Steve Shoaf

There’s something for everybody at the Agile Engineering Summit!

Written by Steve Shoaf | October 5, 2018 | Blog

On October 15-17 in Washington, DC, IBM is hosting its 5th event focused on software and systems engineering. Known in the past as IoT Continuous Engineering (ICE) and as Continuous Engineering (CE) Summit, this event is now called Agile Engineering Summit. It will provide opportunities to find out how federal, automotive, industrial, A&D, healthcare and electronics ...read more


The top three reasons to attend IBM’s Agile Engineering Summit

Written by Steve Shoaf | September 26, 2018 | Events

Calling all developers, architects, integrators and testers! IBM’s Agile Engineering Summit is coming to Washington DC, and we’d love to see you there. From October 15 – 17 we’ll be delivering hands-on labs and in-depth technical talks with everything you need to know about the latest technologies. Here are the top three reasons to attend. ...read more


Can intelligent IoT help you to reinvent your enterprise?

Written by Steve Shoaf | July 30, 2018 | Continuous Engineering, Systems Engineering

Can intelligent IoT help you to reinvent your enterprise? As virtually everything becomes connected and data proliferates, Industrial Products companies are exploring how the Internet of Things (IoT) can help them to optimize production operations and plant efficiency, improve worker safety and environmental compliance and drive the shift to data-enabled services and customer-centricity. The IBM ...read more


Continuous Engineering Summit Europe: What does the future hold?

Written by Steve Shoaf | April 16, 2018 | Conferences, Continuous Engineering, Events...

In my job, I spend a lot of time thinking about very complex things. Like the definition of IoT. Or the challenges of connected product engineering. Or how industries are becoming increasingly regulated. Because in my IoT world, “continuous engineering” means working with increasingly connected things in very complex systems, and developing the software that holds it ...read more


The cost of failing to plan – why IoT requirements management matters

Written by Steve Shoaf | March 22, 2018 | Blog, Continuous Engineering, Requirements Management

Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. Some 200 years later and that’s never been more true. The Internet of Things (IoT) connects humans and ‘things’, creating better user experiences and greater customer delight. It also brings along the need to manage the requirements that define ...read more


What we THINK about: the definition of “Internet of Things”

Written by Steve Shoaf | February 26, 2018 | Blog, Events

Not long ago, I was reading an opinion from an industry insider that suggested that “Internet of Things” should be renamed. My immediate reaction was why?  Doesn’t everyone already know what it is? Maybe they don’t. Maybe it’s like the early days of the internet. We all thought we knew what it meant: a network ...read more


Connected product engineering: what’s really needed for IoT product development?

Written by Steve Shoaf | January 30, 2018 | Continuous Engineering, Systems Engineering

We are bombarded by news about the IoT and how it will change our lives—and, how product makers will need to change to keep up. But what does that really mean for product design and engineering processes? More connectivity means more complexity in the form of increased dependencies (or interdependencies) in product designs, which leads ...read more


Navigating engineering complexities with the Industrial Internet of Things

Written by Steve Shoaf | March 14, 2017 | Manufacturing

I’ve heard that purchasing an extended warranty might be a waste of money. True? Well, on the one hand, it’s a good deal. Today’s products have more embedded software, delivering more functionality, driving complexity skyward. A single software bug could shut down your car, or HVAC system, or refrigerator. And the number of components and ...read more


How to optimize product design for IoT

Written by Steve Shoaf | March 14, 2017 | Blog, Continuous Engineering, Systems Engineering

Back in the 80’s when computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE) was in its early stages, a favorite topic of mine was around the idea of push-button product design optimization. Not the more esoteric mode of delivering the ‘best’ design, but actual product shape driven by the physics of the product in use. The idea ...read more


From prescriptive engineering to cognitive engineering

Written by Steve Shoaf | January 25, 2017 | Blog, Continuous Engineering, Systems Engineering

My last blog post on prescriptive engineering describes a view that is admittedly aspirational, but having been recently inspired by work done by IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV), I’m ready to move even further “out there”. The IBM IBV report I reference describes the stages of evolution of IoT with corresponding levels of device ...read more


Using the IoT for prescriptive engineering

Written by Steve Shoaf | December 13, 2016 | Continuous Engineering, Systems Engineering

In one of my earlier posts, I touched on the topic of engineering for business outcomes, and how engineers are being encouraged to think more broadly about the impact of their decisions. In a follow-on post, I outlined how a digital thread, in the form of an IoT feedback loop, can improve the overall results ...read more


Design for analytics in IoT product development

Written by Steve Shoaf | December 1, 2016 | Blog, Continuous Engineering, Systems Engineering

In my last blog post, I wrote about a feedback loop in which operational data can be used to improve design—to optimize products, systems or processes, in support of improved business outcomes. The instantiation of this feedback loop is known as the digital thread. In this blog, I’d like to explore the idea of design ...read more