CM

What comes to mind when you think about Configuration Management?

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?

What is the configuration when the product has an AI?

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?

Software Over-the-Air Updates and CM

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

Let’s create our own Butterfly Effect

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

The True Impact of Industry 4.0 Revealed

Industry 4.0 or Industrie 4.0 was introduced by the German government to promote their manufacturing industry and is often used interchangeably with Internet of Things (IOT) or more specifically Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT). When asked in an online survey [1], 70% of the 60 respondents indicated that they knew what Industry 4.0 or the 4th Industrial revolution was. And when asked which Industry 4.0 initiatives their company is working… Read More »The True Impact of Industry 4.0 Revealed