INFORMATION technology, THREE-dimensional printing, 3-D printers, RAPID prototyping, and PRINTING industry
The article discusses how the business benefits of 3D printing pose serious challenges to information technology (IT). It notes that many enterprises will have to upgrade their structures to support 3D printers and IT management have to proactively insert IT's concerns about technology and costs into the 3D printing conversations. It indicates that 3D printers offer broad technical benefits such as allowing specification updates to be incorporated once they are approved.
Fcuses on the author's comments on business process design (BPR). Differences between Japanese and American BPR; Integration of information technology with BPR; Techniques; Prototyping; Tips. INSETS: Products that map the process.;How to select a modeling environment.;Best practices..
Talks about the use of virtual prototyping to design cars at M&L Auto Specialists Inc. Development of the Romulus Predator in just three months; Improvement of hardware, software and integration tools that make prototyping possible; Hardware and software from Hewlett-Packard used by M&L Auto Specialists.
COMPUTER systems, COMPUTER industry, OPERATING companies, INFORMATION technology, SYSTEMS design, FINANCIAL analysts, COMPUTER science, INDUSTRIAL management, and STRATEGIC planning
The article presents the author's narrative on assembling a four-man agility team to provide systems for a new operating unit acquired by the company. He presented a situation intended for a week long preparation in an orderly manner. He cited the need for four information technology experts who are supposed to be knowledgeable in the core techniques including joint application design and process mapping, data modeling and system prototyping. The agility team is more competent in a week in comparison to a group of analysts who could manage to get it done in three months, according to the author.
Computerworld. 11/11/1996, Vol. 30 Issue 46, pS/16. 2p. 5 Black and White Photographs.
INFORMATION technology, EMPLOYMENT forecasting, and FORECASTING
Features the results of a videoconference presenting young achievers' forecast on the future of work and information technology. Concerns with stability and sticking with what works; Prototyping or implementing new technology; Work involving developing solutions to new or changing needs which are completely unfamiliar; Deterioration of the middle class.
Computerworld. June 23, 2014, Vol. 48 Issue 11, p4, 1 p.
Automobile Industry, Technology application, Ford Motor Co. -- Production processes, Ford Motor Co. -- Technology application, 3D printing -- Methods, Automobile industry -- Production processes, and Automobile industry -- Technology application
TEN YEARS AGO, Ford's 3D lab printed perhaps 4,000 prototype parts for the automaker's vehicles. Today, just one of five Ford 3D prototyping centers churns out more than 20,000 parts [...]
INFORMATION technology, ELECTRONIC systems, COMPUTER users, COMPUTER software, COMPUTER architecture, and TECHNOLOGY
The article presents the author's views on the set of techniques for information technology (IT) professionals to use in developing any information system. The author calls them the "core techniques," because they encapsulate a complete set of skills to develop or enhance any information system. They have been evolving for 30 years or more, and every IT professional has at least heard of them if not actually used all of them. The first technique is joint application design, for pooling the collective ideas of business and technical people. The second is process mapping, for drawing out existing workflows and designing new ones. Then there is data modeling, for defining the types and volumes of data that a system will handle. Next is system prototyping, for technical architecture to make sure they will work as expected. The fifth technique is object-oriented design and programming, for creating systems from predefined and reusable software components. And the last technique is system testing and rollout, for debugging and fine-tuning a system to fit user needs.
INFORMATION technology, PASSWORDS (Computers), SPEECH, MEETINGS, and PROTOTYPES
The article reports on happenings in IT industry. New user swears a user knows her password but can't log in. Turns out she watched other people log in and could only see stars, so that's what she tried over and over. A much bigger outfit buys pilot fish's company. He figures it's a great new opportunity--until the new boss speaks at an all-hands meeting. Most of the speech was about how they were going to streamline the company to make it more competitive. At the end of his speech, he casually mentioned how they only have five stateside developers doing prototyping work, and everything else is sent to India.
ELECTRONIC information resources, RECORDS management, and INFORMATION technology
The fact that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) electronic case file system will not be deployed by the end of 2004 will be more an opportunity than an embarrassment. According to analysts, the FBI needs to take the time to get the system right. The system, known as the Virtual Case File (VCF), was envisioned as a means of enabling agents to conduct rapid, paperless information sharing; it is the major component of the bureau's information technology (IT) modernization effort, known as Trilogy. But only one module of the system, the automated workflow application, is scheduled to be deployed by the end of the year. In a letter sent to the FBI, a committee of IT experts from the National Research Council (NRC) cited clear evidence of progress in the month since it issued a report of the Trilogy program. According to the NRC study, the VCF system was developed without the benefit of prototyping and testing. In addition, the bureau had no contingency plan in place for handling mission disruptive failures that could stem from the bureau's planned flash cutover from the old system to the VCF system.
WIRELESS communications and INFORMATION technology
Suggests ways of exerting leadership on wireless technology. Creation of a database consisting of vendors that are prototyping products and consultants offering services; Construction and implementation of a pilot project.
Reports on developments in the computer software industry of the United States as of June 30, 1997. Release of a Java version of Intersolv Inc.'s SequeLink middleware; Release of a new version of Carleton Corp.'s Passport software; Opening of Informix Software Inc.'s Information Superstore prototyping center in New York; Release of a new version of Computer Associates International's OpenIngres database.
Focuses on data modeling. Background history; Focus on the understanding of underlying data; Applications; Integration with prototyping; Use of the object-oriented approach. INSET: Do you have what it takes?..
Features the rapid application development approach (RAD) to computer programming. Disadvantage of old-fashioned approach; Use of rapid prototyping tools; Balancing planning and spontaneity; Ease of redesigning; Later addition of data structures. INSET: A radical change, by David Baum..
Computerworld. April 3, 2006, Vol. 40 Issue 14, S14, 1 p.
Computer services industry, Market trend/market analysis, Technology application, Service oriented architecture (Software design) -- Usage, Service oriented architecture (Software design) -- Forecasts and trends, and Computer services industry -- Technology application
Service-oriented architecture is not the next "rapid prototyping," "extreme programming" or other trendy IT development technique. Done right, it's a state of mind for your entire business. And it's one [...]
HIGH performance computing, APPLICATION software, HIGH performance processors, COMPUTER software, COMPUTER simulation, and RAPID prototyping
The article reports on the shortage of appropriate application software needed for high-performance computing (HPC). HPC is emerging as a critical IT need at many large companies that use simulation and virtualization to design and test their products. But there is a growing gap between the hardware and software capabilities in HPC systems. Although hardware vendors can build systems with hundreds or even thousands of processors, many of the HPC applications developed by software vendors typically utilize only 12 or 16 processors in parallel. Testing of a product in fully computer-generated environments will enable manufacturers to reduce development time and bring goods to market more quickly. But the need for speed is huge. Simulating even an action so seemingly simple as removing a bottle cap can involve millions of calculations. Because of the current HPC application limits, physical testing of products may still be necessary. The main reason of unavailability of HPC applications is that most software vendors focus on the technical systems market, which revolves around PCs, workstations and small servers, because that is where most of the demand and revenue is. Besides, the number of users that want to scale systems across hundreds or thousands of processors is not large enough to justify the cost of rewriting and testing applications.