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Image Credit: wpglee.comWhile being in the consulting business for 8 years, I have seen how businesses (clients) have managed to get what they wanted; and that too, much faster and at lower cost than expected! This might sound a bit strange when considering a regular IT project.

So, what’s the ‘silver bullet’ that has made it possible? The simple answer is – working together. This also means making things that are reasonable; and not just making things because these are in the Requirements (it’s a part of a contract that specifies the things that must be done). So, the right approach to achieve the desired results here, would be to adopt the ‘Agile’ methodology.

Although, Agile originated in 2001 from the Agile Manifesto, it still seems to be a new concept for many companies! People still try to do things ‘as we have always done’ with lots and lots of specifications/requirements. At times, even a separate project is initiated to create the Requirements. Finally, those Requirements go to some ‘implementer’ for conversion to the working system. And, when (note when, not if) there’s something that’s outdated in the Requirements, it still needs to be implemented! Not because it’s reasonable, but because it’s in the Requirements! This is completely meaningless!

Then, what is the solution? Though ‘working together’ is the best option, it doesn’t help if Requirements are monolithic. A good start could be converting these Requirements into smaller and more manageable user stories. Then, especially if a contract is bound to those original Requirements, some mapping would be needed. It can be just a whiteboard with post-it notes. If people are working from different locations, some (simple) management tools can be more effective. The most obvious and easily available one is Excel, however, investment in some other useful project management tools can make things easier, at least, towards the end. Using a new tool is always an investment, even if the tool is free or easily available to everybody already (as Excel).

Here are some tools that can really help add value to projects:

Great technology or a brilliant business idea alone can’t change the world. These need to be combined with the right mix of people and effective collaboration. If done well, there would be no limits to what a project can achieve.

To read the original post and add comments, please visit the SogetiLabs blog: What’s the Silver Bullet for Successful Project Management?

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Juho Saarinen AUTHOR: Juho Saarinen
Juho Saarinen joined Capgemini Group, more specifically Capgemini Finland, at the end of 2007 as an analyst tester. He was moved to Sogeti Finland when it was established at 2010, and has advanced from Analyst to Manager responsible of testing tools, test automation and agile portfolio.

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RUR RobotThe prediction that, by 2050, we will be able to devise the electronics and circuitry and CPU strength needed to implant a comparable AI (equal to or exceeding the current Human Brain in terms of cognitive and other ‘thinking’ capabilities) into autonomous Robotic frameworks, combined with sensors and complex mechanical systems, could mean that we might be seeing Robots doing more jobs than we can imagine.

Am I guilty of being a bit too optimistic here? I don’t think so. I am sure some readers would have formulated some serious pitfalls; so, please feel free to comment on such below. There are only a few setbacks that I can think of when it comes to this arguably optimistic view. Setbacks would be that the need for dangerous, dirty, dull labor will decrease. Perhaps we ourselves will become less-risk prone and live a less dangerous, dirty and dull life. Here, I am not referring necessarily to the persons themselves… but the jobs that we do. Is that bad? Maybe it’s a good thing. Maybe we can focus our energies elsewhere while the Robots ‘do the dirty work’ so to speak. Maybe we could focus on more interesting jobs – or at least on building even more useful and better robots to ‘serve’ humanity.

Maybe it’s about how we look at the idea of what we can term ‘a Robot’? Is stapler a Robot? We are a part of that chain of events needed to mechanically enact the stapler. But what about a copy machine that binds legal papers that need to have handwritten signatures gathered into bundles with a staple in the process? Is that a Robot? Will it get rid of jobs? It’s definitely more advanced than the good old fashioned stapler, but not a ‘Robot’ per se; however, it’s getting there. Still we say it’s ‘not a robot’ and so, it doesn’t threaten us. For now, that’s still a machine albeit with embedded software. Handy, but not a problem perhaps.

Now, what about a machine that is bipedal, looks like a human, can be dictated to, can communicate and type the legal documents, move around in buildings and on the street and ride in automated driven automobiles? It is hooked up with the ‘internet of things’ where we can update the text content at the touch of a button and via voice command. It has, as one of its dedicated protocol jobs, to handle (from start to finish) the creation of our documents and bundling / unbundling the papers as many times as we wish and the electrical supply allows. The ‘Robot’ could help script and arrange papers, staple them and even deliver them to the post office or to the persons in questions or deliver them to a drone who could pick up the document and fly it across town to the destination. Now are we getting close? Are we eliminating jobs? Yes, the dangerous job of bicycle courier is finally on the hit list!

But, where do we draw the line? I am sure those of you who have dishwashers would not want to trade it back for the good old hand washed event… would you? That’s a job we didn’t mind eliminating. Certainly not after the holidays.

Perhaps some get ‘scared’ when they think that the future robots can do ‘exactly’ what we can do! But WHY?
Do we have so little faith in our human race that, when potentially ‘alleviated’ of many of the current so called ‘jobs’ we do today, we won’t be able to better focus our energies and intellect elsewhere? To create even more and other productive ones?

How do you know that this blog post isn’t written by a Robot? Certainly, cognitive programming and complex algorithms would be able to be set up methods, programmed to churn out such written material at some stage, right?
Now, where it starts to maybe get a bit on the ‘border of ethical or moral’ debate (even I will admit), however, is where we postulate a future milestone that may occur where we can almost think of these Robots as having a ‘mind of their own’ or a ‘consciousness’. Then the 3D jobs would indeed, potentially, become a moral quagmire. Again, going back to the play RUR: The Robots described in RUR were not just automatons or mechanical, but were closer to complex biological organisms that (like a ultimate ‘Turing Test’) could fool humans who could not distinguish between a ‘Real’ Human and one of these type of ‘Robots’. That’s a bit far-fetched?

Everyone who knows me, knows that I am and will remain a big fan of: the writer Philip K Dick, who wrote the 1970s science fiction ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,’ and the resulting 1980 science fiction film ‘Blade Runner’ by Ridley Scott. Both postulate the approach where the future ‘Robots’ are more like androids or biological robots. Not to mention the concept of the ‘Cylons’ in the science fiction television series ‘Battle Star Galactica.’

In these pop culture classics, we see an ‘optimistic’  prediction of the year(s) in the future where these Robotic advances would have been realized. For instance, in the 1981 film Blade runner, the replicants were predicted to be active in  the Los Angeles of the “near future” of 2015. As far as I know there are no replicants running around L.A. today. Are there ? We didn’t reach that future yet (except maybe the voice-controlled photo viewing machine sequence, which is theoretically possible today and is most likely existing for some special ‘agencies’ let’s say)
Think of them as either tools for evolution or think of them as the evolution of the human race themselves, seen this way: They will be advanced enough to house all our knowledge (Artificial Intelligence), be mobile in more ways than one (can bipedal walk, swim or fly or all of the above and more), stay ‘alive’ for longer periods than our expected terms (what we live to be roughly 80 or so? ) and can operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for all 365 days in a year.

The only constraints being the autonomous capabilities of the Robots (sensors, battery life, interactions with unexpected events, etc.) and how such Robots will handle the other ‘out of the box’ situations. But then again, how do we humans learn? Go to the ‘Darwin Awards’ website and see how we still seem to make the same mistakes over and over again.

So, what’s stopping this ‘Robot Take Over’ from happening?

The answer is dualistic and complicated. For some of us, the answer is: Nothing. Absolutely Nothing. And for others: Everything. Absolutely Everything. But that’s the subject for another blog post…. Alas!
For now, I suppose the persons in the former category are the ones building the robots of the future and there doesn’t seem to be any going back on that front. The persons in the latter category have not yet made the laws to block robotics advancement. It may come, but I doubt it, especially when the Robot washes their dishes or helps them to write their laws.

So, get ready. They will take over jobs. They will be more prevalent. Get Robot savvy now. Don’t believe the negative Spin doctors about Robots taking over. Why not see it like this: If well designed, and implemented by the right people for the right purposes and in the right manner, Robots will free us of the 3D jobs and will serve and help us. They will not so much be our ‘slaves’ as our extensively useful and time-saving and electromechanical software-run ‘colleagues’. So, if you were one of those convinced of the evil plot of the Robots, I hope you can let the thoughts perish. I hope this inspires you to at least think about this concept and subject and maybe even to take those first steps into learning more about Robot technologies and seeing Robots free us of 3D jobs as a good and necessary step toward human evolution and not some affront or threat to humankind.

To read the original post and add comments, please visit the SogetiLabs blog: Robots “To Rob” Jobs? Reversing the Negative Spin (Part 2)

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Daniel Maslyn AUTHOR: Daniel Maslyn
Daniël Maslyn is part of the Sogeti Labs Group and is a passionate and creative software testing professional with over 15 years of experience in real-world situations ranging from hands-on operational testing roles to test management positions. Knowledgeable in a variety of test methods, techniques and testing paradigms.

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RURYou see a lot of posts these days warning us about the ‘Robot revolution’ and about how Robots will be replacing the jobs of many people in the future. Without sounding too crude or controversial, I would ask: Why is this so bad after all? That’s what they are here for, isn’t it?

The jobs that fall into the 3 ‘Ds’ category (i.e. Dangerous, Dull, Dirty) are not exactly the jobs we want people doing in the first place, right?

I don’t want to get into a moralistic or ethical debate here; nor do I want to set in motion the pendulum of either Utopian or Dystopian thinking. All I want to point out is that, yes of course, you can bet 100% on the fact that Robots will become more prevalent in all facets of our lives in the future. That means, naturally, certain jobs will be handled purely by the robotic systems designed for those 3D implementations and as a result: Certain jobs will soon become ‘too laborious’ for Homo Sapiens and hence, obsolete. Here, it is the balance of the Project ‘Iron Triangle’ that’s in play. The three triangle edges being Cost, Time and Scope (with Quality considered as the middle factor). It simply will not be cost-effective, nor time-effective nor logical for humans to be asked to do these 3D jobs any longer when the risky jobs could be handled more effectively, cheaply and safely by Robots, resulting in even more consistent, if not greater quality. Thinking of the Project or Product Triangle, it’s just a “win-win-win” situation.

For the sake of time and cost argument, Karel Čapek (in his play RUR) had set in roughly a ‘near plausible’ future (1950s or 1960s) and his ‘robots’ were inexpensive and abundant everywhere. Consequently, they were irreplaceable as they made products of equal quality for a fifth of the cost that humans did and with less errors and waste.

It’s interesting that on the one hand we don’t like the idea of humans slaving away on menial tasks, but on the other, some are ‘scared’ or ‘scare mongering’ that “Robots are going to take over the world.” That’s true – they will. The dirty, dangerous and dull part of the world. Let them have it, I say. That’s the very point. But it’s a negative spin to say Robots will “take away our jobs.” Why? Well, I for one am lazy and, sadly perhaps, I see the human race as a ‘work- avoidance prone’ one. However, we are definitely not tool- or machine-averse. You might even argue that it’s our ability to use technology to make useful tools, solutions and applications that got us this far, wherever that may be.

So enter our positive obsession with ‘the robot.’ They will not ‘take over’ the jobs but ‘handle’ the jobs that we ‘choose’ to leave to them. Is that a threat? I do not think so.

In fact, by doing so, we’ll get to focus on less 3D jobs and more ‘interesting’ jobs. Perhaps robots will free the time for plenty of other more useful or even more productive jobs for us to consider. Like, perhaps, devising ways of generating new fuel supplies, transport methods, medicines, etc. leading to less conflict and misunderstandings. Perhaps more time for education for all. As we will have more of the population educated and more ‘free time’ to do many other things we couldn’t explore before, perhaps our new inventions and new technologies will even make the Robots that ‘took our jobs’ look primitive.

Also, interesting to note is that the epistemology of the word ‘Robot’ can possibly be linked to the word ‘Slave’ in its origins. The term ‘robota’ in Czech translates to something similar to ‘serf laborer’ (in the medieval sense) and could have been derived from a Slavic word ‘rab,’ meaning ‘slave.’ This is a bit of a stretch, however it’s true that Czech playwright, dramatist, essayist, publisher, literary reviewer, and art critic Karel Čapek / 1890-1938, is said to have ‘introduced’ the term ‘Robot’ to English-speaking audiences (Some quote Karel saying that, in fact, it was his brother Josef who inspired him); so, it is no stretch to state that Karel’s Theatre piece called ‘RUR,’ which premiered in 1921 introduced the term ‘Robot’ to a larger public. RUR stood for ‘Rosumovi Univerzální Roboti’ or ‘Rossum’s Universal Robots.’ The Robots, the Negative spin doctors talk of, are renegade robot revolution machines crazed to destroy us. But perhaps Robots and ‘Robot Friendly’ Humans could be given a chance to project Robots not as ‘slaves’ but as ‘efficient’ if not sometimes ‘wondrous’ allies or ‘colleagues’ in our workforce and even social lives. Take the Robot bowling anyone?

Watch this space! Part 2 will be published tomorrow ….

To read the original post and add comments, please visit the SogetiLabs blog: Robots “To Rob” Jobs? Reversing the Negative Spin (Part 1)

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Daniel Maslyn AUTHOR: Daniel Maslyn
Daniël Maslyn is part of the Sogeti Labs Group and is a passionate and creative software testing professional with over 15 years of experience in real-world situations ranging from hands-on operational testing roles to test management positions. Knowledgeable in a variety of test methods, techniques and testing paradigms.

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MjolnirRecently, two starkly contrasting news articles caught my attention. The first was a commentary on wearables, biometric sensors and new ways of authentication, which included using your face too (with hopefully more than a Facebook picture). The second one covered yet another data breach (a media event these days) with healthcare payer Premera, the unfortunate victim this time around. Fascinating, isn’t it? On one hand, technology continues to drive innovations that allow your face, fingerprint, heartbeat and other biometric readings to be read off from your mobile phone or smart watch as the basis for authentication … even for financial transactions. On the other hand, according to the Washington Post, over 128 million users have had their personal and medical information compromised in the healthcare industry alone. It’s clear that consumer electronics and enterprise security are becoming indistinguishable in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and that the adage “you’re only as strong as your weakest link” has never been more relevant. But what is the X-factor in this push and pull between consumer and enterprise security? The answer may surprise you.

It’s hard to imagine disciplines, which are at face value more disparate than User Experience and Cybersecurity, with the former (UX) conjuring images of excited teams, creating personas at a whiteboard adorned with colorful Post-it® notes; especially when, the latter’s Hollywood stereotype is the uber-techies in dark control rooms abuzz with monitors, probing rootkit vulnerabilities while monitoring intrusions. However, recent enterprise-focus on experience as the driver of all things IT, has made UX and Cybersecurity unlikely bedfellows. As consumers continue to drive more and more elegance in their interactions with technology (does anyone really think that 2FA is the epitome of authentication?), the pressure has never been greater for security technology to enable this elegance, while protecting individual and enterprise assets alike at the same time.

The pace of digital innovation and the proliferation of the Internet of Things has driven a massive land grab, dominating recent conferences like CES and SXSW. This innovation, however, has not always been driven responsibly (the recently released Markey report found flaws in nearly every connected car system it probed). As enterprises push digital investments, it’s important to ensure that User Experience and Cybersecurity teams are engaged, as odd as it sounds. Let the balance between the ideal experience and the realities of protecting customers, employees and the enterprise alike be established by those most invested in promoting those interests. The result will be an appropriate compromise between two of the highest priorities of today’s businesses, while technology drives towards enabling the perfect security experience.

To read the original post and add comments, please visit the SogetiLabs blog: UX and Cybersecurity – Seemingly Unrelated, Inextricably Linked

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Joo Serk Lee AUTHOR: Joo Serk Lee
Joo Serk Lee is a Vice President in Sogeti USA who has spent the past two years architecting major programs at Aspen Marketing Services and at Abbott Laboratories. He in an Enterprise Architect by trade and has spent much of his 15 year career working in and crafting transformation programs featuring complex technologies across a wide range of technologies including Microsoft/Java stacks, mobility and large CRM and ERP solutions.

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Sogeti is proud to offer web and mobile testing services through our uk based lab, Sogeti Studio, to support your digital or omni-channel strategy.

As part of this we are committed to researching the current trends in desktop, tablet and mobile devices as well as the operating systems and browsers that run on them. This allows us to ensure we can thoroughly test across the most popular types in each category, whilst also offering the ability to test across more niche types to deliver the test coverage our customers need.

Each month we prepare a report on the current omni-channel market trends and suggestions for testing, covering:

- Desktop Browsers
- Desktop Screen Resolutions
- Desktop Operating Systems
- Mobile/Tablet Browsers
- Mobile/Tablet Operating Systems
- Mobile/Tablet Service Provider (Device Manufacturer)

Find the March 2015 report here.

Key statistics from March include:

- Chrome dominates the global and UK browser markets.
-  Windows 8.1 continues to gain share from Windows 7.
- Chrome on Android remains the most popular mobile browser globally, while Safari on Apple leads in the UK.
- Conversely, Apple is the dominant device provider, with Samsung (and Android)  following closely behind.

For more information about Sogeti Studio, please visit: http://www.uk.sogeti.com/sogeti-studio

Find the February 2015 report here.
Find the January 2015 report here.

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Healthcare Providers need a faster, more scalable solution to produce trend reports for hospitals and clinics to improve patient care, provider experience, cut readmission rates, and gain other efficiencies. The solution also needs to enable access to BI content for mobile workers, be affordable and be easily maintainable by a small IT team.

Sogeti has partnered with HP and Microsoft to develop a Proactive BI solution for the Healthcare sector- Data Driven Decisions. Sogeti’s capability to implement, Microsoft’s best-in-class BI tools and HP’s hardware, together, could make this solution a reality. Microsoft’s Analytics Platform Server (APS) along with Power BI for Office 365 allow clients to easily deploy a Cloud-based BI environment where people can share insights, collaborate and access reports, from anywhere—phones, tablets or PCs… and all through the familiar user interface of Excel. APS offers scalability for data growth and the ability to include unstructured data into the mix: such as blogs, social media and other useful public online data sources. APS has been optimised to run on the HP Converged System 300 for Microsoft Analytics Platform System, ensuring cost-effective reliability. I would like to share with you a recorded demonstration of this solution:

Data Driven Decisions for Healthcare Intro

To read the original post and add comments, please visit the SogetiLabs blog: Data Driven Decisions: A new proactive Cloud-based BI solution for healthcare

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Jennifer Etzler AUTHOR: Jennifer Etzler
Jennifer Etzler has over 7 years’ accomplished experience driving strategic data warehousing, data analysis, data visualization, and data management solutions for leading retail, health-care, financial, and government organizations. She is highly collaborative, passionate, ideational and articulate, and able to both demonstrate and develop robust solutions and consistently achieve high quality results. She is experienced in data warehouse development, design, and sales within the Microsoft Business Intelligence realm She has been Manager Consultant for Sogeti Group since 2014 and with Sogeti Group since 2010. In this role, she is responsible for leading the National Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS) and Microsoft Analytics Community, which involves serving as a subject matter expert for the organization, supporting sales processes, providing training and technical support to the consultants, serving as a liaison with regional Big Data partners at Microsoft, and providing best in class solutions to clients. Jennifer has a unique background that includes sales, marketing, and training in addition to leadership and technical skills. Previously, she has developed data warehousing solutions to sell Microsoft BI tools targeted to specific market sectors, such as health care, as well as to sell a mobile healthcare finder application development project. She is also proficient at performing sales demos showcasing Microsoft BI tools, whether using Microsoft sales materials or creating new content. In addition to national leadership and sales, Jennifer also dabbles into training and development, and teaches Microsoft classes as an independent contractor and has created and executed her own course content for client training purposes as requested. Jennifer is an advocate for women in technology and serves as a mentor and panelist of Women in Technology of the Heartland, which focuses on the development and promotion of IT talent in women through various outreach efforts, such as mentoring and discussion forums.

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bart-simpson-generatorAgile approaches follow iterative divide-and-win strategies, based on fluent communication, incremental work and continuous feedback. The Agile manifesto states that “Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.” However, the principle “The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation” does not hold true in many projects because of time pressure, distributed projects, team changes, strict regulations,  large-sized applications, huge domain knowledge or complex organisations, etc. In some contexts, face-to-face conversations may not be enough (or not always possible), because “faces” may change, may become unavailable or may simply leave the project. Moreover, if the knowledge is spread out only across different minds, then the whole picture may be lost. In these situations, communication mechanisms need to be enriched with explicit knowledge specifications. Taking this into account, a question arises: can we use accessible, centralised and explicit repositories of knowledge as an accelerator for Agile approaches? The answer is ‘No,’ if documentation is too ambiguous, ill-maintained and bureaucratic. But, the good news is that the answer can be ‘Yes,’ if documentation is ‘alive.’

What does “alive documentation” mean? Documentation is alive if it is executable by simulation, it’s non-ambiguous and can be (easily) changed as a reaction to frequent alterations. Documentation may be a drawback for agility, if we conceive it as a set of non-updated and unstructured collection of words with ambiguous meaning, because its utility is limited and usually becomes dead. In other words, we don’t need Shakespeare for documenting system knowledge. However, agility may be supported, if we are able to manage structured, concise and easy-to-update specifications that support knowledge discussion at each iteration. If we have a useful map, we will find the right way faster. What if we were able to structure system functional knowledge in models from which we could generate purpose-driven documentation that could be easily regenerated after changes? This is not the future, this is the present (watch the Recover webinar for details).

Establishing a purpose-driven modeling strategy, for managing knowledge in Agile projects, is essential for enhancing the potential of many other principles of agility, specially about change (“welcoming changing requirements even late in the development”). It’s because models facilitate impact analysis and detection of early inconsistencies , in addition to reporting and estimation facilities.

In summary, the claim is that “Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software” but we also need to add associated knowledge representations in the form of weighted models or documentation. In this way, during each iteration, the piece of working software becomes a part of the result, and this piece of documentation is integrated into the global specification view for better agility through enhanced knowledge management.

To read the original post and add comments, please visit the SogetiLabs blog: Be agile and bring documentation to life

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Albert Tort AUTHOR: Albert Tort
Albert Tort is a Software Control & Testing specialist in Sogeti Spain. Previously, he served as a professor and researcher at the Services and Information Systems Engineering Department of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-Barcelona Tech. As a member of the Information Modeling and Processing (MPI) research group, he focused his research on conceptual modeling, software engineering methodologies, OMG standards, knowledge management, requirements engineering, service science, semantic web and software quality assurance.

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the-iot-from-things-to-big-dataThere are a lot of cool things coming out of the Internet of Things movement – light bulbs that turn on and off automatically based on your location, thermostats that enter into an energy-saving mode when you leave, smartwatches, connected dishwashers, washers, driers, unmanned drones… the list goes on. At the surface, all of these things seem oriented to consumer needs, which begs the question – how can companies leverage the Internet of Things to increase profitability and remain competitive?

Drones are an excellent example of corporate innovation making use of the Internet of Things. Drones (also called unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs) seem at first glance to be made for hobbyists. Many modern models allow you to control them with your mobile device and see what it sees as it flies around. How could a hobby like flying drones be used by major corporations? Domino’s Pizza demonstrates exactly how – they have been investigating delivering pizza with drones.

So, what can we learn from Domino’s? We learn that designing to disrupt is at the core of maximising the potential of the Internet of Things. Re-think the core of your organisation. Designing to disrupt means re-thinking even the basics, like how Domino’s re-thought how to deliver their product.

Some of the most innovative companies that use the Internet of Things now are manufacturing companies. Various sensors and connected products scattered across a manufacturing floor, can have an enormous impact on efficiency and precision, which are vital to success in the manufacturing industry. Smart products can monitor machinery, replenish raw materials, and report or even rectify mechanical failures. All of these sensors can also report data back to a central database, where Big Data processing can be done and analytics be used to generate highly detailed reports and give immediate insight into where to increase efficiency and minimize defects.

The Internet of Things combined with Big Data has such high potential in the manufacturing industry that it is a primary driver of what experts are calling a modern industrial revolution, referred to as “Industry 4.0”. The German government for example is pushing IoT and industry 4.0 to make German manufacturing the most efficient in the world.

Manufacturing companies have got it right – the Internet of Things has huge potential. Finding that potential means putting an emphasis on innovation. Now is the time to invest.

To read the original post and add comments, please visit the SogetiLabs blog: IoT and Big Data combined will change the face of Manufacturing

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Michael Pumper AUTHOR: Michael Pumper
Mike Pumper started his career with Sogeti in 2011. Since then, his career has rapidly accelerated both internally within Sogeti and at his clients. Through working with clients, Mike has gained experience in a variety of topics at many levels of expertise. He started his career at Baxter Healthcare as a Java / Spring developer, working closely with the business to develop a portal application. Mike started at National Merit Scholarship Corporation late in 2011 as a technical lead and solution architect, overseeing a small team that created a critical internal Java / Spring application that is still in use by the business today. After the completion of the Java / Spring application, National Merit embarked on an ambitious modernization project utilizing Microsoft technologies, including C# and WCF. The project is done in service oriented architecture, which Mike is in charge of managing and designing. Mike also continues to act as the technical lead, mentoring and leading a team of on-shore and off-shore resources as the project progresses. Internally, Mike has been committed to contributing to Sogeti’s excellence in any way he can. Mike took charge of reforming the technical interviewing process in Chicago in 2013, which gave interviewers more tools to ensure that recruits meet the Sogeti standard of quality. Mike has also given talks and lectures for Sogeti consultants and his clients on a variety of topics, including JavaScript, MVC, MVP, and MVVM, dependency injection, design patterns, N-Tier architecture, service oriented architecture, and continuous integration.

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Image credit: suyati.comThe technology to establish and maintain a paperless society does exist today, yet the leading external vendors in this area have only a bit more than 200,000 customers worldwide. It sounds like a lot, but if we consider the total number of companies in the entire world, the figure is indeed miniscule (In the United States alone, there are more than 1.3 million companies).

Regardless of what technology you use today, there is a digital solution for each one of you. Email, Microsoft Office and Cloud based solutions have gone a long way to reduce the number of letters and papers. The last step in this process involves digitalising the legally binding information, exchanged between two parties – this can either be between the customer and the supplier or between two internal departments that need a legally binding signature by an employee. So, the technology is there.

Courts around the world have deemed that digitally signed documents are legally binding – and often easier to prosecute in case of disputes. Instead of having simply a physical signature, now, you can capture the signer name, email, IP address, geo-location and a variety of other information, depending on the solution.

The most simplistic way to digitally sign a document is by pressing a specific “Sign” button. This initiates a sequence of activities by the e-signing software that stores your email, IP address, date and time and potentially other parameters. These are appended to the document, which via the provider, constitutes a legally binding signature. The most complex method involves downloading an app or software, prompting you to authenticate yourself, and then signing documents from within the software.

There are so many reasons for going 100% digital. The 3 most important ones are:

  1. Efficiency Gains – save time, automatic storing, activate business logic, etc.
  2. Financial Savings –save $8,000 for every 100 office workers (based on US numbers)
  3. Sustainability – save 1.2 trees per office worker per year

As per this calculation, US will be able to save 1.5 billion US dollars and 90 million trees – if all their companies go digital. As every company is working to produce more with less, going paperless is the next natural step, as we already have the technology for it.

To read the original post and add comments, please visit the SogetiLabs blog: Go Digital: Usher in a Paperless Society

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Kenneth Wagner AUTHOR: Kenneth Wagner
Kenneth Wagner has been with CapGemini/Sogeti since June 2014, as a Salesforce consultant. He met clients on his first day with the group and have quickly solidified his raison d’être within both the group and its clients. Prior to CapGemini/Sogeti, he served as Sales Operations Manager with an international SaaS Company with HQ in Stockholm. He was responsible for all Sales Related analytics/Business Intelligence; he managed and improved upon all of their Sales & Marketing System and led training at all the offices. Prior to that role he worked the floor as sales – using the systems that would later become his career. Kenneth has impressed industry peers at many opportunities, being branded as a true Cloud Evangelist and a talent for spotting the intersections between business and technology. He sets the bar high, and works tirelessly to make a difference in the ventures he is engaged in.

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google carAt the last CES held in Las Vegas, Google introduced solutions that could revolutionise all industries related to mobility.

Google has a huge lead over other automakers with its Google car. First, the reliability of a driving-related software / technology can only be established after it covers millions of kilometers. And, in 2013, Google had already covered a million miles on American roads with its fleet of 25 autonomous cars, much before all other constructors. The second key advantage and differentiator, in addition to embedded sensors, is Google’s ability to provide a system of mapping in 3D, allowing a very accurate identification of car position (with GPS 2D, the uncertainty is 7 meters, which is insufficient in terms of secure driving). Google Maps has, now, mapped one third of the paved roads in the world, against about 7% for Nokia Here, its first competitor! Finally, facing Google, automotive industry advances in a dispersed order.

If Google has the ambition to propose the Google car on a free sharing basis (a reasonable assumption), this will have a very big impact on the entire automotive industry. The development of the autonomous car on free sharing basis will affect the sale of vehicles (and therefore all actors in the chain, up to insurers). It will also represent a new alternative solution to traditional transportation (bus, tramway, subway, small distance trains). The automotive sector provides 10 million jobs in Europe, mainly in distribution networks, repairing, insurance and infrastructure. So, autonomous cars might lead to millions of job losses!

The passage to the autonomous car, following the Google business model, therefore, represents a full paradigm shift for the entire sector. And time is running out for the automotive industry to organise itself, because Google has already announced that it will be able to industrialise this car before 2020, i.e. only five years from now!

However, it will bring undeniable benefits to the society as a whole, by allowing the transition from an economy based on possession to an economy based on the usage. This will be more favorable to sustainable development, by reducing road accidents, by ensuring the autonomy of the elderly and disabled, as well as by freeing valuable time today devoted to the conduct.

After all, a medal always has two sides!

References:

  • Franck Casenave, Stop Google, Pearsonn edition, 2014

To read the original post and add comments, please visit the SogetiLabs blog: Google Cars to cause a Paradigm Shift in the Automotive Industry?

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Philippe Andre AUTHOR: Philippe Andre
Philippe André is an expert within Business and IS architecture, Service Architecture, System modelling and Soil science. Philippe is a Certified Enterprise Architect (L4) and TOGAF9 certified. Philippe’s mission is to help clients to make the best decision as far as business and IT alignment is concerned. He works as a link between architecture and design team, making sure that architecture decisions and directions are applied on the field.

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