Understanding how to generate value – within time and budget
As a project manager, system architect and crisis manager in the high-tech industry, Luud Engels has a reputation for not mincing words. In addition to his consultancy work, he recently started as a system architecture trainer at High Tech Institute. “Clear communication is key in complex development environments.”
Six reasons why your digital transformation is failing
The common theme over the last weeks, as I started to talk to more and more folks in companies, is the difficulty of realizing digital transformations. Granted, I work with many who are expected or having taken it on themselves to drive the digital transformation of their organization, but I believe the challenge is widespread.
Dutch collaborators bring high-performance motion systems to a whole new stage
In the world of high-performance machine development, the Netherlands is planted firmly on the cutting edge – particularly in the field of chip-making equipment, used in the semiconductor and electronics domain. To stay ahead of the ever-evolving demands and consumer expectations, key players in Dutch high tech are teaming up as part of the Imsys-3D public-private partnership to create next-generation high-performance motion systems.
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Has Intel lost its mojo?
Having failed to impress in new markets and being circled by the competition on its home turf, Intel now also has forfeited technological leadership definitively. Is the king of the semiconductor hill about to lose its crown?
Innovation and character light the path to IMS success
In today’s high-tech environment, companies of all sizes are looking to stay at the cutting edge of innovation. According to team leaders Martin Langkamp and Martijn Bouwhuis of Almelo-based IMS, the equation is easy. It comes down to a few key factors: keeping the employees interested, keeping the workplace light and focusing on personal development through training.
Comma interfaces open the door to reliable high-tech systems
Once a research project initiated by ESI (TNO) and Philips, the Comma framework is developing into a mature product for creating and managing software interfaces. Now, Thales is also looking to use it to streamline its software engineering, as are Thermo Fisher Scientific and Kulicke & Soffa. “Comma is the place where you express everything you want and from there, you generate everything you need, like documentation, monitoring, simulation, visualization and, as of recently, test cases.”
“High up in an organization, you’re busy with keeping management at ease”
Ben Pronk gained fame as a system architect at several Philips divisions. A year ago, he decided to round off his career by joining a startup in robotic surgery. In the run-up to his keynote at the Bits&Chips System Architecting Conference, we ask him about his 30 years of experience as a system architect.
Cracking the code to craftsmanship
With the growing reliance on software in an increasingly high-tech world, it’s more important than ever to master the art of software engineering. Trainers Robert Deckers and Bart Vanderbeke have taken it upon themselves to turn developers into craftsmen.
When chess world champion Magnus Carlsen was asked what he had learned during his training sessions with former world champion Kasparov, the answer was simple: rapidly analyzing a complex chess position. And indeed, Carlsen is one of the fastest to find the crucial move in an unknown position. An important aspect of chess analysis is to recognize structures: specific arrangements of pawns and pieces that create a solid defense or allow specific attacking tactics. Experienced players cherish such structures, as they’re integral to their game.
Don’t be a sheep
During a meeting this week, I had to think of a famous quote by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” The two senior leaders to whom I was talking complained about their R&D organization doing everything right on paper from an Agile, data-driven perspective, but still ending up with building humongous, inflated features that were released after many months of development.