On 9 September 2021, same as last year, I gave a full day of lectures and workshops on Configuration Management for the Minor Factory of the Future from Avans University of applied sciences at the Brainport Industries Campus in Eindhoven (The Netherlands). Coming from about 20 students last year to over 30 students this year. Niek van Weert also wrote a blog post about the day (in Dutch), check it out. This year I requested the students to create a Word Cloud… Read More »What comes to mind when you think about Configuration Management?
In my previous article, I wrote about Export Control and Machine Learning, where it can be very difficult to determine how Export Rules apply in complex cases like Federated Learning. This series of articles was triggered by the excellent podcast ‘Maintaining the Physics Model within AI & ML’ Pt1 and Pt2 by Arnaud Hubaux from ASML and Max Gravel from IpX and the video from Arnaud on Taming the AI Demon to sustain innovation. This article will explore the question: What is the configuration of… Read More »What is the configuration when the product has an AI?
Recently I joined a panel discussion with the team of Quick Release on the topic of Configuration Management vs Variant Configuration Management. Thanks to Rob Ferrone and Omid Hosseinitabar for inviting me. One question I found very intriguing, which had to do with Over-the-Air updates and how this relates to CM. Over-the-Air updates are software updates that are sent to the product wirelessly to update the firmware, operating system, or system settings/parameters for instance. This has… Read More »Software Over-the-Air Updates and CM
This post is based on the IpX ConX19 Keynote that I gave together with Martin Haket, remember when we could still do in-person conferences? And it is the prequel to the posts We need a cross-platform interface for impact analysis! and CM2: the cross-platform standard for impact analysis! Thanks to Max Gravel from IpX who was so kind to let me use his images. James Newman triggered me with his comment on my post ‘Would… Read More »Ignorance is Bliss! (till it isn’t)
Jos Voskuil a.k.a. Virtual Dutchman a.k.a. the PLM Doctor has interviewed me on the topic of PLM and Configuration Management. I will give an answer to the following questions: When discussing Configuration Management, what is the pure definition, what is CM2 as a practice and what is IpX‘s role and please explain where you fit in this picture People are claiming that if you implement PLM as an enterprise backbone, not as an engineering tool,… Read More »Interview by Jos Voskuil: PLM and Configuration Management
During my interview with Jennifer Moore from Minerva, Jennifer suggested that it would be interesting to read a post on Configuration Management for Startups. I thought that was an excellent idea, so here it is. For most startups configuration management might not be the first thing on their mind, or even the second or third…. But whether consciously aware about it or not, most if not all startups are dealing with configuration management. This post… Read More »Configuration Management for Startups
Why CM2 for Faster Change and Better Documentation: an interview by Jennifer Moore for Minerva PLM TV
Jennifer Moore from Minerva PLM TV interviewed me recently. We talked about Enterprise Configuration management, CM2, more vs less changes, change faster and document better, the challenges of CM, how to get your CM journey started and more. For me the CM journey started when I was still working at Philips with the book CMII for Business Process Infrastructure by Vincent C. Guess. This book was the reason to invite… Read More »Why CM2 for Faster Change and Better Documentation: an interview by Jennifer Moore for Minerva PLM TV
Aras CTO Rob McAveney presented the Aras Vision on Wednesday 11 November 2020 at the Aras Digital 2020 – Europe virtual event. During the Q&A he explained that AI/ML (artificial intelligence and machine learning) would change the way we do Impact Analysis. We either had the same ideas or Aras really listens when good ideas are shared. A little over a year ago I created the picture in the header as part of… Read More »Applying AI/ML to Configuration Management
I recently watched Joseph Anderson (President of the Institute for Process Excellence (IpX)) as the featured guest on Joe Hage’s MDG Premium on the topic of “The state of quality in medical devices.” Joseph mentioned the “Fail Fast/Fix-it Fast” mentality as a key driver of quality issues. This inspired me to write this blog post. Joseph said the following during the webinar (modified from transcript and audio to be usable… Read More »Fail Fast, Ask Questions Later
On 10 September 2020 I gave a full day of lectures and workshops on Configuration Management for the Minor Factory of the Future from Avans University of applied sciences at the Brainport Industries Campus in Eindhoven (The Netherlands). I had a lot of fun doing this, but I was also impressed by the students ability to stay engaged during some hardcore CM topics like identification, the change process, impact analysis and re-identification. Of course we also did the CM Game. During… Read More »Let’s create our own Butterfly Effect