Manufacturing is about to go through a major revolution, one that will have impact around the world. A new generation of automation will be changing the way things are made. In “The next revolution in manufacturing is full automation” I take a look at what it all means.
I don’t rant so publicly often, but this new trend to push very long payment terms on to small businesses is just bad for everyone involved. Join the fight! Read the blog posting, “A call for revolution: time to push back on long payment terms” and rise up!
This week’s TECHFLASH blog post in the Phoenix Business Journal takes a look at what companies can do to maximize the software investments they have already made. “Businesses should not worry about the software they need and use what they have” I offer up some best practices for maximizing your company’s software investment.
This is our final post in a series on The Internet of Things, or IoT. In “This is the biggest challenge for the Internet of Things” I take a look at the monster that keeps IoT companies up at night – Security. In the end, security is a big concern when designing your IoT device, but one that can be easily addressed with the right experts, systems, and planning.
The next step in our look at the Internet of Things, or IoT, is what to do with all that data. Having sensors track something is great, but it makes a lot of ones and zeros. Saying “it is Big Data” doesn’t solve the problem. “How to deal with all that data from your Internet of Things device” I take a look at how planning and using the right tools can give you a handle for this critical part of IoT products.
In this second article on the Internet of Things, or IoT, we take a look at ways you can connect a smart device to the internet. “Connectivity: What makes the Internet of Things a big deal” gives some basic information on options and talks about the important decisions you need to make when developing your connectivity plan.
Everyone is talking about the Internet of Things, or IoT. This is the first of four posts that look at what IoT is and how your products can take advantage of it. We start with “Sensors and controls: Making a product smart enough for the Internet of Things” to understand what makes a product smart, the first step in enabling a product for the IoT.
The Arizona BioTech industry has come a long way, but has it come far enough to be self sustaining? In “Has the Arizona biotech community achieved critical mass?” I take a look at where we are and how close we are to this critical goal.
In those documentaries on the animals of the desert, at some point they always say something like “the harsh environment shapes desert dwellers into uniquely strong and beautiful creatures.” The same is true for our tech startups. “6 things that make the Arizona technology startup community unique” takes a look at this environment and what we need to do to take advantage of it.
Numerical simulation has been the bulk of my career for 30 years now. I love simulation. It has had a huge positive impact on product development as well as many other industries. In “What is numerical simulation? And why should I care?” I evangelize a bit about my professional passion.
When you think about high-tech in Arizona, what comes to mind? We have it all here. However, the one tech industry that supports and enables many of the others is microelectronics. In “Let’s focus on microelectronics for a bit” we go over a few of the reasons why Microelectronics are so important to Arizona.
Shut up and listen. Easy to say, hard to do. every day in a ton of different ways, we are asked to listen to what other people are saying, and the reality is that not a lot of us do. In this post, “Why you should learn to shut up and listen” I go over why the problem causes real issues in business, and some suggestions on being a better listener.
Getting a product from idea to the market is a lot of work. Much effort and attention is focused on figuring out the idea, but the part after that is usually portrayed as some romantic quest involving coffee, colocation spaces, and long hours. In this article, “So, you have an idea for a product, what next?” we offer up some practical advice on the steps you need to take to get going.
If you are like me, you are in a tech business because you love science. But who has time to learn about all the new an exciting discoveries out there. Even reading is something we often don’t have time for. So I’ve started listening to science podcasts and it has been a fantastic way to stay on top of things, and get reminded about the things I’ve forgotten.
In “Best way to stay science educated: Podcasts” I go over the three that are worth following regularly and talk about more about why it is important.
Marketing is one of those things that we engineers struggle with, and when “inbound marketing” became a thing, we thought it was a just another buzzword. But, after giving it a try, we are fans “How I learned to love inbound marketing” goes over why we think it is a great tool for generating business.