My day job for the past 30 years has been helping people with their sensor data. In my time off I tinker with and build PCs, try my hand at some home improvement projects and stay on top of new technology developments through the consumption of copious amounts of online tech news website articles and YouTube videos. What I have learned—and keep being reminded of time and time again—is that there are plenty of things that I don’t know. And, that sometimes I’m not even aware of things that I don’t know. Let me explain.
National Instruments will be hosting their annual customer conference and partner showcase, NIWeek 2019, this year from May 20-23 at the Austin Convention Center. NIWeek draws engineers from across the transportation, aerospace, medical device industries and many others. There are also a fair number of members of the academic community rounding out the crowd. It is a hub of activity for Viviota customers and partners and a busy time for our team. We were delighted to find out in January that Viviota will be presenting two of the conference technical sessions:
"What we've got here is a failure to communicate." In the 1967 Paul Newman movie classic Cool Hand Luke, that memorable line is uttered by the character "Captain" (head of the chain gang) to justify beating Cool Hand Luke, played by Newman. Captain of Road Prison 36 has just told Luke that he is wearing chains for his good—to which the prisoner cleverly responds, "Wish you'd stop bein' so good to me, Cap'n."
The emergence of smarter cars means automotive companies are looking for smarter ways to work. And they know getting there requires new efficiencies in their existing design and development processes.
This year at NIWeek in Austin, Texas, I had the privilege of presenting on five killer mistakes companies make when embarking on “big data” and Industrial Internet of Things projects. In it, I also talked about how the world is turning to NI technology to allow sensors and instrumentation to better measure and analyze machine data. It turns out, sensor data does not always work well with traditional IT software, and there is a distinct lack of software tools in this area.
I was struck by a headline in Dataconomy: “German Companies Are Behind on the Trend of using Data to Solve Business Challenges.” Headlines are a hook, but is there truth behind this statement? Well, no, I don’t think so.
I have been around a long time and I remember many years ago, when I was at IBM, the big buzz word was "Open Systems". This really was code for buy anything that is not made by IBM. In fairness it was the beginning of the rise of Enterprise Unix and the push for standards so customers would not be locked into a single vendor. There was a cynical saying one of my customers use to say that made me laugh. "Anyone with an open mouth has an open system".