NRF’s Big Show 2019 should have been held in Phoenix. Like that city’s namesake, a long-lived bird of mythology, retail cyclically regenerates, arising from the ashes of its predecessor. While retail is clearly not in ashes, it is being reinvented before our eyes.
With PTC’s $70M acquisition of generative design software vendor Frustum announced today, and the continued focus on expanding generative design capabilities by Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, and Siemens, manufacturers have multiple options for AI and machine learning-infused CAD and CAE (i.e. simulation).
Internet of Things (IoT) remains one of the top digital transformation initiatives happening across organizations today. While much of the focus has been on digitally enabling the physical, we are seeing IoT move into its next chapter as the harmonization between human and machine begins to happen. IoT underpins the exchange of information from “things,” people, and processes. Data becomes the common denominator and it enhances our senses and business processes by providing critical visual, audio, tactile, and environmental queues that allow us to adjust, adapt, and react to changing conditions in the world around us.
While it’s no surprise to learn that ICT spending continues moving to the 3rd Platform, or that new technologies like AR/VR and cognitive AI continue to deliver double-digit rates of growth during the current early stages of deployment and prototyping, there are many geographic differences in the way that new categories are gaining traction (or not) in different country markets and what this means for the likely economic benefits in the next 5-10 years.
The evolution of robotic technology is, in part, a function of the related technology ecosystem and the rapidly improving capabilities of the technology areas that are being built into robots. One of the most influential technology areas that is helping to deliver modern intelligent robotics is Artificial Intelligence (AI).
This blog from Sabitha Majukumar (Senior Research Analyst, IDC Financial Insights), Philip Carnelley(Research Director, European Software Group) and Arun Dani (Senior Research Analyst, IT Services) highlights IDC’s recent research on cognitive systems and its impact on insurance industry.