The IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB) is meeting in Erlangen at the invitation of the German engineering giant, Siemens. The two-day meeting on 14 and 15 January will focus on opportunities for standardization related to emerging and disruptive technologies.
Cloud computing has taken the IT industry by storm. Estimated at USD 24.6 billion in 2010, cloud computing has already surpassed USD 100 billion and is expected to reach USD 150 billion by the end of 2020.
Manufacturers face many challenges of ensuring global supply chains and delivering global orders on time. Customer demands can change rapidly, bad weather and strikes can result in delays or cancellations of component parts, and machines do break down.
For the tech industry, the New Year begins with the annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas to attend the consumer technology show known as CES. According the organizers, CES will bring together over 4 500 exhibitor, 170 000 attendees and 1 100 speakers from over 45 countries.