No. 10. How do you get to No. 10? With data, a little bit of talent, and a lot of hard work doesn’t hurt either. That’s what it took for Spaniard Rafael Nadal to reach a record-setting tenth grand slam title winning the French Open at Roland Garros last week. The former No. 1, ending an odyssey of injury, showed the tennis community that dedication, a tenacity to win, and the right tennis equipment—all armed with key information—will lead to unprecedented success. Nadal now has 15 majors, surpassing American Pete Sampras for the second-most in history only to trail Swiss player Roger Federer for the all-time lead.
In last week’s column I pointed out some of the trends we’ve seen during the past few years while compiling Connected World’s annual Women of M2M list. I’m going to narrow the discussion a bit in today’s column by focusing on women in engineering. There’s a glaring retention problem, and some recent studies and articles I’ve come across have convinced me the topic deserves some more exploration. Especially since so many women who make our Women of M2M list have engineering backgrounds.
This month is dedicated to celebrating women in technology, as well as innovation in the Internet of Things. Half of the U.S. workforce is made up of women, but males outnumber women in tech jobs—especially in leadership roles.
We hear time and time again when it comes to top positions in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers, most women do not have enough female role models to encourage them in these interests. There is no question the numbers might be true. In the tech industry, it is still largely a good-old-boy’s club that makes it more difficult for women to enter and move up in a tech company.
One of the hurdles facing the construction industry right now is a skilled labor shortage. This isn’t a new issue per se, but it is one that continues to hinder the industry. And, honestly, if things don’t change, it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
In my last column I began a discussion about ways the IoT (Internet of Things) is shaping the construction industry. In this column I want to dive deeper into a couple of IoT-enabled construction trends. The first is green building. Green building is a bit of an umbrella term that has many meanings for several different things when it comes to the processes of designing and building and then operating and maintaining structures.
For as long as I have been involved in the technology industry, I’ve also been involved in the construction industry via Connected World’s sister publication, Constructech magazine, www.constructech.com. The construction industry is truly a powerful industry. It is made up of some of the most tenacious and courageous professionals I have ever met. It has been an immense pleasure and challenge to not only report on, but also help direct how the construction industry thinks about, adopts, and implements technology.
There is so much happening in transportation and the news transects infrastructure, so we have a lot to talk about how all these events impact your business.
You’ve heard it over and over again, our infrastructure is failing. In fact, there are a number of very important topics related to infrastructure and/or construction. President Donald Trump has made it very clear that he intends to focus much of his presidency on improving U.S. infrastructure. Infrastructure is without a doubt one of the most important discussions we could be having right now. And perhaps the bigger question is how do we address America’s crumbling infrastructure? As I see it, the IoT (Internet of Things) is going to be part of the answer.
Every word I have written or spoken about distracted driving this month has stirred a lot of emotion in those that care about this very issue. There is no question the distracted-driving debate is a powerful one. Thus, before we put this year’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month behind us, I thought it might be prudent to take a closer look autonomous vehicles.