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Podcast

2nd time on the Digital Enterprise Society Podcast with Thom Singer and Craig Brown.

Podcast: The Future of Configuration Management with Machine Learning. I joined Thom Singer and Craig Brown for a second time on the Digital Enterprise Society Podcast. I talk about the Future of Configuration Management. Topics like the CM2 Baseline, Machine Learning and Software over-the-air updates  were discussed.  You can find the podcast here: 149: THE FUTURE OF CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT WITH MACHINE LEARNING. Let me know what you think. More information about the topics we discussed… Read More »2nd time on the Digital Enterprise Society Podcast with Thom Singer and Craig Brown.

Timing

Timing is Everything

In air travel, timing is everything because we do not want to miss our flight or miss a connecting flight. Also, in stories, timing is everything, as it can make or break a story. The same holds for changes; timing can make or break a change. This article will explore the fourth and last component of the CM Baseline: Planning to be more precise Implementation Plans. If you missed any… Read More »Timing is Everything

Dependencies

Dependencies limit the possible sequences of events

If you missed the previous articles from the CM Baseline series, please check them out first: Understanding the Impact of Changes introduces the need for the CM Baseline. Connections tell the Story introduces the first component of the CM Baseline, the Business Object Graph. Intentions are the desire for new Stories, introduced the second component of the CM Baseline, the Impact Matrix. This article will explore the third component of the CM… Read More »Dependencies limit the possible sequences of events

Intentions are the desire for new Stories

In the CM Baseline series, I have used the analogy of flights, flight plans, gates, control towers to explain how difficult it becomes to manage changes and their dependencies to explain the need for the CM2 Baseline, a.k.a. As Planned/As Released Baseline ( ‘Understanding the Impact of Changes‘).  In ‘Connections tell the Story,’ I explained how a Business Object Graph connecting the data from a business perspective across the expert domain… Read More »Intentions are the desire for new Stories

Connections tell the Story

In my previous post, ‘Understanding the Impact of Changes‘, I used the analogy of flights, flight plans, gates, control towers to explain how difficult it becomes to manage changes and their dependencies. To address this, CM2 from the Institute for Process Excellence has a solution called the CM2 Baseline or a.k.a. the As Planned/As Released Baseline. And while the SAE-EIA-649C standard for Configuration Management in its latest revision hints at this type… Read More »Connections tell the Story

A discussion about The Future of CM

Just before the end of 2021 Jos Voskuil a.k.a. the Virtual Dutchman organized a discussion about the Future of Configuration Management with Lisa Fenwick from CMstat, Maxime Gravel from Moog and myself.  The focus of the discussion was on the impact of model-based and data-driven approaches. Check out the LinkedIn post or go to the article directly. Don’t forget to also read my own blog post which continues where we left the discussion: Understanding the Impact of Changes. Header picture by Jos Voskuil – source

Understanding the Impact of Changes

Imagine a world in which we do not have air traffic control, we do not have flight plans or track the progress against these flight plans, but we do have all the flights we have pre-covid19 and we only have line of sight. Every 45 seconds, a plane arrives or departs at any given major airport. How would you prevent catastrophic plane crashes in such a world? Probably flying would… Read More »Understanding the Impact of Changes

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