Arthur Holland Michel

Drones 101 - A Compendium of the Key Issues

When Arthur Holland Michel and his colleagues at Bard College founded the Center for the Study of the Drone in 2012, they already had a sense that drones were going to become a significant topic, presenting society with a range of unfamiliar challenges and opportunities. But in the five years since then, drones have become a worldwide phenomenon that has entirely outstripped everyone's wildest expectations.

Drones are now used for everything from delivering urgent medical supplies in Rwanda to dazzling spectators at Disney World. They have saved lives and sparked complex and divisive controversies that have left regulators scrambling to catch up with a technology that shows no sign of slowing down. How can we stay on top of this issue and get ahead of the technology? How do we balance the remarkable opportunities afforded by drones against concerns around privacy, safety, and ethics? What will be the new normal in a drone-filled world?

Arthur joins PI to give a comprehensive overview of the key opportunities, challenges and the latest research into the extraordinary future of drone technology.

Christian Schloegel

Business Model Transformation at KUKA

The digital transformation at KUKA is leading, in the long-term - to the development of smart tools & services, smart production & logistics concepts as well as smart products. On the one hand, and as a robot and machine manufacturer, KUKA is already a user of services in the field of smart tools and uses these to optimize its machines and services close to the machine. On the other hand, as a plant builder in the field of production and logistics, KUKA is a supplier of factories and department stores, as well as industrial users of the technologies in the industrial sector.

Topics covered in this interview include:

  • Managing the impacts of the digital transformation of the product and service portfolio
  • Development of new value creation and outcome-based business models
  • Strategic cooptetion between manufacturers and the IT industry

Alexander Buschek

Digital Business Model Innovation

With many people using the terms digital transformation and digitalization synonymously, they actually do not have the same meaning. In this interview, Alexander argues that digitalization is an evolution over the time, leading to an increase in process efficiency. Digital transformation, however, is a massive paradigm shift moving beyond the evolutionary character of digitalization and optimization. Nonetheless, digitalization is a crucial part of the overall digital transformation.

Alexander explains that the digital transformation is a necessary process to change businesses to keep up with existing and emerging competitors. In addition to that, this interview gives insights into questions such as:

  • How to manage the change from digitalization to digital transformation?
  • What is holding companies back from going digital?
  • How to bridge the gap between today’s and tomorrow’s products?

André Walter

Airbus' Future Factory

In Bremen, the second-largest Airbus site in Germany which is responsible for the design, manufacture, integration and testing of high-lift systems for the wings of all Airbus programs, the aircraft manufacturer is successfully shifting the production away from a dock to a flow-line production. Leveraging real-time data available in the flow-line, Airbus can now check the status of the production to exactly which part is where at any given point in time and identify potential gaps in the production.

  • Topics covered in this interview include:
  • Understanding digitalisation as natural and organic development
  • Visualising and monitoring material conditions and performances with the digital twin
  • Overcoming operational challenges and mastering digital complexities

Michael Nilles

Leading Business in the Digital Age – Insights from a CDO

Schindler’s digital transformation is about a game-changing adaptation of its business model. Driven by technology innovation and following a structured approach towards digital, Schindler’s vision is to achieve leadership in customer service by leveraging real-time data in an end-to-end connected environment.

In this interview, Michael shares his insights into leading business in the digital age, including:

  • Key criteria for digital success
  • Reorganising business around data
  • Risks and opportunities during the digital transformation

Des Evans, Vince Welsh, David Cussans

The Success Story Servitization at MAN (Part I) - The Strategic Imperative

Des Evans, together with Vince Welsh and David Cussans, did not only transform MAN Truck & Bus UK by shifting from selling trucks to selling intelligent transport systems, but also transform the market forever.

While offering their customers technology-based and data-driven solutions to improve fuel utilization, decrease maintenance costs and increase driver effectiveness led to a significantly higher profitability, it was the new customer service culture that allowed the company to take over the leadership in a highly competitive but shrinking market.

In the first part of the series Des, Vince and David share their insights into the beginning of the business transformation and how they leveraged the company’s market position to turn the business upside down.