Asset Management – The Primary Asset

40 trillion Euros by 2030 – that’s the experts’ best guess on the investments globally needed just to expand the infrastructure sufficiently to keep up with the expected rate of economic growth. This number equals a 4 followed by 13 zeroes and is only slightly less than ten times the 2015 GDPs of Austria, Germany and Switzerland combined.

According to a recent survey among 100 German top managers of companies concerned with the operation and maintenance of public infrastructure such as power grids, railways and water supply networks, there is a serious lack of information about the actual condition of the infrastructure. Read More

How Healthcare Convergence Is Changing the Role of Pharma

Changing market dynamics and demands for a more progressive approach to manage healthcare challenges are leading to convergence in healthcare. I spoke about this trend in my last blog and how it’s resulting not only in global healthcare systems becoming more and more alike, but also in convergence across a broad range of healthcare organizations. Read More

Is your Application Development Secure?

As companies more and more rely on more specific business applications in today’s fast paced business environment, the software development facilities serving the company have become a strategic partner. A partner that has become overwhelmingly occupied with projects so detailed and complex that it was just necessary to split up the project phases that developers can concentrate on their core duties… the code itself. So far so good, you have it all; your Project Management Office to coordinate the efforts and assign resources, Business Analysts to understand what the business wants, System Engineers to provide you with the infrastructure and keep your code running, the Testing Team that will push the application to its limit and most important your Developers, they will in the end provide your product… which essentially means that your kitchen is ready to serve good food! Read More

Making Use of Data in Manufacturing

I guess by now most people have fully understood the value of data driven decisions and are looking to find the right entry point, i.e. the right initial use cases to dip their toes into the data lake before really getting feet wet. One of the questions coming up quite often in customer discussions is how to start. Maybe the following can help some of you to find those initial use cases.

Please keep in mind: IoT / Smart Manufacturing / Industry 4.0 etc. is about making use of information for fast and accurate decisions for incidents, risks, need or opportunities, making use of modern technology to retrieve and visualise the information, simulate decisions and feed the decisions back into an (hopefully highly automated) execution system. Read More

Driving the Digital Vehicle

It’s not just central locking systems, power mirrors or the 18 electromechanical actuators one German luxury car had built into the driver’s seat as early as 1985 – the majority of vehicle processes have been managed electrically/electronically for decades. While today E/E components make up 20% to 40% of manufacturing costs of a car, this proportion is expected to rise to at least 50% in the years to come. This is not just due to the fact that the vehicles’ internal control mechanisms are becoming more complex with every model year, as is demonstrated by the current debate about the emissions control systems of a number of leading automakers. Read More

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