Car Repair – Technological Trends

To explain the entire technological history of the car would be quite difficult; therefore, a focus on car repair will give a limited scope in which the causes of technological evolution can be explored. Technological change has created the car as we know it today, but the question is why? Through what circumstances has the car gone from a simple steam powered cart to the computerized, GPS located vehicles that we know today?

One aspect central to the study of technological change is control. The industry concerned with repairing vehicles has always had some level of control over the repair of cars. At the same time, there has always been the tinkerer and do-it-yourselfer. Car engines have been an object of fascination since their inception, and they were originally much less technically complex, giving the everyday person the potential to learn the craft of automotive repair.

Different movements in the technological evolution of the automobile have involved a movement toward complexity and the locking out of the everyday car owner from the process of maintenance and repair. Vehicle repair is becoming more about specialized knowledge and access to software than the tinkerer, who has become relegated to the status of “consumer”. Why has this trend affected different aspects of vehicle design? The answer is complicated; it involves everything from simplifying controls to meet consumer demand to the emergence of digital technology.

One trend in the evolution of the car is the simplification of controls, even at the expense of making the internal mechanisms more complex. Cars that were previously started via a crank mechanism were followed by cars that could be started from the inside. Currently, cars are made to start at the push of a button. However, the starting mechanism itself, from the transition from crank to button, has itself become more mechanically complex. This has an effect on car repair, necessitating ever more specialized technical knowledge of car repair workers.

Another trend affecting the body of knowledge of car repair workers is the increasing encroachment of computers into cars. Cars are increasingly software powered. This is part of the larger technological trend of digitization. Mechanical and analog processes are substituted by digital solutions whenever possible.

Car repair has become just as much about software as it has about hardware. Much of this software is proprietary, meaning that it is designed so that only licensed dealers have the knowledge and ability to repair it. The problem this causes is that people can no longer work on their own vehicles, and in fact, doing so would break laws such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that makes it illegal to tamper with or modify proprietary software.

As repair becomes more and more specialized, requiring more technically skilled and trained workers, it will become more important for automobile repair shops to be licensed by car companies and dealership repair will likely grow in its control over the process of repair. The digitalization of cars and their control will likely continue as technology further develops.

Two Technology Trends in High-Frequency Trading

It was great to get back to the office after the Christmas break, no more cold turkey! Setting out plans for the coming year is a great opportunity to look at what the commentators are saying will be the trends of the New Year. The buzz in the High Frequency Trading space is all about the coming regulation and European Union MiFID 2 (Market in Financial Instruments Directive) in particular. I normally perceive regulation as a bad thing, more work with no gain, but we would not have the market fragmentation in Europe without MiFID; which broke the monopoly of country stock exchanges. 45% of the FTSE 100 stocks are now traded off the London Stock Exchange. The Tabb Group, a consultancy, reckons HFT accounts for 56% of all equities trades in the US and 38% in Europe. The trend can only go one way with more market players getting into the HFT style of trading.

Two technology trends to watch this quarter

Growth in the market is great news for us in the technology space but we are also seeing developments in the Low Latency Networking space that will affect the infrastructure designs we are providing. The first is Precision Time Protocol (IEEE 1588, PTP) in silicon on network cards and the second is purchase of Voltaire, subject to approvals.

What PTP means for the Low Latency market.

Accurate measurement of latency arbitrage. Traders will know to micro-second how long their position changes are taking and will be able to see arbitrage opportunities. The losers will have to get smarter which is good for market efficiency.
Consultants who have built a business on deploying estimated trade times by inserting probes and parallel processing runs will have to amend their approach because the network side will be producing accurate results, at last!
The providers of network kernel by-pass acceleration will be able to quickly and simply demonstrate the benefits of their technology, making it easier to sell the concept. Who can argue with figures that trustworthy that so a drop from 20ms to 9ms.

The other news at the end of last year was the purchase of Voltaire, the Infiniband infrastructure vendor, by silicon manufacturer Mellanox, the only other major player in the Infiniband tech space. This consolidation of the market will focus the attention on the furious Infiniband verses 10 Gigbait Ethernet (10GbitE) debate. Watching the vendors throwing stones at one another will be fun but the High Performance Computing market is big enough to support both technologies and I think the High Frequency Trading market will do the same.

Enterprise Technology Trend – The Professional Guide

Enterprise technology, in one word is the growth chronicle of business industry. Since last decade growth and its innovative planning has become an integral character of business expansion and quality existence in market. Now due to global exposure, companies are emerging as a global figure, at least they are trying to achieve their global status in terms of technology or the services they provide, and that is why it is necessary to be up dated about industry knowledge and its implications on trade scenarios.

Enterprise technology is the knowledge for the competitive industry and enterprise technology trend is the development quotient and inclination of market towards a particular, product, service, and change of attitude toward a business process which helps understanding the market and the associated trend for existence in the market.

Customer requirement, interoperability, supply-side efficiencies and due leveraging are the prime most factors for analyzing industry trend. The specific factors, apart from these prime issues, which help in gauging industry trend for enterprise technology, are mentioned here.

Industry consolidation is one of the major issues of understanding enterprise technology trend, etc. The merging trend, the acquisition character and trends, and global business related service and product launches are the most reliable ways to observe and analyze the industry trend from the aspect of enterprise technology trend issue.

Global business models are one of the most reliable resources to understand the industry trend. It is the analytic study of pursued efficiency level, back-office-cost saving modules, offshore outsourcing strategies, and meticulous leverage of global supply chain etc. play dominant role in acquiring a concrete idea about Global business models. At the same time discovering new markets and finding new customer segments are other proven ways for utilizing and implementing growth strategies for a specific company.

Price consolidation is a prime factor in understanding the complete perspective of industry enterprise technology trend. The cost of a product remains competitive when there is great demand for the product for the low quality product. Product or service use related data analysis can be the benchmark for launching new products and services in order to be ahead in own business category.

It is often find the big brands dominate the market. This happens for their major market share, quality control, and customer satisfaction factors. While the big companies feel their monopolies in achieving these sustaining issues by implementation of right products and right lunching and marketing plan, understanding the general trend may help them to form the strategy in a specific manner which produced excellent productivity.

Value added service availability is one of the major reasons for the success rate of a leading brand. The necessity of value added services play a major role in market; enterprise technology trend analysis helps in getting into the market with a certain service or product with a firm hand.