The Best Payback in Technology History… Think you know what it is???

Hmmm…. How about a giant ERP system?  🙂  Nope.   Internet Explorer?  Windows Mobile?  Getting closer, but those are only “honorable mention” in my book.   If you’re a company with a large investments in ERP and Line of Business (LOB) applications, my vote for the best technology payback the computing world has ever seen is the new Microsoft Office.  Really.  Thanks to…

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Toyota’s Car OS vs. Ford’s Sync (Microsoft Windows Automotive)

Ok — let me come clean right up front: the headline here is slightly misleading because Toyota’s Car OS and Ford’s Sync are not really directly comparable.  For one thing, Toyota’s Car OS does not appear to exist yet — though it reportedly is under development.  They also have a somewhat different (but overlapping scope)…

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Why bother with lean? Because it Rocks!!

  My last post left off with the following set of questions:  Why bother with lean?  Really, why would we want to imitate an old and slow industry like manufacturing?  Especially given it’s long and steady decline in the United States.  With the acceleating pace of change in the world, we need new ideas that…

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Lean Everywhere

Lean manufacturing has been around for a long time.  Many of the principles of lean were identified in Henry Ford’s work before the US Great Depression of the 1930s, and significantly extrended by Kiichiro Toyoda and Taiichi Ohno during the middle of the last century.  Today, Toyota is regarded as the pre-eminent practioner of Lean Manufacturing, and “Lean…

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Ontological Uncertainty and Innovation

Thought folks might find this 2004 working paper from David A. Lane and Robert Maxfield at the Sante Fe Institute of interest:  http://www.santafe.edu/research/publications/workingpapers/04-06-014.pdf.  It’s a little dense, to say the least, so I posted this brief summary of which elements caught my attention….      As I read it (I’m simplifying, and the authors don’t explicitly reference systems thinking), “ontological uncertainty” is essentially…

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Computers and cars… what’s not to like?

Just wrapped up 3 days of a great SAE Convergence 2006 conference at COBO Hall in downtown Detroit.  This is the world’s premier conference about the convergence of computing and automotive engineering.  Believe it or not, the conference has been going every two years since the 1970s.  Even more surprising, back then 75% of the…

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From Convergence – Signs of Life

[Note to readers:  This post is a flashback, but I believe the business dynamics it explores in the automotive computing space are still relevant.  This was written as my first post back in October 2006, but never published.  I’m publishing it now, and I hope that you’ll find it helpful in understanding the industry — or…

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