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Purposeful Innovation

Real innovation generates business results … it’s not about sitting around and generating ideas …

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May you live in interesting times …

(mythical Chinese curse) We truly do live in interesting times; world, political, and economic events over the past days, weeks, and months have impacted us all. Some may see these as exciting and positive – others see fear, uncertainty, and doubt. But it is no doubt interesting. Truth be told, in our world of Information […]

IoT Field Notes: How to Identify Customer Value

When introducing the idea of Smart, Connected Products (a.k.a. the Internet of Things, or IoT), one of the many early conversations are about creating value. The focus will be different, based on who you’re talking with; with a product manager, you’re talking about how much revenue can be generated. The CEO and the Board, on […]

Getting Started with the Intranet of Things

Nope – not a typo! When I speak to groups about Smart Connected Products, I specifically call out the use of the term from Porter’s HBR articles in 2015. We are talking about adding information as a new and differentiating product feature, adding data about how those products are operating as new, value adding services […]

IoT Field Notes: The Seed Fund

As we have moved through these last few months, connecting with business units (BUs) and developing ideas around Smart, Connected Products, we’ve experimented with different ways to generate interest, explain concepts, introduce new ideas, and make real progress. One idea, put into practice late last year, has turned out to be a strong driving force; […]

IoT Field Notes: Why Should I Care?

Introducing wild new ideas takes a bit of thought. If you want to get someone’s attention on a topic that appears to come in from left field, put it in a reasonable context. Take, for example, Smart Connected Products (aka the Internet of Things, or just IoT) – a widely talked about mega-trend promising to […]

Recommended reading for the week …

A semi-recurring feature – items that I think are worth your time. Sourced from a variety of places around the ‘net – I’ll try to give credit for the recommendations where it is due. Some of these are older, some quite recent – I’ve got a backlog of interesting stuff to share. As always – […]

3D Printing Requires Wildly Different Thinking

I’ve been writing a lot this year about Smart, Connected Products – aka the Internet of Things (IoT) – but there is another transformative technology change that has my attention. Additive Manufacturing – aka 3D Printing (3DP) – promises to be almost as disruptive as IoT, but in different ways. More to come in the […]

Recommended reading for the week (3D Printing edition) …

A semi-recurring feature – this time, focusing on Additive Manufacturing, aka: 3D Printing. Sourced from a variety of places around the ‘net – I’ll try to give credit for the recommendations where it is due. Some of these are older, some quite recent – I’ve got a backlog of interesting stuff to share. As always […]

IoT Field Notes: Unsolvable Problems and the Search for Answers

One of the more interesting conversations I’ve had in the Industrial Internet of Things space was on the topic of sensors – in particularly hostile environments, collecting particularly difficult information. A theoretical* example might be the need to measure operating performance for a particular type of pipe joint, used to join dissimilar materials in a […]

Recommended reading for the week …

A semi-recurring feature – items that I think are worth your time. Sourced from a variety of places around the ‘net – I’ll try to give credit for the recommendations where it is due. Some of these are older, some quite recent – I’ve got a backlog of interesting stuff to share. As always – […]