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Automation 2.0

Automation 2.0

Yesterday the AMR team met with Rockwell Automation's senior leadership group including CEO Keith Nosbusch to spend an entire day digging into the trends and challenges in today's manufacturing automation market.  Nosbusch is a graduate of University of Wisconsin's electrical and computer engineering program, and a 35 year veteran of the automation industry.

May 16, 2009 by in CXO

China and IP: the piper will get paid

China and IP: the piper will get paid

As everyone knows, and as our quarterly supply chain risk data proves, China is a den of thieves as far as IP is concerned.  Today's New York Times has a lengthy and prominent article on brand piracy in Shenzhen's cell phone industry.

April 28, 2009 by in China

Sun and IBM Breaking Up: Who Wins?

Sun and IBM Breaking Up: Who Wins?

The news today about IBM and Sun possibly going separate ways leaves a door open for others to dodge what could have been a pretty blockbuster combination.  I remember back in late 90's how cool Java was and what it meant for Sun.

April 6, 2009 by in Open Source

Connecting the Spend Management Dots with Contracts

Connecting the Spend Management Dots with Contracts

While not exactly a well-known name, Zycus continues its spend management expertise by rounding out its sourcing suite with Contract management.  Targeted towards the sourcing and procurement professional, Zycus iContract provides organizations the ability to actualize negotiated contract savings through real-time monitoring, proactive alerting, and search capabilities.

March 13, 2009 by in CXO

Microsoft Convergence 2009: Hybrid Technology

Microsoft Convergence 2009: Hybrid Technology

Hybrids are the buzz in the auto industry, and now hybrid applications may be the next buzz in technology, both in licensed, behind-the-firewall mode as well as developed and hosted in the cloud.I spent time with Brad Wilson, GM of Microsoft’s Dynamic CRM team, and some executives from Avanade, Microsoft’s BPO/SI joint venture with Accenture.

March 12, 2009 by in Microsoft

Cydia and Apple: Lawsuits will be a sideshow

Cydia and Apple: Lawsuits will be a sideshow

Today’s Wall Street Journal has a big article about a new renegade competitor that is challenging Apple’s App Store and in the process whetting the appetites of IP lawyers. With all due respect to the legal eagles involved, technology and the global supply chain should make this debate moot.

March 5, 2009 by in Legal

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