When we talk about the concept of digitalization, we usually think of the transformation into a new, digital age. One might think that these developments are mainly determined by new technologies such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Blockchain or the Internet of Things. It is easy to overlook the fact that digitalization is also the age of startup companies! read more
Being responsible for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and topics of 3D visualization at fme, I would like to share an update with you on our activities in the field of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), which recently have been on everyone’s lips considering buzzwords such as digitalization, IoT and Industry 4.0.
Do you know these sentences, which simply belong to every job description?
“Are the rolls fresh?” – »But really only cut the tips.« – »Is the space at the window still free?« or also »I would like to migrate 15,000 documents – what does it cost me?«
I have heard the last sentence very often in the past six years and definitely count it among my top three.
“We need a minimum viable product.”
In the development of new products, innovations should be implemented as quickly as possible and placed on the market in order to have an advantage over the competition. So far – so well known.
In the digital environment, many companies are faced with the challenge of having many ideas for a new product at the beginning of the development process and of offering users as much as possible. The parties involved often have different opinions about the range of functions. Numerous tasks have to be organized around the development (creating structures, marketing, organizing distribution channels, etc.), the market is competitive and the demand is changing rapidly. How can it be ensured under these basic conditions that the product is attractive for the customer and becomes successful? read more
Welcome to a new age of automated testing!
In the process of digital transformation, not only are businesses affected by the challenges of digital optimization but the field of software development is also hit by digital disruptions at its core. In this article, I will focus on the digital transformation of software development in the field of software testing in particular.
Automation of tasks, which are time-consuming and error-prone when performed by humans become more and more replaced by the highly efficient technologies, which provide reproducible results: Automation tools used by digital companies enable these businesses more and more to focus on their actual business and create business value instead of dealing with time-consuming IT tasks.
It is an astonishing phenomenon: Germany only occupies regrettable midfield positions when it comes to digitalization . However, in discussions with company leaders or at meetings of associations it becomes clear that many of the leaders and managers are almost annoyed by the topic. A spokesperson for the association even apologizes for addressing the subject of digitalization at all. Of course, there is often not much fundamentally new knowledge about digitalization in general to gain in lectures and seminars when you have already attended numerous lectures, visited Silicon Valley, admire Israeli startups and experience Asian digital power. I even believe that in many cases the top level management has largely understood the topic – it is most certainly high time for that. read more
As a member of the Virtual Reality team here at fme I want to give you a bit of an insight today into the last three years of our project work. One of the most important facts is to let the client not only see but experience the product. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)are two key technologies to achieve this. Here is a short abstract of our project history
March – August 2015: The first Project with Oculus Rift DK2
In March 2015 we started a VR development project for one of our clients. Their wish was to show their products in the VR world. The end customer should be able to move around the product and even switch the product configuration while in Virtual Reality. We were using the DK2 and Unity to realize it. The main challenge was a stable rendering for both eyes. The frame rate (images per seconds) dropped significantly which is defined as lower than 60 frames per second. Thus, the user became VR sick. We solved this by removing unnecessary 3D Model details and integrating a better-balanced lighting system.
The term “digital transformation” as the great revolution is currently present in all media and must not be missing in any vision. But I often see the confusion surrounding this buzzword and would like to share my thoughts on it.
Digitization – Digital Transformation
First of all, I notice that the term “digitization” is often referred to as “digital transformation”. In my opinion, this should be clearly separated from each other.
I see digitisation as the transition from analogue to digital. This is, for example, the replacement of paper documents (holiday request, material requisition, travel expense report, scanned invoice) by forms/dialogues on the intranet. The advantages compared to conventional in-house mail with only one analogue copy are clear: faster processing on the computer without waiting times. And other new technologies and applications (e. g. mobile devices, sensors, networking and apps, frameworks, cloud storage…) ensure that more and more areas are opened up for digitization by computer science/IT.
Last week I attended the Tech-Conference of Amazon Web Services – AWS re:Invent 2017 in Las Vegas. It lasted five days, a period of time that is not always easy to take off from your daily work. Following are the most important pieces of content from my perspective in 7-10 min for reading.
* 10 Seconds Management Spoiler *
Serverless, Machine Learning, the Machine Learning Camera DeepLens, Alexa for Business and Kube as a managed service are the main highlights of this year’s re:Invent. By extending and making existing and established services such as EC2, S3, Glacier or DynamoDB more flexible, AWS helps customers to map many requirements directly in the managed service and reduce the need for workaround implementations. It will be fascinating and at times frightening, what will be possible in the future due to the combination of these powerful services.
Some weeks ago we were invited to host one event of a networking event series called “Schnack & Schnittchen” (Sandwich-Talks) organized by the Junior Entrepreneurs Organization in Brunswick (Wirtschaftsjunioren Braunschweig). The Wirtschaftsjunioren Brunswick are part of the national association ‘ Wirtschaftsjunioren Deutschland’ and the international association ‘JCI’, in which young entrepreneurs and (young) executives network, train and engage themselves.”Digitialization” was the topic for that event and we gave an insight to the attendees in how we understand the Digital Transformation (DT) and how we help our clients to get a grip at the upcoming challenges. read more