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The Four Factors that Influence Successful Business Improvement

The Four Factors that Influence Successful Business Improvement | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

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Not just good advice for SME's but OEM's as well

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Improving the performance of any small business is not as simple as many would have you believe, and all business owners need to understand the complexities involved, if they want to achieve a succesful outcome to any business improvement initiatives.


Just focussing on a single element of any improvement process at a time, is a common mistake that many small business owners make, and one which will ensure that the required level of improvement is not achieved.


This excellent article suggests that business improvement is all about protecting and growing a business, and it introduces four fundamental factors that influence successful business improvement outcomes, and then discusses how each of these interrelate.

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The Corporate Innovator - Samsung

How Samsung does innovation systematically and systemically, repeatably and reliably.
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How Samsung does innovation systematically, systemically, repeatably and reliably

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Samsung, Intel and Dell partner in connected home framework |

Samsung, Intel and Dell partner in connected home framework | | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Samsung is partnering with Intel and Dell to create a standardised model for the connected home, as Apple and Google continue alone
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The battle of the home networks.  Four camps - (1) Apple and (2) Google each on their own, (3) Qualcomm, LG and MSFT in the AllSeen Alliance and (4) Samsung, Intel and Dell in the Open Interconnect Consortium.  We noted previously that gateways are the biggest obstacle to adoption (integration, security and accessibility) by the market.  OEM's need to pull out from these individual camps and agree on a common set of standards, just like they did for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc....otherwise they only hurt themselves and their own product lines.  

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Qualcomm Not Ceding "Internet of Things" to Intel or Anyone Else

Qualcomm Not Ceding "Internet of Things" to Intel or Anyone Else | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things will look a lot like the smartphone market, says CEO Steve Mollenkopf.
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While Intel, Microsoft and BlackBerry are all aiming to seize on the “Internet of Things” after largely missing out on mobile, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf   “I think a lot of it will borrow the smartphone technology almost directly,” further elaborating "the things that made Qualcomm strong in phones — top-notch modem technology, power management and experience with all the major operating systems — will serve it well.

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Microsoft and Canon Agree to License Patents

Microsoft and Canon Agree to License Patents | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Picture this. The companies enter into a cross-licensing agreement to boost one another's R&D efforts.
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"Microsoft believes cooperative licensing is an effective way to accelerate innovation while reducing patent disputes,"  Since Microsoft kicked off its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has sealed 1,100 such deals. 

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IBM supercomputer whips up new recipes for the kitchen

IBM supercomputer whips up new recipes for the kitchen | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON DC, July 2 — Putting a chef’s hat on its Watson supercomputer, IBM and the magazine Bon Appetit unveiled a new initiative yesterday that seeks to use Big Data for gastronomy.

A new app unveiled in test version called “Chef Watson with
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“Chef Watson with Bon Appetit” aims at helping cooks “draw on Watson’s advanced cognitive capabilities to create entirely new recipes and gastronomic combinations that have previously never been conceived, These systems can understand vast amounts of data, compounds, and formulas as well as learn from interactions with people and information, in a far more intuitive way,”  Nice dessert recipes already too "Watson offered up a berry cobbler with lemon zest, sour cream, buttermilk and the unusual addition of marjoram, which according to the magazine was among the favourites of testers."


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Introduction to TLS by Mark Woeppel - 51 mins. | Pinnacle Strategies

What's in the TLS - Theory of Constraints Lean Six Sigma approach to process improvement and how it creates results. Learn: 1. Improve the effectiveness of ...


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A 1 hour seminar on TLS - good explanation

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TLS = Open TOC + Good Lean + Good Six Sigma - 12 min video by Philip Marris

A summary of a presentation at the TOCICO annual congress in Frankfurt in June 2013. It argues that TLS enables companies to improve faster and reach even higher levels of performance than by using just one of the elements.

 

Each component is redefined:

Good Lean = Toyota = Growth (no downsizing) + Mindset + NPD

Bad Lean = A process of continuous downsizing.

Open TOC = TOC is powerful, it is necessary but not sufficient.

Closed TOC = TOC is the best, TOC is the only way.

Good Six Sigma = Data + VOC + Focused DOE projects.

Bad Six Sigma = A lot of belts, a lot of projects, few results.

 

Conclusion: Good TLS = Open TOC + Good Lean + Good Six Sigma.


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Excellent if you're involved with your company's continuous improvement effort/

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Android TV gives Intel a new shot at the market after previous failures

Android TV gives Intel a new shot at the market after previous failures | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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Android TV gives Intel a new shot at the market after previous failures
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Intel is chasing the lucrative TV market once again by aligning with Google on Android TV despite multiple failed attempts in the past few years.
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Intel is if anything persistent after selling OnCue to Verizon in January.  It is likely that Intel will supply chips for TVs, set-top boxes and devices like Chromecast. The goal is to put as many Intel chips as possible in more consumer electronics, which is a hot market right now.

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Google brings out the big guns -- unlimited storage for $10 per month and Office editing

Google brings out the big guns -- unlimited storage for $10 per month and Office editing | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

MAt I/O 2014 Google announced that more cloud storage will be made available to space hungry users. Google Drive for Work has a price tag of $10 per month and includes not just more cloud storage, but unlimited cloud storage. Well, there is one limitation; individual files cannot exceed 5TB, but this is, for all intents and purposes, a deal that is unlimited by most people's understanding of the word. As the name suggests, this is a product that is aimed at businesses, but at this price it is hard to imagine that there won’t be swathes of home users looking to take advantage of the package.

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A Major Enterprise move by Google, this slams multiple players in the online storage space - no one offers unlimited storage for $10/month  Worries about security may be allayed by the news that Drive, Gmail and Calendar data will be encrypted at data centers. IT admins will also be able to audit and control options, that means internal security policies can be implemented as required. - this is a big move by Google to pull people away from MSFT  In a direct attack on Office Online, Google is giving users the ability to edit Word and other Office documents online free of charge. New files can be saved in Word format, addressing one of the biggest limitations of Google Docs

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Apple, Google, Samsung to take on diabetes with wearables | CNET

Apple, Google, Samsung to take on diabetes with wearables | CNET | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The companies are seeking ways to integrate health sensors and apps into their wearable devices, including those to measure glucose levels in a non-invasive way.
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Finally - OEM's starting to solve real problems (and developing an actual use case of value) leveraging wearables - good news if diabetes is in your family

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The Best Teams Hold Themselves Accountable

The Best Teams Hold Themselves Accountable | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
It’s the boss’s job to make sure they can.
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Breaking teams into 3 categories:

  1. In the weakest teams, there is no accountability
  2. In mediocre teams, bosses are the source of accountability
  3. In high performance teams, peers manage the vast majority of performance problems with one another 
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How To Measure Innovation (To Get Real Results)

How To Measure Innovation (To Get Real Results) | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Metrics are a combination of art and science. The trick is to inspire action around the goals you set.
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Fast Company's version of a rehash of metrics for growth that you can find in the literature on the subject of innovation metrics - some good points - but not a strategy that is anything other than "me too"

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Nest Pony's Up $555 Million For The Acquisition Of Dropcam

Nest Pony's Up $555 Million For The Acquisition Of Dropcam | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
  While Nest themselves are the company purchasing the WiFi Camera company Dropcam, essentially Google owns Nest so you could look at it as Google buy

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Google's Nest just bought more functionality for the Wired/Wireless Home

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IBM to Spend $3 Billion to Research the Future of Chips, Systems

IBM to Spend $3 Billion to Research the Future of Chips, Systems | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The industry can continue to shrink conventional silicon chips to 7nm over the next several years, IBM says, but what comes after that is unclear.
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What IBM is doing now is something the company has done throughout its history—used its researchers to anticipate major changes in the industry and create solutions to address challenges that may be five or 10 years down the road,  The challenges are many. Cloud and big data applications are putting pressure on systems for better performance, greater bandwidth capacity and more memory, while businesses also are demanding computers that consume less power. As chip dimensions shrink  to 7nm the challenges and complexities become daunting. That's where the new technologies and materials like carbon nanotubes, graphene and silicon photonics, as well as new computing models like quantum and neuromorphic computing come into play.

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Samsung hits smartphone growth plateau -

Samsung hits smartphone growth plateau - | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
With investors clamouring for higher returns from its $60bn gross cash pile, Samsung Electronics has clung resolutely to the defence that it remains a growth company. That argument was dented on Tuesday as the world’s biggest technology company by
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Excellent article by the Financial Times - Samsung’s third consecutive decline in quarterly operating profit, firmly closing the door on a 2-year period of consistently earnings - Their vertical integration – a key factor behind the success of its smartphone business, which has relied on components sourced internally – helped to exacerbate the impact of the downturn in smartphone sales, with the smartphone processor and display panel businesses both hurt.  Competitors in China like Lenovo and Xiaomi seek to provide customers with "high end, but low cost" have taken MSS from Samsung.

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4 Myths About Apple Design, From An Ex-Apple Designer

4 Myths About Apple Design, From An Ex-Apple Designer | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
What's life really like designing for Apple? An alum shares what he learned during his seven years in Cupertino.
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"It's actually the engineering culture, and the way the organization is structured to appreciate and support design. Everybody there is thinking about UX and design, not just the designers. And that's what makes everything about the product so much better . . . much more than any individual designer or design team."

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Microsoft Joins Qualcomm Collective for 'Internet of Things' Standard

Microsoft Joins Qualcomm Collective for 'Internet of Things' Standard | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The AllSeen Alliance initiative, which is seeking to develop an industry standard for connected devices, now comprises more than 50 companies.
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"All these things need a standard. Nobody wants to buy a TV and have to make sure their speakers are compliant, But we're in an experimentation phase with the Internet of Things. It's early days and nobody knows what it's eventually going to look like." - Protocol's / gateways are a big gap in IoT architecture that stands in the way of wider adoption of many technologies 

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Songza confirms it's been acquired by Google

Songza confirms it's been acquired by Google | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Songza has confirmed that Google has acquired the streaming-music startup, according to an emailed statement to VentureBeat. Songza creates music mixes based on a variety of themes and factors, suc...
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Songza’s technology could be useful to Google, which has both its Google Play All Access music service and the forthcoming YouTube music service.

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TLS presentation APICS 2006 by Russ Pirasteh - 44 slides (recommended)


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The presentation to APICS on using Continuous Improvement combined together TLS - Theory of Constraints - Lean - Six Sigma

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Philip Marris's curator insight, June 20, 5:27 PM

This is an important presentation in the history of the development of TLS. It is the first quantified analysis of the financial impact of TLS compared to using just one of the approaches. It is based on the results obtained by Sanmina in 105 continuous improvement projects in their 20 plants.

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TLS - optymalizacja biznesu

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How to Double Your Bottom Line with TLS - (TOC- Lean-Six Sigma)

How to Double Your Bottom Line with TLS - (TOC- Lean-Six Sigma) | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

Many organizations struggle with their continuous improvement (CI) efforts; achieving real bottom line results, whether in cost savings or increased revenues, has proven to be difficult.  In spite of the widespread implementation of Lean and Six Sigma principles, poor results persist. With pressure mounting to deliver results, many wonder what’s wrong — and why existing efforts aren’t measuring up. This paper shows the root causes of poor CI program performance and a systematic framework to create ongoing bottom line results.


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Must Read if You're in Manufacturing: First saw the Sanmina report on the benefit gained by using this approach.  It stands to reason that by combining all three of these methods together provides the greatest gains since they all use System's Analysis as a starting point but use different means to take out waste and variability, thereby increasing profitability  

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GoPro's I.P.O. Prices at Top of Range, Leading a Wave of Newly Public Companies

GoPro's I.P.O. Prices at Top of Range, Leading a Wave of Newly Public Companies | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
GoPro is only one of nearly 20 companies looking to make their market debuts this week, a pace unseen since the height of the dot-com boom in 2000.
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GoPro is certainly profitable — and growing. Sales nearly doubled last year, to $985.7 million, while net income almost doubled, to $60.6 million. - My only question is why couldn't Kodak and dozens of other camera makers have done this too?  - We think it's because they were so wedded to their own incumbent technology they forget that the market evolves - it tuns out that companies that don't seriously investigate new technologies to expand their offering's do so at their own peril - MIT Professor Utterback pointed this out 1994 in his book  "Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation" - Live and learn I guess

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Google's Nest Labs Opens Its APIs to Innovations From Other Firms

Google's Nest Labs Opens Its APIs to Innovations From Other Firms | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The move comes just a day after Nest acquired home video monitoring vendor Dropcam for $555 million.
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Outstanding move by Google/Nest to open API's to others, it's an attempt to get others to use their API's as the gateway into home networking - at least other OEM's in this market should see this as such - they might get an idea to do the same, which we think they should

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Attack of the 64-bit Octa-core: A Roundup of Newly Announced Mobile Processors | Linux.com

Attack of the 64-bit Octa-core: A Roundup of Newly Announced Mobile Processors | Linux.com | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The big news was the invasion of 64-bit ARMv8 and x86 SoCs, including Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 and Intel's Atom Z34xx.
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8 Core microprocessors have been accused of being lower performing which to my thinking is that is now, and not where they will stay. - it is also the low end of functionality and attempting to move up market in performance classic disruptive tech.  


These little microprocessors are destined to be the powerhouses of the future in computing, and given the amount of competition it will go to the lowest cost provider with the lowest power consumption and the highest performance - this is big game hunting and multiple players

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What jobs in the factory of the future? Part1

What jobs in the factory of the future? Part1 | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
German industry backed up by federal government are the promoters and leaders of the fourth industrial revolution, named Industry 4.0. The goal is clearly stated: prepare a sustainable future for d...
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Thoughtful - Some insights on what the factory of the future will entail 

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How Underdogs Can Win

How Underdogs Can Win | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925
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A lengthy but worthwhile read from Malcom Gladwell - Bottom Line: Don't play by the other guys' rules and you can win 63.5% of the time, this is based on you and your firm's capability not necessarily the effort, and only in specific areas of your opponent's blind spots

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Yes, long story, but really interesting. Change the way the game is played, or the business is done, and you increase your chances of winning.