Last week, Plex Systems put on a meeting with selected analysts to talk about the future of manufacturing technology. It was a solid event with customers talking the reality of operating in cloud environments. For me, listening to representatives from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Caterpillar on the same panel was something of an eye opener…
4 years ago, in The New Polymath, I quoted Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE “I believe that a popular, thirty – year notion that the U.S. can evolve from being a technology and manufacturing leader to a service leader is just wrong.” GE, of course, has been embedding all kinds of technology as it makes its turbines, locomotives, aircraft engines. MRI scanners and other products “smarter” in its vision of the “Industrial Internet”….
Evolution of the IT Department in the Age of the Cloud There’s no question that the cloud presents a disruptive technology that inevitably leads to rethinking – and often restructuring – the objectives of internal IT departments.
he last 18 months have produced a lot of industry jockeying for cloud-based enterprise applications. SAP’s high-priced acquisitions of SuccessFactors and Ariba — it paid a combined $7.7 billion for less than $1 billion in cloud revenue….