Thursday, March 31, 2016

Adoption of 3D Printing in the World

The 3D printing plastic market is forecast based on two scenarios as its growth is primarily based on the adoption of 3D printing technology by end-use industries. Scenario one represents comparatively normal growth whereas scenario two projects exponential growth. Scenario one predicts a comparatively normal growth of USD 692.2 Million by 2020, at a CAGR of 25.7% from 2015 to 2020, whereas scenario two predicts market to reach USD 822.7 Million by 2020, at a CAGR of 34.6% from 2017 to 2020.

The report "3D Printing Automotive Market Applications by Technology (SLA, SLS, EBM, FDM, EBM, LOM, 3DIP), Material (Metals, Polymers), Application (Prototyping & Tooling, R&D, Manufacturing), and by Region - Global Trends and Forecast to 2020" is published by MarketsandMarkets. The 3D Printing Automotive Market is estimated to be USD 482.27 Million in 2015, and is projected to reach USD 1.56 Billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 26.58%.

Full Color Comes to Consumer 3D Printing With the Mcor ARKe

3D printing of medical devices reaches peak hype: Gartner
Aug 2015

Friday, March 25, 2016

Adoption of IoT - Global Trends

March 2016

21 Mar 2016
How the Internet of Things is transforming digital marketing
MARCH 21, 2016
by Ryan Begley
Product Manager IoT Division - Connected Products, IBM
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Potential of IoT
IBMBigDataHub Article
14 March 2016

11 Mar 2016

General Motor acquiring driverless car company Cruise spending around $1 billion.

10 IoT Technologies Every CIO Needs To Understand

By Nick Jones
Gartner, Inc.
11 March 2016

Manufacturing to invest $80 Billion in IoT in 2020
There are 18 business sectors under analysis.  $1 trillion is the estimated total spend in 2020.

Quick History of the Internet of Things..
by Bill McCabe
Published on 03-09-2016

Gartner Survey Shows That 29% are using  currently and 14% plan to use IOT in 2016 

Thus 43 Percent of Organizations will Implement the Internet of Things by end of  2016

Current IoT Adoption Varies Widely By Industry

The Internet of Things (IoT) will move toward mainstream adoption in 2016 for many industries, according to the findings of a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. The online survey was conducted in November 2015. It has responses from 465 IT and business professionals spanning 18 business sectors in North America, EMEA, Asia/Pacific and Latin America.

29 percent of responding organizations are currently using IoT. An additional 14 percent are planning to implement IoT in the coming 12 months.  A further additional 21 percent planning to implement after 2016.  In aggregate, the majority of organizations (64 percent) plan to eventually implement IoT. However, it is also important to note that another 36 percent have no plans to implement IoT, including 9 percent that see no relevance whatsoever in the technologies.

Hurdles:  The first set of hurdles are business-related. Many organizations have yet to establish a clear picture of what benefits the IoT can deliver, or have not yet invested the time to develop ideas for how to apply IoT to their business. The second set of hurdles are the organizational skills to understand and assess IoT.  Many of the survey participants have insufficient expertise and staffing for IoT.

Industry adoption also varies widely with heavy industries such as utilities, oil and gas, and manufacturing leading adoption, and service-oriented light or "weightless" industries lagging. Gartner estimates that slightly more than half (56 percent) of businesses in asset-intensive "heavy" industries will have implemented IoT by the end of 2016, and approximately one-third (36 percent) of "light" or "weightless" will do so.

 For those organizations that have already implemented IoT, the focus has been on internal operational improvements over external customer-facing objectives. To date, the primary business case for IoT is internally focused, namely improved efficiencies, cost savings and enhanced asset utilization (52 percent of total) versus the externally facing IoT benefits of enhancing customer experience or increasing revenue (40 percent).

The survey shows a dramatic jump in focus on customer experience, doubling in nominal terms from 18 percent to 34 percent. This indicates that we can expect a much higher IoT focus on end customers during the next 12 months. In effect, IoT programs and processes will become competitive marketplace weapons starting in 2016 in more number of companies.

The survey found that the biggest IoT technology challenges for those that have already implemented IoT are cybersecurity, integration and managing business requirements. However, orchestration of workflows and processes looms as a major concern for those planning to implement IoT.
2016 will be a very big year for IoT adoption. A wide range of IoT use cases  are seen  virtually in all industries. But, the big challenge now is demonstrating return on investment. Executives need to validate the contribution that IoT has made in pilot projectyd in order to justify large-scale rollouts.

Additional information is available in the Gratner report "Survey Analysis: Early Adopters of Internet of Things Poised to Make 2016 the Year of the Customer." More information on IoT implementation can be found in the Gartner Special Report "The Internet of Things," which looks at the necessary steps to building and rolling out an IoT strategy.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Adoption of Big Data in USA

The fourth annual Big Data Executive Survey was conducted by NewVantage Partners.

It revealed that that reducing time-to-insight rather than saving money is the primary driver for their Big Data business investment.

The survey was conducted in November and December 2015. It was  published on January 11, 2016,
The survey confirms that Fortune 1000 firms believe that Big Data will deliver competitive advantage by enabling their firms to act faster when it comes to analyzing data, gaining insights, making critical decisions, and bringing new capabilities to market.

The fourth survey reveals that, it has taken only four short years for Big Data to assert itself as an essential component of the corporate practice. Among the Fortune 1000 firms surveyed by NewVantage, 62.5% reported having Big Data initiatives in  the enterprise — nearly double the 31.4% of firms at this stage in 2013. While only 5.4% of firms reported Big Data investments in excess of $50 million in 2014, the number of firms that project investments in Big Data of greater than $50 million leaps to 26.8% by 2017.  For the first time, a majority of firms (54%) reports having appointed a Chief Data Officer, up from just 12% in 2012.

TCS 2015 Survey

THE INTERNET OFTHINGS A Manufacturing Industry Perspective

The manufacturing industry leads the way as an early adopter of the Internet of Things (IoT). The respondents in the survey have an annual revenue of $10 bn or more. Of the 140 manufacturing companies TCS surveyed, $108 mn average spend per company in 2015 $120 mn average projected spend per company in 2018.  0.45% revenue is spent on the IoT initiatives in 2015.

26 companies are planning #1 billion investment/expenditure in IoT systems in 2016. GE is one of them.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Research Opportunities in Lean Production

Implementing lean production systems: research areas and opportunities for future studies
Giuliano Almeida Marodin* and Tarcisio Abreu Saurin
Department of Industrial Engineering and Transportation (DEPROT), Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS),
Porto Alegre, Brazil

International Journal of Production Research
Volume 51, Issue 22, 2013

This article had the objective of identifying the main areas of research on LP implementation and to propose research opportunities. The literature review was based on 102 studies published in the years between 1996 and 2012.

Six research areas were identified by the authors:
(a) structure and scope of the LP implementation;
(b) factors that influence in
the LP implementation;
(c) methods for implementing LP systems;
(d) LP assessment methods;
(e) the results of implementing
LP systems; and
(f ) adaptation of LP to particular sectors.

The opportunities for future research .

None of the studies on methods of implementing LP mentions the factors that influence the process. Similarly, the methods for assessing the LP implementation level do not take into account the particularities of specific sectors. In fact, it seems that LP area  would benefit from integration. Studies across the research areas could also support a better understanding on why companies are successful or not in using lean. For instance, it could be investigated the extent to which the factors that affect the use of LP are present in the companies that exhibit the best results in terms of performance metrics. Of course, the impact of specific variables within each research area could also be studied – e.g. it could be investigated if the methods for LP implementation differ, or if they should differ, according to variables such as company size, product type and process type.

In the paper drawbacks of LP have also been identified, such as:
(a) the difficulty of using LP as a business system in sectors other than manufacturing, as the use of lean in other sectors is often limited to some practices and principles;
(b) the lack of in-depth knowledge on why companies fail or succeed in their lean efforts; this drawback is aggravated by the lack of studies reporting failed implementations of LP;
(c) the lack of understanding on the complex dynamics involving the use of LP in all areas of a company; and (d) the lack of effective theories and practices to manage the systemic, human and organisational dimensions of lean. This lack is in contrast with the relatively more developed body of knowledge on the use of lean practices.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Daniel Goleman - Biography and Contribution

Daniel Goleman worked as a science journalist and reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years.  His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half, with more than 5,000,000 copies in print worldwide in 40 languages. It is a best seller in many other countries also. Apart from his books on emotional intelligence, Goleman has written books on  topics including self-deception, creativity, transparency, meditation, social and emotional learning, ecoliteracy and the ecological crisis.

The Harvard Business Review and chose his article “What Makes a Leader” as one of ten “must-read” articles from its pages. Emotional Intelligence was named one of the 25 “Most Influential Business Management Books” by TIME Magazine. The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and Accenture Insititute for Strategic Change have listed Goleman among the most influential business thinkers.

Goleman is a co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (, originally at the Yale Child Studies Center and now at the University of Illinois at Chicago. CASEL’s mission centers on bringing evidence-based programs in emotional literacy to schools worldwide.

He currently co-directs the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations ( at Rutgers University. The consortium fosters research partnerships between academic scholars and practitioners on the role emotional intelligence plays in excellence.

Goleman is a board member of the Mind & Life Institute, which fosters dialogues and research collaborations among contemplative practitioners and scientists. Goleman has organized a series of intensive conversations between the Dalai Lama and scientists. Based on these discussions,  the books Healthy Emotions, and Destructive Emotions were published. He is currently editing a book from the most recent dialogue on ecology, interdependence, and ethics.

His most recent book, Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence, offers an up-to-date summary of his thinking on leadership. The book contains his articles from the Harvard Business Review.

Goleman’s other recent book, The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights gathers together recent findings from brain research and other sources on topics ranging from creativity and optimal performance, the brain-to-brain connection in leadership, and to how to enhance emotional intelligence itself.

Goleman’s 2009 book, Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything, argues that new information technologies allow us to know the environmental, health, and social consequences of what we buy. Shoppers can use point-of-purchase ecological comparisons to guide their purchases. Market share would shift to products and firms that support changes taking care of environment.

Goleman’s work as a science journalist has been recognized with many awards, including the Washburn Award for science journalism, a Lifetime Career Award from the American Psychological Association. He was made a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of his communicating science to the general public.