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IoT Field Notes: Seed Fund, Year 2

In the past, I have written about our internal Seed Fund and how IT is helping our business units move forward with some of their ideas around Smart, Connected Products (aka the Internet of Things). Over the last few weeks (during our annual review / budget season), I’ve had a chance to recast some of […]

IoT Field Notes – Whiteboard Wireframing

I’ve written about the Lean Startup methodology, and talk a lot about it internally and externally. It has proven valuable many times, as a way for a business unit to slowly, gently get into the IoT game; building MVP-style Proof of Concept mobile apps, web pages, and machine learning models to help illustrate our product […]

IoT Field Notes: Muddled Marketing Messages

Another form of “field work” I have to do involves wading through the “excitement” around this topic that fills my browser, inbox, voicemail, and calendar. My baseline observation is predictable – it feels like more hype than substance. As happened with Big Data and Cloud in the recent past, many existing technologies and areas of […]

Recommended reading for the week (Internet of Things edition) …

A semi-recurring feature – this time, focusing on my latest internal initiative re: the Internet of Things. Some 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 […]

Who is Using the System? Tracking in the Enterprise

For years, web sites have been measured – and valued – by user traffic. Who is looking at this site? When are they coming, and how long are they staying? Driven by the advertising business model that values “impressions”, web analytics have evolved in a number of ways; the interest has shifted from Passive to […]

Why Bother Documenting My Solutions?

Interesting line of conversation around an internal Help Desk project … “What exactly is the point of my help desk ticketing system?”, posits the hardy IT Tech. “I, like so many other IT technicians, am expected to solve end-user problems quickly with my infinite knowledge of every potential PC / software combination, not to mention […]

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How to be Taken Seriously as a Business Partner

Part of my job consists of working with General Managers & Managing Directors, talking about process and technology projects, and how we might leverage internal and external resources. I am no longer surprised that external consulting groups get more of the interesting and exciting projects – internal IT is often challenged by a lack of […]

A Practical Reason for Moving Beyond Smart Part Numbers

During a process review session this week, I got involved in a terrific conversation about Smart Part Numbers. You know what I’m talking about – those cryptic SKU identifiers so popular with the folks in the warehouse, on the shop floor, in production planning. There is logic and structure to the characters and the numbers, […]

Practical Innovation Lessons from Software Vendor R&D

I recently had the chance to listen in on a roundtable discussion involving a software developer’s R&D group, discussing some of their thoughts on architecture. Some interesting ideas around “innovation” … Innovation vs. Cost Control A question from the floor – how sensitive are the R&D arms of major vendors to existing investments in infrastructure […]

Two observations from SAPPHIRE

Many are blogging on the SAPPHIRE conference in Atlanta, I just want to add two observations from the day… SAP on the Web 2.0 Bandwagon: Striving for full buzzword compliance, SAP’s CEO spoke of incorporating ideas like wikis and blogs into their next generation of applications. They gave a quick demo of an internal expertise […]