The Dell recall sent Dell into a tailspin. The company's growth tapered off sharply in 2006, sparking a change in CEOs as Kevin Rollins exited and wunderkind Michael Dell stepped back in. Perhaps, Lenovo should bring back whoitwhatzzit? The fact is Lenovo doesn't have an icon like Michael Dell and really hasn't since Don Estridge, the father of the IBM PC. And that's going back a quarter century!
Although a long time IBMer, Estridge didn't fit the rigid IBM mold of the era and as initial PC sales skyrocketed, the big iron boys in Armonk viewed him as a threat and kicked him upstairs. He died tragically in a jetliner crash in Dallas on Aug. 2, 1985. And you know what? Don Estridge could have built a better battery.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. Iíve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
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