Author Archive for Harry Forbes

Solving the Industrial IoT Embedded System Problem

What strikes me personally right now in researching the industrial IoT is a need I see cutting across many segments – that need is for breakthroughs in the deployment and support for embedded systems at scale. Notice that I said deployment and support, not development. One difficulty here is that different parts of the Industrial […]

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Managing Industrial IoT Edge Devices

If you ask end users about factors that impede the Industrial IoT the #1 factor is usually cybersecurity and the second is manageability. Drill down on what they mean by “manageability” and this expands to “remote device management” or “remote system management”. And without saying so they also mean “management at scale”. This is not […]

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Why Did Schneider Electric Acquire nxtControl?

Last month industry giant Schneider Electric agreed to acquire the venture firm nxtControl. Based in Leobersdorf, Austria, nxtControl develops control software design/deployment products that use the IEC 61499 and IEC 61131 standards. nxtControl had just celebrated its 10th birthday as a company, being founded in 2007 by refugees from the acquisition of an earlier startup […]

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Japan and the Industrial IoT

Seventy years ago, in 1947 my favorite poet wrote a satirical and hilarious warning to Americans who fashioned themselves as instant experts on Asian cultures. Regardless of his warning, I will persist. Today I have just returned to ARC’s office in Boston from 3 weeks of working in Japan, and visiting Japanese clients and events. […]

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Two Charts and Moore’s Law

An article last week in the Financial Times alarmed me (Seven charts that show how the developed world is losing its edge – it’s behind a paywall). The article was by Martin Wolf, the FT chief economics commentator, who is a widely-respected economist and (in my view) a “must-read” columnist. Here is what Wolf wrote […]

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