October: Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

AI (artificial intelligence) is a collection of technologies that can enable a system to sense, comprehend, act, and learn. These technologies are empowering professionals to better make sense of the vast amounts of digital data that are collected by modern information systems.

September: AI Is Changing Industries And Society

As robots become cheaper and more capable, they’re moving from their traditional roles on factory floors into new industries. Collaborative robots or “cobots” too are being integrated into more types of environments and performing more varied tasks—from stocking shelves and assisting factory workers to performing services in the home.

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Investing in Infrastructure or Failure?

For this column I am pretty excited to be discussing the Invest in America Act, a bill designed to provide a boost to some of the nation’s urgent transportation infrastructure needs. For those of you who have been following my radio show, or this blog, you know that I am extremely  passionate about this subject.

Connected World Announces 2020 Women of Technology Winners

While 2019 had the highest number on record of women in senior management roles, we are still desperate for more females to fill leadership positions in many industries and in the tech space in general. Enter the eighth annual Women of Technology and IoT 2020 list, which is comprised of notable women who are powerful, smart, and tech savvy across a host of vertical markets.

Here’s Where to Start with the IoT

A new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit aims to show that a lack of technological know-how and security concerns do not have to be a permanent state. Rather, support exists for those who are inspired by the potential of the IoT (Internet of Things), but are unsure of their own first step. This is great news for a number of different industries such as energy, healthcare, logistics, retail, and transport.

Improving Employee Wellness

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised awareness among employers that their workers are the company’s most important asset. If workers get sick, the company can shut down and, as bankruptcy filings show, even go out of business. More and more, companies are recognizing the value of employee wellness programs to maintain the health and vitality of their workers.

Making a Case for Azure RTOS

Peggy Smedley and Pamela Cortez, Azure IoT senior PM, Microsoft, talk about Azure RTOS (realtime operating system). With an extreme amount of IoT (Internet of Things) devices coming online, she says Azure RTOS provides services and manages processor resources for applications. She also talks about the challenges and importance of building applications, devices, and security.

COVID-19: Winners and Losers in Industrial IoT

Noone can accurately predict the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but by combining economic scenarios with datasets and prior experience, we can assess its impact on the engineering, manufacturing, and industrial (‘technical applications’) software markets in general, and IIoT (industrial Internet of Things) in particular.

Infrastructure on the Agenda

Since the 2016 election campaign, the status of the infrastructure in the U.S. has been used as a wedge issue. Both major parties talk about it, the President talks about it—remember the almost annual “Infrastructure Week?”—and the press talks about it, but nothing has been done about it. Yet.

Ransomware, Eying Cities

Despite all the protesting and rioting in the world, it’s more important than ever to keep your eye on the cybersecurity ball. While the world events are overwhelming and it’s hard to stay focused, unfortunately, you can’t let the world news distract you. The fact is while we are all focused on these events, the bad guys are using this opportunity to snake their way into computer systems to create cyberattacks.

Manufacturers Turn to Servitization amid COVID-19 Crisis

In times of great change, industries are left wondering what the new normal will be in a post-COVID-19 world. In the manufacturing space, an early survey from the NAM (National Assn. of Manufacturers) suggested manufacturing firms were starting to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. Respondents cited supply chain disruptions and the need to find alternative suppliers as early issues, and many anticipated future disruptions due to reduced customer demand and the new work-from-home model.

Heppelmann Highlights Four Thriving Skills of Companies

Did it take a pandemic to wake us up about digitization? It seems that is what many people are echoing in all this new normal the world is all talking about. We have entered a less stable and less predictable era, and the COVID-19 pandemic is just the latest of disruptions in the past decade. Has digital become the new hero in today’s work-from-home era? In fact, research from McKinsey & Co., reveals that investing in talent increases the odds of digitization success by 2.5 times.

Automation Drives Medical Progress and Sustainability in Industries

From manufacturing to utilities, transportation, defense, and beyond, automation is changing how industries do business in an IoT (Internet of Things)-connected world. The ISA (Intl. Society of Automation) defines automation as “the creation and application of technology to monitor and control the production and delivery of products and services.” In life sciences, too, the production and delivery of products and services can benefit from automation technologies. Honeywell is one example of a company applying automation to help bring vital products and services like vaccines and medical therapies to market as quickly and safely as possible. Will this become the norm in healthcare as it is becoming in so many other industries?