March 2019: Automation and the Future of Work

Automation’s impact on the job market has been and will continue to be significant, to say the least. Forrester Research calls automation central to the next phase of digital transformation, because it’s driving value in terms of faster product delivery, better product quality and higher dependability, and more personalization and convenience.

February 2019: Tech That’s Open, Fair, and Inclusive for the IoT

Open, as an adjective, means to allow access or passage. Something that’s open is not closed; it’s exposed, unlocked. There’s often a positive connotation with the word open—whether someone’s waiting with open arms, an establishment is open for business, or a business leader is open to suggestions, open sounds inviting and encouraging, probably because it generally is.

Telecoms Trends from ITW

Last week, more than 7,000 people from more than 2,000 companies attended ITW (Intl. Telecoms Week) in Atlanta, Ga. Each year, the event brings stakeholders in the global wholesale telecoms industry together to network and discuss industry trends, like digital transformation, cybersecurity, blockchain, AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning, automation, and 5G. Do trends in telecom impact the trajectory in the IoT (Internet of Things)? Absolutely. Here are some news items from the show.

Technology Days by the Numbers

The construction, engineering, architectural, and building industry is at a crossroads. The continued economic expansion in the U.S. is beginning to see somewhat of a little slowdown that could just have some significant consequences. The period of growth that began in March 2009, some nine years ago, is beginning to show some real signs of a recession despite what those reading this blog might wish to prepare for today’s economic climate.

You Can’t Fix Stupid Drivers

In the state of Illinois drivers are experiencing a lot of changes this holiday driving week. First at the gas pump, they are seeing a permanent spike in gasoline taxes to .38 cents a gallon. The new increase is expected to be applied to fixing roads, bridges, highways, and other infrastructure. Some Illinoisans appear to be a bit skeptical whether infrastructure will be improved. (Remember the Illinois Lottery and where that money was to be applied?; that’s a discussion for another day.)

Women Driving Innovation and Growth for the Good of All

Women are working and leading the best companies. As tech continues to evolve, women are more focused than ever to demonstrate their strength, passion, and dedication to help innovate and lead technology in the age of digitization and automation across the globe. Today’s progress comes as a result of decades of hard work, although there is still quite of bit of work yet to be done.

Cyber Threat Awareness and Preparation

Connectivity drives so many processes in today’s connected enterprise. The benefits of connectivity are plentiful; the IoT (Internet of Things) is game changing, and the possibilities of further innovation in this realm are exciting. The down side of connectivity is the possibility for hacks and breaches. To keep the IoT growing strong, cybersecurity threats need to be continuously measured, reported, and mitigated.

Driving Decarbonization using Digital Twins

Against the backdrop of Climate Emergency Declarations, net-zero targets are the talk of the town. Great Britain was the first G7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, and United States) country to set a net-zero emissions target by 2050, but others have shown greater ambition. Finland has committed to be carbon-neutral by 2035, Norway has a 2030 target, and eight EU (European Union) countries have asked for all members of the bloc to commit to net-zero by 2050.

David Van Dorselaer: A 5G Revolution in Manufacturing

Peggy and David Van Dorselaer, industry solutions GM for manufacturing, transportation, and CPG, AT&T Business, talk about how 5G is bringing a revolution in manufacturing and transportation. He explains how digital transformation means so many different things to different companies and that customer requirements are changing. He gives examples of how manufacturing is going to change with the advent of new technologies. Also, he gives tips for how businesses can get started.

IoT, AR, VR to beyond with 5G

For this column let’s consider how IoT (Internet of Things) technologies and 5G will impact medicine and healthcare. Just for a moment I think it’s really important to imagine what our society will look like when we imagine real possibilities for technology beyond what we ever dreamed possible.

5G Prompts Change and Innovation in Industry

Considering how much has changed in the last five years, imagine what’s in store for the IoT (Internet of Things) during the next five years. One change to look forward to is 5G, the fifth generation of wireless technology. Projections suggest 5G will be the fastest generation to roll out globally. With the widespread rollout of 5G, what applications will innovative companies come up with that will enhance life and business in our connected world?

AR and VR in the Industrial Space

Last week, LiveWorx 2019 in Boston, Mass., brought many in the industry together to discuss and discover topics that will help form the future of the industrial enterprise. PTC puts on the annual event, which this year focused on topics like IIoT (industrial Internet of Things), robotics, Industry 4.0, and AR (augmented reality). In fact, the theme for 2019 was “The Augmented Workforce.”

An Enterprise Case for AR/VR

I can’t say enough about 5G. In fact, my comments on 5G are stirring people to ask me questions about it on social media, and that’s great. That means people are reading, people are doing their homework, and people are making the investments in the future of digital transformation.

Construction Call to Action: Winter Is Coming

Construction sales and backlogs are at all-time highs. Additional opportunities are expected with the highly anticipated government infrastructure deal. These are good times. However, winter is coming. Without radical change, companies will fall short of their short-term revenue goals and the industry will not meet heightened expectations. Strong backlogs and aggressive schedules will be compromised with the lack of skilled labor and laissez-faire attitudes on wholesale productivity improvements. This is a crisis in the making. What can be done to mitigate labor and productivity concerns in the short term and establish strategies for long-term success?