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5 Signs Your Company Needs a Software Transformation

Software started as a small discipline in the 1960s, and limited applications kept it fairly isolated from most other industries. There were large computers, then personal computers. But then we blinked our eyes and software was everywhere. It’s now engrained in virtually every company. As consumers, we benefit from hundreds—if not thousands—of software programs each year, […]

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Mercedes, Porsche Talk Of Car-As-A-Device And Becoming Software Factories

Neil Postman, the American author, critic and educator, died exactly twenty years ago from the writing of this article. “Technological change is not additive,” he scowled. “It is ecological. A new technology does not merely add something; it changes everything.” A few years after his death, iPhones hit the market and transformed everything from mobile […]

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Automotive Consolidation Driving Alliances In Consulting Services

You heard it here first but, frankly, it was quite predictable: the pandemic and subsequent financial hiccups would create winners and losers, with the losers being acquired at a rapid rate (e.g., “… unjumbling ‘coronavirus’ can spell words like ‘carnivorous’…”). Valuations would be attractive, social-distancing Boomers would want to sell and glide into retirement and multi-billion-dollar corporations […]

Auto Industry Struggling With Creating A Cyber Trust

John W. Peterson’s 1970 hymn’s chorus is “I will trust you when I cannot see, when I’m faced with adversity, and believe your will is always best for me. I will trust when I cannot see.” Good for a church, maybe, but those haven’t been the lyrics to automotive’s kumbaya over nearly the last decade […]

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Money And Help For Small Auto Businesses To Shift In Changing Market

Bullseye Power LLC is a small business specializing in turbochargers and racing components located on the outskirts of Muskegon, which is situated due east of Milwaukee but separated by nearly 100 miles of Lake Michigan. Per its website: “Founded in 2003, Bullseye Power LLC. was created through passion and excitement for high-performance turbocharging in both […]

Upcoming Differentiator: Car Companies Who Unlock The “Key” Of KPIs

An anonymous, exasperated executive from a car manufacturer recently squirmed during an off-the-record interview when asked about his company’s intentions to address ongoing quality issues. He referenced the internal desire to measure the “Cost of Poor Development Quality” and bemoaned, “You don’t understand. There’s no way to measure that. Each engineering group and set of […]

Project Mismanagement: What To Do With The Brute Force Auto Executives

Regular readers – maybe those who have clicked the “Follow” button (hint, hint) — know the basic structure of my articles: a leading statement, followed by supporting data and links, which is frequently summed-up by an “Author’s Note” at the bottom. This latter part might contain some editorial content punctuated with a playful quip, but […]

Technology gets the headlines, but people and process are equally important

Every challenge a CIO takes on involves people, process, and technology. After decades of working in the automotive industry, I can confidently say that if I’d only had to worry about technology, my job would have been much easier.  A lot of leaders don’t realize that the people and process components that are engrained in […]

Augmented Reality is the New Cell Phone

Augmented reality is a new and exciting technology with one key problem: much like the first cellphone, many people don’t yet understand what it really is and how it can fit into our lives.  Think back to the very first iteration of the cell phone. A far cry from the pocket computers we’re attached to now, they were corded devices that could be […]

So You Think You Can Build Software Without Specialized Developers?

Software is becoming a critical element in virtually all products, from vehicles to household items. There are fridges with touch screens and built-in voice assistants. Doorbells, locks, and thermostats can all be controlled via an app. Even my coffee pot connects to the internet! Thirty-five years ago, I would’ve asked how much horsepower a car […]

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