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IoT Field Notes: How to Identify Customer Value

When introducing the idea of Smart, Connected Products (a.k.a. the Internet of Things, or IoT), one of the many early conversations are about creating value. The focus will be different, based on who you’re talking with; with a product manager, you’...

Posted April 10, 2016    

The Internet of Things and Applied Digital Strategy

When I speak publicly (and internally) about the Internet of Things (IOT), I prefer the term Smart, Connected Products. Yes, I know – sounds like a buzzphrase. But the words are used with intent, to shift thinking away from the tactical aspects of...

Posted April 4, 2016    

IoT Field Notes: The Seed Fund

As we have moved through these last few months, connecting with business units (BUs) and developing ideas around Smart, Connected Products, we’ve experimented with different ways to generate interest, explain concepts, introduce new ideas, and make...

Posted October 28, 2015    

IoT Field Notes: Who Are You Disrupting?

Much has been written of the power of the Internet of Things to introduce disruption into established industries – and this is often where the conversation will go (when introducing the idea of slapping sensors on mature machines). But are you...

Posted July 13, 2015    

Can Enterprise IT Borrow from Lean Startup Thinking?

The enterprise shift to “consumerization” is more than just the desire to use my iPhone and upset my work-life balance. It’s something akin to instant gratification – people have ideas about how information can augment, automate, and transform how...

Posted January 23, 2015    

IoT Field Notes: Solving Interesting Tech Challenges

As we start these projects, the focus is not all strategy, markets, and business cases. We eventually get to the tech stuff – and have already hit a few things that start off as puzzles and end up as interesting insights, decisions to reduce...

Posted December 22, 2014    

IoT Field Notes: How Do People Start?

When introducing the idea of “information as a product or service,” it’s fascinating to see how different companies want to start.I don’t mean start the conversation – that part of the process seems to take care of itself. I will send emails and...

Posted December 16, 2014    

The Next Next Big Thing

Part of my job has always dealt with looking into the future and trying to discern important trends that may impact our business. I think I see the next big thing on the way – folks are talking about it now, but I’m not sure enough people in digital...

Posted November 3, 2014    

Records Retention for Industrial Manufacturers

[Records Retention refers to] the practice of maintaining records for an organization from the time they are created to the time of their disposal. (source: Wikipedia)That last bit is the tricky part; every day at most corporations eMails,...

Posted October 28, 2013    

Marketing and IT Get Together: The Elephants in the Room

Disclaimer: I am (possibly unfairly) generalizing about two general classes of Business Professionals (Marketing and IT). Please don’t get offended; step back a bit and see the elements of truth in my silly little tale.This past week, I was at a...

Posted October 13, 2013    

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...

Posted March 29, 2013    

Developing an IT Strategy: Timing

In some companies, IT struggles to find a voice amid the other functional areas of the business – Finance, Operations, Sales and Marketing, even Human Resources. “Business Alignment”, a regular item on lists of Top 5 IT Concerns each year, pops up...

Posted December 24, 2012