Does Hardware Even Matter Anymore? -from HBR

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We are in the midst of a technological revolution that is every bit as profound as the impact of cheap computing power, but it’s subtler and harder to notice. It will ease the way for companies launching and updating digital products, but it presents steep new learning curves that companies will have to master if they are to be successful.

The migration of functionality from hardware to software.

In more and more businesses, physical objects are no longer the primary basis for innovation and differentiation. They come second to innovations in computer code.

Managers are well aware that Moore’s Law, the idea that the number of transistors on a practical-sized chip doubles every 18 months, has brought us a bounty of cheap computing power, leading to smartphones, tablets, fitness trackers, cloud-based services like Facebook and Uber, and on and on.

The software revolution will be a powerful complement to the cheap-computing revolution, and the opportunities for unique and innovative products are boundless — it’s just a matter of programming.

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How Being a Good Manager Can Make You a Bad Innovator – via Forbes

[…] As the pace of uncertainty continues to increase, managers will need to learn a new set of management tools. They need entrepreneurial management—the principles used in effective start-ups—rather than traditional management (see graphic: When to Use Entrepreneurial vs. Traditional Management). Continue reading How Being a Good Manager Can Make You a Bad Innovator – via Forbes

How the Internet of Things is affecting urban design – via Mashable

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An overwhelming range of possibilities

The impacts of the Internet of Things on our cities don’t begin and end with urban buildings — everything from the morning commute to public parks are incorporating Internet of Things technologies. Continue reading How the Internet of Things is affecting urban design – via Mashable

Are you ready for 3-D printing? – via McKinsey & Co

There have been false dawns before, but this technology is poised to deliver cost benefits and to advance innovation in manufacturing.are you ready for 3d printing

The coming years will bring new opportunities and challenges. Companies with savvy executives who raise awareness, fill talent gaps, and build the necessary organizational capabilities will be well positioned to benefit from this breakthrough technology.

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Get Your Passion Project Moving Without Quitting Your Day Job – via HBR

Great & inspiring reading for all Entrepreneurs!!

What the Experts Say: Knowing where your professional passions lie puts “you in a good position”

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An idea is certainly a promising start, but executing it while holding down a busy fulltime job is undoubtedly a challenge. “You’ve nailed the one percent inspiration, now it’s time for the 99% perspiration,”

“If you are committed to making it happen, there are ways,” says Clark. So, whether you want to start a company that could become The Next Big Thing or you have a hobby that you’d like to spend more time on, here are some ideas to get your idea up and running….

 

Be brave
 “Following your passion might seem daunting, but if you’ve planned your transition well, you’re not taking a heedless risk.” Instead, you’re making an “investment in your happiness and in your future.”

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This Drone Can Save Lives And Fly Indoors Without Crashing Constantly – via Techcrunch

The cage is held in place by a multi-axis gimbal system (thus the “GimBall” name), allowing the cage to rotate and roll indepedently of the propeller/camera rig at its core.

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Surrounding the GimBall’s drone core is a spherical cage which serves three purposes: letting it roll along the wall or ceiling, keeping the device’s propellers away from your skin, and absorbing shock to keep the device in the air.

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This is a must watch Video! The Future of the Internet and Digital Economy – Davos

The Future of Internet and the impact of the ongoing digital revolution on the Economic Global growth.

Inspiring panel at the World Economic Forumn in Davos with Chiefs of Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Vodafone who are leading the revolution talking about how people’s life is changing driven by “data” push!

Here the link to the video

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Google’s Project Ara pilot will be launched in Puerto Rico later this year

Another great innovation which will revolutionize the traditional concept of the “Mobile Phone”.

Before 2007 the Mobile phone was static: its features embedded by manufacturers and few software capabilities upgraded  on yearly basis!

Then the revolution of the Apps world made services provided by smartphone fully dynamic and fitting at any time any user needs with just a click : “There is even an app for that”!, so they say.

Now, the only part of the Smartphone which was supposed to stay the same for entire smartphone’s lifetime, the hardware, is going to be replaceable, configurable at any time … soon we may say “There even a module for that!”

Google’s Project Ara phone looks like it could be REALLY customizable.

More here: http://tnw.me/Q9lM4AZ

HP and Intel Join Forces for Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing – via 3D Printing Industry

“HP Multi Jet Fusion is uniquely designed to resolve fundamental limitations in today’s 3D printing technologies with the potential to revolutionize manufacturing. In order for 3D printing to reach its full potential, we not only need the most powerful processors, but a technology partner with a shared vision for the industry.

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There is little doubt that Sprout is awesome. And, as a reality enthusiast, HP’s Blended Reality, brought about by Multi Jet Fusion, is something to be excited and terrified about.  Powered by Intel, all of the above, will prove that the 3D printing industry of 2015 will be a whole new ball game.

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Manufacturing Reboots Talent Engine In A New Age Of Digital Disruption – via Techcrunch

Whether a company makes clothing, household cleaning products, cars, healthcare or nearly anything else, it needs people with the right skills. Like other businesses, today’s manufacturers are going digital; operating in an era of change and volatility that has made flexibility critical to their success.

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[…] Companies need to place a greater emphasis on defining what skills their organization needs. These requirements can include any combination of technical expertise, professional certifications, previous work experience and so-called “soft skills,” including communications and leadership skills.

However, it is important for companies to remain realistic throughout this process and consider that it may not be possible for one candidate to possess all of the skills they are seeking. In that case, it may be more important to identify reliable, hardworking, inquisitive people who demonstrate a work ethic, willingness to learn and the flexibility to adapt in a changing work environment.

Once companies have a firm sense of the skills they desire, there are two main ways to go about cultivating talent: Tap the power of an organization’s existing workforce and build those skills from within, or develop new talent externally with a trusted network of partners.

Of course, developing skills, whether internally or externally, requires a company to make a significant investment. The skills gap took years to emerge and it will not be fixed overnight.

Addressing the situation is important. Disrupters play the stronger offensive game in today’s volatile business environment. Talent can play an important role in helping companies execute that offensive strategy. But only with the right skills for a new business reality on the offensive team can a company swiftly respond to changes as they arise in today’s global business world.

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