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  • Blog Post: Siemens and Microsoft team up on in-vehicle computing

    Technorati Tags: Cars , Automotive , In-vehicle software , manufacturing , Car OS Interesting story came out today here . It's interesting for a few reasons: Siemens VDO (the automotive unit) will build solutions for Auto OEMs on Microsoft's consumer focused, in-vehicle computing platform.  This...
  • Blog Post: Acropolis Lives!

    Acropolis is CTP! The WindowsClient.net site says: Acropolis builds on the rich capabilities of Microsoft Windows and the .NET Framework, including Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), by providing tools and pre-built components that help developers quickly assemble applications from loosely...
  • Blog Post: Identity -- It's not just for people! (Part 2)

    Thanks to both Kevin Hammond, Cardspace guru of Casa de Hambone fame, as well as Delbert Murphey, former Architect Evangelist, former managing/chief architect at General Motors, and now Biztalk wunderkind, for their critical insights on this topic! This post follows up an earlier post on the possible...
  • Blog Post: Identity -- It's not just for people! (Part 1)

    Yesterday I sent an email along these lines to a few friends: Automotive part counterfeiting costs about $12B/year – just for Tier 1 suppliers . Part counterfeiting costs Ford alone $1B. Beyond automotive, according to the National Association of Manufacturing, trade of counterfeit parts is about...
  • Blog Post: Toyota's Car OS vs. Ford's Sync (Microsoft Windows Automotive)

    Ok -- let me come clean right up front: the headline here is slightly misleading because Toyota's Car OS and Ford's Sync are not really directly comparable. For one thing, Toyota's Car OS does not appear to exist yet -- though it reportedly is under development. They also have a somewhat different (but...
  • Blog Post: Why bother with lean? Because it Rocks!!

    My last post left off with the following set of questions: Why bother with lean? Really, why would we want to imitate an old and slow industry like manufacturing? Especially given it's long and steady decline in the United States. With the acceleating pace of change in the world, we need new ideas...
  • Blog Post: Lean Everywhere

    Lean manufacturing has been around for a long time. Many of the principles of lean were identified in Henry Ford's work before the US Great Depression of the 1930s, and significantly extrended by Kiichiro Toyoda and Taiichi Ohno during the middle of the last century. Today, Toyota is regarded as the...
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