Steve Shoaf

By Steve Shoaf on July 30, 2018

Can intelligent IoT help you to reinvent your enterprise?

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 […]

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By Steve Shoaf on April 16, 2018

Continuous Engineering Summit Europe: What does the future hold?

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 […]

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By Steve Shoaf on March 22, 2018

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

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 […]

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By Steve Shoaf on February 26, 2018

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

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 […]

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By Steve Shoaf on January 30, 2018

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

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 […]

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By Steve Shoaf on March 14, 2017

Navigating engineering complexities with the Industrial Internet of Things

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 […]

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By Steve Shoaf on March 14, 2017

How to optimize product design for IoT

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 […]

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By Steve Shoaf on January 25, 2017

From prescriptive engineering to cognitive 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 […]

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By Steve Shoaf on December 13, 2016

Using the IoT for prescriptive 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 […]

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By Steve Shoaf on December 1, 2016

Design for analytics in IoT product development

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 […]

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By Steve Shoaf on November 18, 2016

Engineering for business outcomes

I’m at the PI Congress PLM event in Orange County, CA, mixing with some of thought leaders in the areas of product design and development. Of course, IoT is a big topic of discussion as people speculate, advise, predict and guess at how increasingly rapid technological changes will impact engineering and product development as most […]

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