Arabia, I’m almost certainly going to start a company that makes all kinds of nuclear reactors. Despite the scientific challenges and PR problems associated with nuclear power, I do believe it...

Havex malware infects source through watering hole attacks, targets ICS/SCADA systems in critical infrastructure.

Name: HAVEX Malware Target: ICS/SCADA systems across diverse industries Type: Watering hole attack - Trojanized software planted at solution providers website Region: Primarily Europe, but one site compromised is based out of California Who: Energetic Bear, active since August 2012 F-Secure, Finnish security research firm, posted on June 23rd,...

Siemens Automation Summit - Part 1/3 - Re-organization around Industries

The automation summit by Siemens was a well attended event with many end-users cutting across process and discrete industries. Due to our schedules, we were not able to attend the key note by Anton Huber, President and CEO - Siemens Industry Automation. However, we attended many of the break-out sessions. Following is my 1/3 posting on its re-organ...

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...

#OpPetrol June 2014 - Anonymous Group Exposes Potential Vulnerabilities, Scary Possibilities and Increased Threat Vector Possibilities

Details of the operation: Name: #OpPetrol 2014. Second attack of such sort after #OpPetrol 2013 (http://bit.ly/1lS6hoK). A political group of Hacivists based predominantly in Middle East.  Threat Vector: Taregted attacks on websites of energy companies in the following regions. It is happening, as I write this post and could continue.  Probable ...

Highlights for G-Summit China

I attended Genesys G-Summit in Beijing, China at 19th, June 2014. It was a one-day event with a packed schedule. Genesys invited over 250 customers, technology partners and channel partners in China to participate into the summit. There were over 10 customers come to the stage and share the innovations and enhancements in their customer care with v...

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 ...

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