Short event-driven opinion pieces on trends, strategies, technologies, markets and companies.

Is Money Too Tight To Mention for Tech-Startups?

For a small country the Netherlands has some well recognized and well ranked technology universities. These universities, in turn, spin off some very interesting technology startups. Especially for these spin offs, a new venture fund was announced last week, Innovation Industries, which specializes in funding university tech-startups. The universities of Wageningen, Enschede and Eindhoven will […] Read more »

SAP ‘s Ecosystem – Expanding to serve the Digital World

During this week’s SAPPhire Now in Orlando, SAP emphasised the expansion of its ecosystem. To mention a few: Leonardo to join forces with Watson Google and SAP to intensify earlier announced partnership But most significant, SAP is (finally) adopting a multi-cloud strategy where their customer can run SAP solutions on other infrastructures rather than SAP’s […] Read more »

Police Future: Less Cops, More Drones

There seems to be a law that describes the usage sequence of new technology. First there is the military that take an interest in a new technology, then it is being consumerized,  and ultimately civil government takes an interest. Take the history of UAV’s. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have been around for over 150 years but […] Read more »

Dutch Software Innovation – We’re Scaling Up!

The Netherlands is scaling up its investments to become a true (software) innovation country. We initially thought we were half way there, but new research suggests we are skidding past that half way mark. First of all we rank as an innovation leader on the European Innovation Scoreboard 2016, placed on a fifth position, following […] Read more »

I am sorry Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.

These were the words of HAL (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer) to astronaut David Bowman in Arthur C. Clark’s novel ‘2001: A Space Odyssey (1969). As with many science fiction books, it takes a while before futuristic concepts become reality. In this case the onboard HAL 9000 computer concludes that the crew of the spacecraft is […] Read more »

Rise of the Machines Part 6: Self Driving Drones

Drones are hot, especially the flying ones. Their greatest benefit is their ability to perform arial surveys at very low cost. Packed with sensors and still evolving in range and size they are loved by information centric organizations. A drone’s ability to carry cargo, however, is still somewhat cumbersome. Information has no weight but physical […] Read more »