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Ford new CEO Farley eyes software, tech stack as differentiator vs. rivals

New Ford CEO Jim Farley’s plan for the automaker includes a heavy dose of software and services for its commercial vehicle business as well as new consumer experiences to drive loyalty.

Ford, which is in the middle of a turnaround of its core business, is trying to navigate a shift to electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles as well as an industry that is increasingly more about software. Farley takes over for Jim Hackett, who streamlined the automaker over the last three years. 

Farley outlined a series of leadership changes and a plan that includes “expanding its commercial vehicle business with a suite of software services that drive loyalty and recurring revenue streams” and “unleashing technology and software in ways that set Ford apart from competitors.”

In addition, Ford is looking to develop connected vehicles and create new businesses from the Argo AI self-driving system.

Ford on Roadshow: Ford Bronco ordering

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The Lost Art Of Software

Director of Engineering at Sabal Tech, Inc., overseeing the design and implementation of software that exceeds our customers’ expectations.

“You might not think that programmers are artists, but programming is an extremely creative profession. It’s logic-based creativity.” — John Romero

When we think of software engineers, we envision people with highly technical minds. We may go on to assume that these people did great in math and science courses. We tend to draw these conclusions because we’ve been conditioned to think of software development as a purely technical task. This is not the case, however, and I would even go as far as stating that the development of software is mostly an artistic craft with some highly technical elements sprinkled in.

A successful software product is not engineered once, deployed and forgotten. Rather, it is the result of an ongoing creative process, with its goalposts continually getting pushed

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Inside Palantir, Silicon Valley’s Most Secretive Unicorn

Palantir co-founders Peter Thiel and Alex Karp.

Palantir co-founders Peter Thiel and Alex Karp.
Photo: Getty Images

Back in 2003, John Poindexter got a call from Richard Perle, an old friend from their days serving together in the Reagan administration. Perle, one of the architects of the Iraq War, which started that year, wanted to introduce Poindexter to a couple of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who were starting a software company. The firm, Palantir Technologies, was hoping to pull together data collected by a wide range of spy agencies — everything from human intelligence and cell-phone calls to travel records and financial transactions — to help identify and stop terrorists planning attacks on the United States.

Poindexter, a retired rear admiral who had been forced to resign as Reagan’s national-security adviser over his role in the Iran-Contra scandal, wasn’t exactly the kind of starry-eyed idealist who usually appeals to Silicon Valley visionaries. Returning to the Pentagon after the

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HMI Software Market- Roadmap for Recovery From COVID-19 | Technological Developments In HMI Software to Boost the Market Growth

Technavio has been monitoring the HMI software market and it is poised to grow by $ 14.44 bn during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 12% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global HMI Software Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis. Download a Free Sample Report on COVID-19

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Hacked software provider acknowledges ransomware attack

A major U.S. provider of software services to state and local governments has acknowledged it was hit by a ransomware attack two days after telling clients an unknown intruder had compromised its phone and information technology systems

DALLAS — A major U.S. provider of software services to state and local governments acknowledged Friday it was hit by a ransomware attack two days after telling clients an unknown intruder had compromised its phone and information technology systems.

Tyler Technologies said in a statement that it confirmed the intruder used ransomware but did not provide further details on its response, citing an ongoing investigation. A spokesperson for the Dallas-area company did not directly answer a question about whether it had paid to have its systems unlocked.

Ransomware purveyors are increasingly breaking into company and government networks and siphoning

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BlackBerry posts surprise revenue rise on higher software, licensing demand

(Reuters) – Canada’s BlackBerry Ltd posted a surprise 6% rise in quarterly revenue on Thursday, as sales of its security software product rose and its patent licensing business strengthened.

U.S.-listed shares of BlackBerry, which sells security software to companies and governments as well as infotainment software to carmakers, rose 6% in early morning trade.

BlackBerry’s QNX car software sales, which had been under pressure due to a pandemic-related weakness in the U.S. auto industry, also improved in the quarter. Demand for new vehicles has been recovering after hitting a bottom in April, as lockdown restrictions ease and buyers return.

“Some signs of recovery in auto production point to sequential revenue growth and a return to a normal run rate for QNX by early next year,” Chief Executive John Chen said in a statement.

The quarter benefited from higher sales of the company’s core security software, Spark, as businesses continue to

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Software startup plans to add at least 250 jobs in Mass. after $300M funding round

Mirakl cofounder Adrien Nussenbaum
Mirakl cofounder Adrien NussenbaumPhoto courtesy of Mirakl

A startup with dual headquarters offices in Somerville and Paris plans to add as many as 250 jobs in the Boston area now that it has landed $300 million in new equity funding.

Mirakl cofounder Adrien Nussenbaum, whose firm creates and sells digital-marketplace software, said the roughly 300-person company is looking to add as many as 1,000 jobs over the next three years, including 250 in Greater Boston, in part due to the surge in revenue it is seeing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Permira Advisers was the lead investor, and was joined by existing Mirakl investors such as 83North, Bain Capital Ventures, Elaia Partners, and Felix Capital. Details of the transaction were not disclosed, but Mirakl said the latest funding round places the company’s valuation at more than $1.5 billion.

In the first half of the year, Mirakl’s North American sales

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Are You Planning To Change Your Business Software? Ask Yourself These Important Questions First

Founder and CEO at GB Advisors, he helps organizations digitally transform successfully.

A few months ago, a friend contacted me to ask for some recommendations related to his company. He intended to “modernize” his sales department and was convinced that the first step he should take was to change his current CRM software.   

After doing some research, and realizing that there were solutions that offered far more features than his current CRM, he was certain that the switch was the right decision. He wanted just to get my opinion about which specific solution was best for his organization.  

I then invited him to discuss his company’s current situation so I could advise him accordingly. However, the meeting did not end as he expected.   

Based on our conversation, he determined that the total cost of migrating was very high, that the change would take more time than he anticipated

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Microsoft, AWS cloud deals may reshape enterprise software ecosystem

  • Microsoft Azure and AWS are striking distribution deals with enterprise software providers in exchange for rights to host their data.
  • This partnership model has the potential to reshape the enterprise software ecosystem, but it could raise antitrust concerns.
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Leading enterprise cloud providers Microsoft and Amazon have struck deals in which software providers agree to purchase cloud storage from the companies, and the tech giants in turn help distribute the software through their sales channels, according to The Wall Street Journal. The practice has the potential to reshape the enterprise software industry—Big Cloud providers would become gatekeepers to the enterprise ecosystem, making it difficult for software providers to scale independently.

Global cloud infastructure services spend

Microsoft Azure and AWS are striking distribution deals with enterprise software providers.


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