electronics

Consortium-supported Blockchain Applications: Materials Content Declarations

(This post is a continuation from two earlier posts, referenced in the footnote.[1]) A consortium approach may be the most practical way to solve another problem that affects the entire electronics industry. This is in the processes that support companies’ environmental compliance programs. Companies that sell electronic products into major markets such as North America, […]

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Blockchain Solutions: Sometimes it takes a village (i.e. a consortium)

I’m often the person who presents the basics of blockchain technology to people at electronics companies, which brings a small but enjoyable reward with it: I get to see the light come on in executives’ eyes when they realize that blockchain can solve a real-life problem for them. Our discussions almost always get more animated […]

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SAP S/4 HANA and IBM IMPACT for Digital Reinvention in the High Tech Industry

It’s not news to anyone that the high tech industry (electronics) is playing a pivotal role in the new digital era: not only because high tech companies are trailblazers in the usage of new digital technology but because they develop and produce the gadgets and data that enables the digital world. Everyone wants to be […]

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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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Cognitive Transformation Loves Agile

It’s been two years since IBM introduced the Watson business unit and the new business environment called “The Cognitive Era”. There have been many companies who started applying cognitive technologies into their businesses, but not so many have transformed their business in a fundamental way.  Some have done well and some have struggled. I would […]

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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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Apple+IBM at IFA 2016 – Enterprise Mobility for Electronics companies

Last year at IFA 2015 the Apple+IBM alliance presented for the first time its industry apps from many different industries, with particular focus on our Electronics offerings. Since then a lot has happened in the alliance, many new industry apps were developed, now over 100 apps, but also new offerings and capabilities based on the wealth […]

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What Cognitive Innovation Can Do For Your Customer Engagement

In a few weeks the whole of our industry will flock towards Berlin for the IFA 2016. Like previous years this will be an extravagance of announcements on new innovations and product introductions throughout the industry, combined with numerous engagements with business partners at the show-floors. In that respect it can be pretty much compared […]

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IFA 2016 – Experience Innovation in the Cognitive Era

After an enjoying summer break, many of us turn our attention to the upcoming IFA in Berlin, the Mecca of Consumer Electronics. We had so far another interesting year with a lot of buzz and noise on artificial intelligence, the year of the wearable and another breakthrough in smarter home (maybe the 4th time and still […]

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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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Balancing supply assurance with effective inventory management

  It’s easy to get pulled into the trap. Solving short-term supply assurance problems is, after all, a very important part of a buyer’s skill set; and in many organizations it’s the only time that a buyer gets recognized for his or her efforts. But buyers can get caught up in what is sometimes called […]

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