Siemens Automation Summit: Big data is a big goal

Siemens Automation Summit: Big data is a big goal

I’m in hot hot hot Las Vegas for the 20th annual Siemens Automation Summit and hear it’s the best yet. The typical “we’re all getting older” grumbling is mixed with quite a bit of “I used to know everyone, but I don’t...
Siemens PLM CONX ties together users, systems and products

Siemens PLM CONX ties together users, systems and products

I’ve been on a quest to find out where designs come from and one thing is clear: nothing is ever created in a vacuum. A good industrial designer will look at what else the prospective buyer might have on his desk, so that the new ergonomic mouse fits into the...
LiveWorx connects physical & digital; magic happens

LiveWorx connects physical & digital; magic happens

PTC’s LiveWorx event last week showcased all things Internet of Things (IoT): technology, business processes, benefits/drawbacks, change/resistance, new opportunities and old challenges. There’s a lot to process but these are my key takeaways from 2ish...
PTC’s FQ2 was an up/down mix with lots of potential

PTC’s FQ2 was an up/down mix with lots of potential

Remember how PTC shocked everyone at the beginning of the month when they announced that the first calendar quarter/second fiscal quarter of 2015 was OK, but they were rejigging the business to better meet new goals? Yes? Well, last night PTC gave much more detail...
PTC Live: CAD, PLM, Services, IoT – lots of IoT

PTC Live: CAD, PLM, Services, IoT – lots of IoT

PTC had a tough balancing act last week at its Live Global event: act like a CAD and PLM company for the majority of the attendees, help a smaller but vibrant community of manufacturers develop their services delivery capabilities while also pulling us towards the...
PTC’s FQ2 was an up/down mix with lots of potential

PTC’s Q1 call blends caution, excitement

PTC kicked off earnings in style last night, providing more details on the barebones announcement made in December with the acquisition of ThingWorx. The Internet of Things (IoT) was a big topic on the investor call as PTC continues to educate its investors about the...
Google buys Nest for a cool $3.2 billion

Google buys Nest for a cool $3.2 billion

I’ve been nattering on about the Internet of Things (IoT) lately, in part because PTC snapped up ThingWorx last month. But I’m far from alone in finding the IoT interesting: yesterday, Google announced that it was acquiring Nest Labs, the people who...
Your dishwasher talks to the IoT; now what?

Your dishwasher talks to the IoT; now what?

PTC last month announced that it was acquiring ThingWorx, a company that develops and markets platforms to connect things to the Internet, an important step that enables makers of cars, dishwasher, industrial equipment and so on to monitor usage and better serve their...