JC’s Head in the Cloud

It was 3:05pm; I was driving from Austin to Dallas to meet a customer and stopped at a gas station in Temple to get some cold beverages. As I was paying at the counter my phone received a calendar alert. I looked at it, and it was my car manufacturer’s global diagnostic system informing me…


The Value of Social Computing in Product Development

Contributed by Guest Blogger, Paul Manikas. The use of Social Computing in the consumer space continues to show explosive growth. Facebook has now exceeded 700 million users. 110 million Tweets are sent per day on Twitter. There are 200 million views per day of YouTube via mobile. We are seeing a similar growth pattern emerge in…

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Microsoft at COFES: Old Friends, New Ideas, and A Hint of the Future

Written by Craig Rode.      I just returned from COFES, (Congress Of the Future of Engineering Software).  It’s held in Phoenix, which is not a bad place to visit when one lives in the Seattle area where it’s been raining for what seems like months.      COFES is a great opportunity to meet luminaries of…

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Tribal Knowledge, ‘Hidden’ Information and Social Networking

Written by Craig Rode. I was listening to the radio the other night on my way home from the office, and heard a story about manufacturing.  It concerned a local large manufacturer, and its concern about engineers.  Apparently, it anticipates having ten thousand engineers retire in the next ten years, and is very concerned about…

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