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John BoladianBusiness Group Lead, Asia Pacific, Greater China and Japan
John Boladian is the business group lead for Windows Embedded in Asia Pacific, Greater China and Japan. He is responsible for regional partner engagement and communications representing all Windows Embedded platforms. Before joining Microsoft Corp., Boladian was the co-founder and engineering director of Innotide, a technology consultancy based in Taiwan that developed products including networked attached storage, VoIP gateways and IP phones. At Innotide, he was responsible for applications and partner development, and was involved in fostering partnerships with design houses and manufacturers in Taiwan and China. Before setting up Innotide, he spent eight years at Intel Corporation, where he held various positions in the Asia Pacific Regional Product Management organization.
Boladian holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.
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It’s often the small, everyday experiences that really illustrate how important intelligent systems are becoming to customer service. In Japan, those systems are already revolutionizing the grocery-store experience, as my colleague Guillaume Estegassy, the new Windows Embedded BG lead for Japan, explains.
After many years spent on the Windows Embedded team in Redmond, I am thrilled to now look after the Japanese market. And what a great time to get on board, as we are preparing for Retail Tech Japan (RTJ) held March 5-7; the biggest retail show in Japan and one the biggest in the world. How big is it? About 670 booths in an approximately 161,000 square-foot venue, Tokyo Big Site, where about 150,000 visitors are expected.
It is fascinating to witness the evolution of retail over the years, and how intelligent systems are becoming a reality—a reality that all of us, as consumers, are either starting to experience now or will experience in the very near future. Picture yourself two years ago, shopping in your favorite supermarket. A few posters advertise the weekly or monthly promotions (maybe some delicious Yubari watermelon from Hokkaido!). But unfortunately, there are no more watermelons left in the store, and you can only stare at the mouthwatering image on the wall. Today, thanks to the systems diversity and built-in intelligence, a supermarket will run digital signage that is directly connected to their cash registers and back-end servers. Not only will the signs react to the availability of the product, they will also adapt to make sure the timing of sales is optimum, and that customers have a great, seamless experience. For retail, we are talking about a multitude of connected devices, from a small mobile- payment terminal to a giant digital signage screen, in all sorts of forms and shapes. And with the Windows 8 experience, the possibilities and scenario are almost limitless. It’s all about attracting customers by understanding what they want, and guiding them through an enjoyable buying experience. Can you imagine a digital sign that analyzes your fact to learn your age and whether you are a male or female, and then adjusts its display to offer you products targeted to you? This is not a thing of the future— it exists today in Tokyo!
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The rapid proliferation of intelligent systems in Asia-Pacific countries means that a person comes in contact with multiple embedded devices on any given day—often without even knowing it. My colleague SeongJin Kang, Windows Embedded Business Lead in Korea, shares his thoughts on this subject after a recent family outing to a local mall.
In the era of big data, we have easy access to--and are constantly flooded with--information that we are always filtering for accuracy.
The current IT technology and connectivity are growing exponentially; the speed of IT evolution seems to be beyond the speed of light. The television in the living room shows movies in 3D—a possibility that we could only imagine just a few years ago.
Taiwan is a highly competitive market for Windows Embedded OEMs/ODMs, and growing more so each year. My colleague Alan Lee, Windows Embedded Business Lead for Taiwan, shares his thoughts on the increasing momentum there of intelligent systems.
In the recent years, Taiwan has become a world-class computer design and manufacturing country. A majority of the players are small- and medium-sized companies who started their business as PC original design manufacturers (ODMs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and later utilized their skills and expertise in embedded computing to make a mark in different industries that include POS, KIOSK, industrial PC and military.
Microsoft Windows Embedded recently unveiled a series of products during its Road Map announcement and it has the industry excited, as many of our customers and partners are anticipating new and exciting ways to enhance technology with intelligent systems.
The intelligent systems market in Asia, including Taiwan, is experiencing explosive growth. In Taiwan, we have more than 20 OEM/ODMs that are currently evaluating the community technology preview (CTP) for Windows Embedded Standard 8, and over 120 projects have been completed and are being tested for Windows Embedded 8. Device categories include PPC, IPC, POS, industrial table, medicaland many more.
Trade shows in Japan are often the highlight of the year for me. They’re run with the same precision as the rail networks; getting 40,000 people in and out of Yokohama’s Conference Center over 3 days requires great coordination.
This year highlighted to me just how far we have come with natural user interfaces. Natural user interfaces are critical to intelligent systems, being the interaction point. There is some real innovation happening here, and Microsoft’s partners are leading the way.
· Last year was the first time we saw Kinect- based demonstrations; this year it was everywhere, built into scenarios to engage shoppers when browsing in a store to even a healthcare-based application which looked at your height, weight and body shape todetermine your health. Connected to a database of height/weight statistics, it was quite popular. A Microsoft partner had even initiated a competition with local universities to see which school could come up with the most innovative Kinect demonstrations.
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Hi I’m John Boladian, this is my first entry here on the Windows Embedded Blog, so it’s probably worth introducing myself. I’ve lived in Asia for 14 years now, 7 with Microsoft and 5 in Taipei, arguably one of the technology capitals of the world. Each year industry leaders from around the world come to Taipei to discuss new products and look at ways of growing their business. Computex has rapidly become the largest ICT show in the world, with embedded technologies taking more mindshare year upon year.
Computex 2012 has come to a close, and there were quite a few highlights from this year worth spending some time looking through a little more closely.
This is the first time a car manufacturer has used Computex as a way to introduce a new car – one that uses its technology as a competitive advantage. Ford Motor Company introduced its first ever car with Sync for Taiwan, powered by Microsoft technology. With in-car upgradeable software, never again will you buy a car that starts its techno-redundancy the minute it leaves the showroom floor. Instead, a short trip to the dealer or even an owner-upgradeable solution enables the car to stay up to date with new technologies and devices, such as Bluetooth standards and profiles or new handsets. Ford is positioning themselves as a technology company and partnering with Microsoft gives them a chance to do this.
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