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Is my vintage phone spy-proof?

phoneI just acquired a beautiful 1998 Sony CM-DX1000 mobile phone. When I was reading the manual to my surprise it said that “eavesdropping on this phone is not possible because it’s digital”. You can spy on analog phones, but not on this digital one. I’m intrigued by the word “this” phone. They must have done something special. [Read more…]

In the Architecture Office #9: A cure for the long-term steering dilemma of architecture development

Previously in the Architecture Practice: Chief Architect Herbert Birchbranch (called Herb in the text) implemented the concept of “Architecture fashion light,” as a mechanism to take care of the issue of limited architect capacity under a heavy change load.

Another dilemma

After 14 months in his role as Chief Architect, Herb felt that he had to take care of another issue, the long-term steering of architecture development. The focus so far had been to set the architecture procedures in place along the project process, and to define a couple of services that the Architecture Office provides in addition to that. The need for long-term steering was driven by the fact that the IT platform, as a whole, really needed a strategic change plan. Another driver was the need for several architecture products, irrespective of the extremely limited capacity. To put it simply, a long-term pro-active plan was required for the architecture development. [Read more…]

Technology Predictions from the Past

Schermafbeelding 2015-02-23 om 10.21.34The Institute for the Future is known for their yearly 10-year forecast that tries to answer how the world could change over the next decade.

Naturally we tend to look into the future with their help, but today I wanted to share their predictions from a decade ago. Predicting the future is not that easy of course. So to find out how wrong we are about what our world will look like in 10 years, let’s look back at how wrong we (they) were 10 years ago. [Read more…]

Coming up: Webinar on ‘3D Printing’

CarlosRibeiroThe webinar on “A Broad Overview of 3D Printing – The Truths and the Myths” will be held on Monday, March 2 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM CET (11:00 AM-12:00 PM EST, 9:30-10:30 PM IST). The speaker for the session is SogetiLabs Fellow Carlos Ribeiro Simoes from Sogeti High Tech.

Block your calendar to be a part of this great learning experience!

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Worldwide Internet, mobile and social media trends

Slide006The 2015 We Are Social report deals with everything internet, mobile and social. In this year’s huge 376 page report, the social marketing agency details how the internet has changed in the last year. A huge and interesting pack of data to talk about with clients and/or colleagues. [Read more…]

Leading Digital Equals Data-driven Design, Development, Delivery, and Delight

No doubt you remember Toy Story 1. It was 1995, when Buzz Lightyear made many fans think deep with his hubris-laden “To Infinity and Beyond!” That catchphrase reflected the zeitgeist very well, especially the digital one. Unchartered tech territory was explored in popular books by Nick Negroponte and Bill Gates, respectively Being Digital and The Road Ahead, while Fed chairman Alan Greenspan was warning of “Irrational Exuberance.”

From there, organizations were treated on better-than-ever IT parties: e-commerce, e-business, web services, Semantic Web, Web 2.0, grid/Mobile/Cloud/wearable computing, smart this-and-that, Big Data, Cyber-Physical Systems, Industry 4.0, and the Internet of Things/Everything just to name a few. [Read more…]

Inside Man: Living on Bitcoin

Morgan Spurlock, the Academy Award nominated director of “Super Size Me,” spent a week last year living on nothing but Bitcoin (instead of McDonald’s food) for his show CNN show Inside Man.

“I hope that you’ve had a glimpse into how money could work in the future. […] It’s also a real, robust industry with thousands of companies, millions of dollars being invested, and jobs, thousands of jobs. […] This space is growing faster than the Internet was [in 1994.] This is the third wave of the Internet. […] If you think of it a bit as the third wave of the Internet, you can see that this is going to be pretty big.”

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Everybody tests with Agile

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People who have worked on Agile projects before would have probably noticed or heard this: Agile projects require… agility! But again, agility can mean several things. Of course, it involves following an iterative process, responding to changes, improving time to market and many other important aspects.

However, what people often don’t realize when joining an Agile team is that their usual duties will change. Indeed, with waterfall, each activity is clearly identified and segregated: A business analyst will gather requirements from its customers. Then, he/she will transform them into specifications and forward the documents to the developers. The developers on their side will build the solution from the specifications and deliver them to the testers, who in turn will validate the deliverables with the involvement of users/customers. [Read more…]

Bitcoin 2.0 Enables the Birth of the “Internet of Money”

bitcoin-perfecthueBitcoin is the end of “dumb money”. Thanks to Bitcoin, money is now programmable, “it’s a money platform with many API’s”, which allows countless financial innovations to be created. The possibilities are virtually endless and often quite unexpected. Examples include fraud-free voting systems, digital rights management systems, new types of air miles or freebies, and festival coins for buying drinks. Imagine a car rental company issuing bitcoins linked to their fleet of rental vehicles. Each vehicle can be unlocked and started by using a corresponding bitcoin. People can book the car online and use this digital currency (which can be encrypted on their smartphone in a special app) to drive the car when they are entitled to do so. And, if they are in a hurry, the driver can issue micro-payments to other road users to get out of the way. [Read more…]

Innovation at the heart of the culture

Freedom to innovate

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Traditionally, research and development is performed precisely at ‘Research and Development’ departments of companies and official institutes (Universities, for example). In recent times, what was traditionally called ‘Basic Research’ or ‘Blue skies Research’ has, in a sense, diminished; giving way to ‘Applied Research,’ sponsored by corporations for a specific, predefined aim. [Read more…]

Bitcoin 2.0 Enables Networks Where Trust Is Not Needed

22A problem mathematicians have been working on for a long time is how different parties can know if information exchanged online represents the consensus, without the need to rely on a third party. Until recently, this was considered impossible. This problem is also known as the Byzantine Generals’ Problem. To quote from the original paper defining the problem: “[Imagine] a group of generals of the Byzantine army camped with their troops around an enemy city. Communicating only by messenger, the generals must agree upon a common battle plan. However, one or more of them may be traitors who will try to confuse the others. The problem is to find an algorithm to ensure that the loyal generals will reach agreement.” In a system with intermediaries, it is always possible that one of the parties is consciously or unconsciously filtering or changing information. The solution to this problem must by definition therefore be a system where trust is not needed. This requirement can only be met by decentralized systems. [Read more…]

Your smartphone: A platform for high performance computing simulation?

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The smartphone has already usurped the role of the computer in a number of ways, thanks to the former’s increasing processing power. In fact, some scientists are using the CPU capacity to replicate an “old” idea that use idle distributed computer power to execute complex processing, taking advantage of the huge number of such resources; and have extended this idea to smartphones and tablets as well. [Read more…]

Taking pride in Censorship and Business

worst-thing-about-censorshipMany things already have been said about the Cyberspace Spirit song. But if for some reason you missed it, watch and enjoy, and start your day with a smile. The song is  an initiative of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). The CAC is also responsible for managing China’s internet and filtering out unwanted messages, aka “The Great Firewall”. Cyberspace Spirit glorifies the cleanliness of the Chinese internet. [Read more…]

Quality-driven Digital Transformation

Q&A and TestingWe are living in the “Decade of SMACT” and our lives are highly impacted by Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and the Internet of Things. Disruption is happening all around these five basic technologies. Customers are changing their behavior in response and companies are keen to find out how they need to transform to survive this change. Many companies, irrespective of the industry, are facing the same challenges – how to stay on top of these new technologies and how to respond to the changing needs of the customers. [Read more…]

Disruption in Manufacturing: The Future Of Digital Factories

rodney.brooksx616Yesterday I came across this research report from SCM World titled The Digital Factory: Game-Changing Technologies That Will Transform Manufacturing Industry. For this research they collaborated with MESA International on a joint survey to define the landscape of manufacturing technology tools and defining an investment priority timeline.

It shows that Big Data Analytics, Mobile Technologies and Robotics are defining the future of digital factories. In this post I want to highlight some of the findings and results from the report. [Read more…]

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Big Data & Analytics – Your Practical Yoke

JokeMore and more organizations are taking advantage of tools and services that bundle different types of data. Very pragmatically, Big Data is about the profitable analysis of information sources that an organization wasn’t previously tracking.

DATA first: Doing All Things Analytically
Never juggle with Big Data and Analytics just because it feels fashionable to do so. Big Data Analytics definitely is an amazing discipline, however the techniques are instrumental. Your Data Science Office should always focus on DATA first: on “Doing All Things Analytically.” [Read more…]

The service is dead, long live the service!

software PM servicesIn my previous blog post Wanted (or not): new design principles, I referred to the discussions I’ve been engaged in, recently, on whether or not architects need new design principles. In the context of such new design principles, I suggested that we need more and smaller building blocks. [Read more…]

Spot, the new robot from Boston Dynamics

Spot is a four-legged robot designed for indoor and outdoor operation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. Spot has a sensor head that helps it navigate and negotiate rough terrain. Spot weighs about 160 lbs.

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Five design principles for the Internet of Relevant Things


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The possibility of generating data out of external or internal environments to create actionable insights, which we can steer on – is a promise that the Internet of Things brings to us. Nowadays, large industries and small start-ups are driving their businesses toward IoT-related segments to get a piece from the ‘connectivity’ pie. [Read more…]