17. Nov, 2016

Predictions for 2017 and other small topics.

The year 2016 is nearly finished and 2017 is already waiting at the front desk. When smart people are making up their mind and play Crystal Ball, it is always interesting to see, what they are coming up with and how close or far off they are in the end. Here the Fortune.com predictions for 2017 (http://fortune.com/predictions-2017-future-business/), some unexpected topics included.

Presentations and videos of the Digital Workplace Summit (#DWSC16) will be available end of this or early next week. I am already putting my thoughts into words to share soon.

Message of the week for me was that Siemens is buying Mentor Graphics (http://www.siemens.com/press/en/events/2016/corporate/2016-11-conference-call.php) to expand its digital industrial leadership. Now they have everything together, to cover the product development process end-to-end. They did own Mechanical CAD and a PLM solution already, in late 2015 they did buy Polarion to cover the Software development area with an ALM solution and now finally Mentor Graphics for Hardware development, simulation and validation. All best-of-breed solutions that hopefully will be combined in a smart way on a common and fully integrated platform, like IBM has done it with their products on the JAZZ platform (https://jazz.net/).

And finally Samsung  Electronics to Acquire HARMAN (https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-electronics-to-acquire-harman-accelerating-growth-in-automotive-and-connected-technologies), what will be having a lot of impact on the Automotive industry, assuming this deal gets approved in the end. So far Google's Android Auto (https://www.android.com/auto/) and Apple's CarPlay (https://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/) are dominating the Infotainment systems market globally, but this might be changing sooner than later? An interesting strategic move shortly after the Galaxy Note 7 disaster.

Long-range planning does not deal with future decisions, but with the future of present decisions.
Peter Drucker