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When talking to clients about their business goals, most business executives are pretty clear as to what they want to accomplish, such as reducing customer churn or reducing inventory costs or improving quality of care or improving product line profitability. But these “one dimensional” business initiatives really don’t push the organization’s innovative thinking. For example, I can easily reduce marketing costs if I significantly reduce advertising and promotional spending. Or I can easily improve product line profitability by cutting all marketing and advertising spending and laying off anyone not directly related to manufacturing and sell products. Where organizations need to get innovative is when the business initiative has more than one dimension or condition, for example: Reduce customer churn while reducing customer service costs, or Reduce inventory costs w... (more)

Online Automotive Authority Upgrades to BEA to Meet Scalability and Integration Demands and Provide Architecture for Business Ex

Edmunds.com, the Web's leading consumer resource for unbiased automotive information, has selected the BEA WebLogic Enterprise PlatformTM as the foundation for its new architecture after conducting a thorough review of Java-based application server platforms. Edmunds.com provides consumers with True Market Value® pricing tools, insurance and financing resources, vehicle reviews and comparisons, warranty and performance information, and access to new and used car buyers and sellers. True to its independent and unbiased spirit, Edmunds.com had been running for years on a hybrid application server platform. However, with more than 200,000 visitors daily, and new business partnerships lined up with many of the country's most respected media companies, Edmunds.com decided the time was right to find the most robust, scalable, extensible platform on the market. "After lo... (more)

Driving in the Cloud

Victor Cruz has actually touched on a few interesting points in his article “Safe Driving in the Cloud: A Black Box for Cars”. The fact is that car companies have lately shifted their focus towards increasing security for passengers and drivers altogether and that is why they came up with the idea of introducing a black box for cars. This might be a bit strange as many people have said, but the reasons to why they came to this decision are actually very solid. For instance, when an aircraft crashes, investigators will eventually be able to retrieve the data that was recorded during flight and analyze what actually went wrong. It’s a measure that has helped with designing safer airplanes and as a result, save people’s lives. Now, getting back to the black box itself, the box is not actually black. It will only be black after the investigators retrieve it from the char... (more)

Metal and Ceramic Injection Molding, BCC Research

NEW YORK, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Metal and Ceramic Injection Molding, BCC Research http://www.reportlinker.com/p02009154/Metal-and-Ceramic-Injection-Molding-BCC-Research.html STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES The global market for metal injection molding (MIM) and ceramic injection molding (CIM) has exhibited spectacular growth over the last two decades. BCC Research studied this market twice in the past, first in 2005 and then in 2008. In 2004, the global market size for MIM was reported to be $382 million, with expected growth to $571 million by 2009. In 2009, the market size for MIM was reported to be $985 million, with expected growth to $1.9 billion by 2014. Currently BCC Research is reporting the global MIM market to be $1.5 billion in 2012 with expected growth to reach near... (more)

Xen Project Launches Embedded and Automotive Initiative

CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 08/18/14 -- Xen Project Developer Summit -- The Xen Project Collaborative Project hosted at The Linux Foundation today announced a new Embedded and Automotive initiative. Successful in running the world's largest clouds and first to market with ARM support, a growing number of companies are increasingly interested in advancing open source Xen Project virtualization in non-data center scenarios. In the automotive industry, for instance, OEMs and automotive manufacturers that adopt open source virtualization are able to quickly and cost-effectively develop a flexible, robust, and customizable integrated cockpit -- one that keeps drivers safe, while meeting consumers' connected car expectations. Artem Mygaiev, AVP Development at GlobalLogic Inc., a full-lifecycle product development services company, will serve as the Embedded and Automo... (more)

Electronic Virtualization Company Appoints Marios Zenios to Board of Directors

VaST Systems announced the appointment of automotive electronics industry veteran Marios Zenios to the VaST board of directors. Zenios has served as a strategic advisor to the company helping VaST form industry initiatives that create more complete virtualization solutions for end customers. Previously, as a senior Motorola executive, Zenios spearheaded the development and adoption of automotive electronics systems at global automotive suppliers and OEMs. Zenios has more than 20 years of automotive, telematics, and communications experience. "In my new position as a VaST board member, I’m focused on helping VaST develop strategies that maximize the value of its unique virtualization solutions in the automotive and electronics industry. It is a great honor to be part of VaST at such a pivotal time in the company and the industry,” Zenios said. "Marios is... (more)

MTC: When Machines Communicate (A New Hot Topic Taking Over the Industry) - also available in Spanish

Machine Type Communications (MTC) Recently the wireless industry has had an increasing interest on M2M (Machine to Machine) communications linked to technologies like Smart Grid, Wireless Sensor Networks, and applications focused on maximizing the control of resources and tracking of goods. But exactly what benefits does M2M bring to the industry, how is the market embracing it? And more importantly, why so much hype? My first approach to the technology led me to think that it wasn’t too relevant for the industry and I quite didn’t see a true impact for the wireless user but, this opinion changed when I got better informed and went a bit deep on the concept. In this post I share my views on the technology; how it all started, why I think it became relevant and my conclusions on why the industry must be excited about it.   Origins and Related Concepts  ... (more)

How to Develop Apps for Vehicles

Author Peter Rogers Principal Mobility Architect, CognizantVisionMobile recently published one of the best reports on apps for vehicles that I have read (http://www.visionmobile.com/product/apps-for-cars-mileage-may-vary/).  It is frustrating with how difficult it is to actually get an app approved for use in a car. Here are some of the unique challenges: ·         Safety first considerations (like driver distraction)·         Long sales and car vendor app approval process·         Car vendor led UX and ideation processes·         Low risk strategies for selecting apps·         Deal negotiation skills requirement·         Massive market fragmentation. The analogy VisionMobile offers is one that I remember vividly myself. That of running a small mobile games company (back before the days of iOS and Android App Stores around ) and trying to get a deal with a telecom... (more)

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Will No Longer Participate in the Expedia Preferred Partner Program

TULSA, Okla., April 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. today announced that the Company's brands, Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental, will no longer participate in the Expedia Preferred Partner Program, effective May 1, 2005. The Preferred Partner Program provides participating rental car suppliers the opportunity to prominently market their products on the Expedia travel Web site. In 2004, Expedia-generated rentals represented approximately 7 percent of DTG's total revenue. Dollar and Thrifty are continuing discussions with Expedia regarding participation on the Expedia travel Web site. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020412/DTGLOGO ) Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 Company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Driven by the mission "Value Every Time," the Company's brands, Dollar Rent A Car and ... (more)

Philips Automotive Lighting Receives Product Line Strategy Award for Valuable Customer Insights

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, North American Lighting Aftermarket, selected Philips Automotive Lighting (Philips) as the recipient of the 2005 Product Line Strategy of the Year Award for its valuable insight into customer needs and product demands. Philips optimized its product line by leveraging products with the various price, performance, and feature points required by vehicle owners. "Elements of the company's successful product line strategy include the introduction of new products strategically positioned to balance the product line and the ability to accommodate different market segments," says Frost & Sullivan research analyst Stephen Spivey. "Moreover, enhancement of product offerings through optimization of packaging and customer service, strategic marketing alliances that support higher sales and distribution... (more)

Hybrid Car Owners Top List of Loyal Vehicle Buyers

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to the make of a vehicle, hybrid car owners are the most loyal buyers, with 47 percent purchasing another vehicle of the same make, according to recent research from Experian Automotive, a part of global information services company Experian. This loyalty to a vehicle's make among hybrid owners comes in significantly higher than the 35 percent average of consumer loyalty to all vehicle classes combined. With gas prices remaining high and green buying habits among consumers continuing to rise, hybrid vehicle sales have increased 130 percent in the past three years, according to Experian Automotive. As sales have increased, hybrid vehicle buyers have shown they are not only the most loyal segment of buyers to the make (e.g. Mercury) of a vehicle, but to a specific vehicle model (e.g. Mercury Mariner) as well. Ei... (more)