Global Leader, Electronics Industry Center of Competence at IBM

Designer Data – Part 2: Protecting and valuing your data

Data and insights are quickly becoming the dominant sources of competitive differentiation, as was discussed in Part 1 of this blog post series. But how do you protect that differentiation, potentially monetize it, and make sure it shows in your company’s valuation? High tech companies have totally dominated the patent rankings for years, and there […]

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Designer Data – Part 1: How does data drive competitive differentiation?

“Software is eating the world”, said Marc Andreessen famously more than a decade ago. While software is still critically important to most electronics products today, it is becoming increasingly difficult to create meaningful and sustainable differentiation with software alone. Data, and particularly insights derived from the data, are quickly becoming the dominant sources of competitive […]

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IFA 2016 – What to expect

The 2016 edition of IFA opens this week in Berlin. For an electronics trade show, this one has quite some history. IFA stands for “Internationale Funkausstellung”, i.e. international radio exhibition. It originally started in 1924, and has seen its share of celebrities. Here’s Albert Einstein opening the 1930 exhibition. Today, IFA is one of the largest […]

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Analytics Everywhere In The Network?

In early June 2016, IBM and Cisco announced a global collaboration to provide instant insight at the edge of the network. The announcement focuses on environments where it is very difficult and/or expensive to get the data out to the broader Internet – oil rigs, ports, boats, etc. But what does edge analytics mean more […]

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The Business of Things – How to make money in IoT

IBM’s think tank, IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) produces original research on a variety of fronts. For the past couple of years, the electronics industry specific research has been focusing on various aspects of the Internet of Things. They started with the visionary – and many would say controversial – report on device democracy. […]

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CES 2016 – Industries converging around data

The 2016 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) commences tomorrow in Las Vegas. CES started off in 1967, and for the first four decades or so it was just what the name implies – a show of the latest consumer gadgets. In recent years, however, there’s been a change, and this year it is […]

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Making Sense Of IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been all the rage in the electronics industry lately. Everything you can think of is equipped with sensors and connected, feeding massive amount of all kinds of data into a cloud storage somewhere. The challenge for many companies is how to make any sense of the mountain of data. […]

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Reinventing Business Through Mobility

In July of last year, IBM and Apple announced an exclusive partnership to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps – bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad. The first industry apps to hit the market late last year were built for industries such as Healthcare, Travel & […]

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Electronics Is Becoming A Software Business – Part 3: What Can You Learn from Industry Leaders?

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” –Eleanor Roosevelt. In the first part of this blog post series, I explained through examples how software is changing every part of the electronics industry. The second part of the series focused on the challenges that electronics companies are […]

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CES From a Distance – Connected Anything and Everything

I didn’t get the opportunity to go to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year, but I’m following the event closely from ten time zones away. In the following, a glimpse into what I’ve seen so far. Connected This and Smart That have been in the CES headlines for the past several […]

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Electronics Is Becoming A Software Business – Part 2: Why Is It So Difficult?

“Software is increasing in importance…yet, we don’t have the best practices, organizational structure and mature capabilities to leverage software to the fullest extent”, says a US-based office equipment manufacturer executive in an IBM Institute of Business Value interview. In the first part of this blog series, I explained through examples how software is changing every […]

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Electronics Is Becoming A Software Business – Part 1: Why Is Everyone Impacted?

“Software is eating the world”, as Marc Andreessen, general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen-Horowitz and co-founder of Netscape, put it. The value that customers perceive in products and services is increasingly driven by software. This is true for every company in every industry, but electronics industry is at the frontlines, and companies are […]

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