The latest thought leadership from our expert teams

Opinion

Who ate who? The semiconductor consolidation funnel [infographic]

25th October 2017

In the great semiconductor industry consolidation, who ate who? Our infographic shows completed acquisitions since 2015, then going back even further for acquired companies, to see which companies they...

  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Strategic advice
Opinion

Disruptive innovation, is it for everyone?

24th October 2017

'Innovation' – for many organisations the term is part of their company DNA, whilst others toy with the concept. Neither stance is right or wrong; some companies do well without constant innovation and others need to innovate just to survive the next quarter.

  • Innovation management
Opinion

The first lesson in digital transformation: 'digital-first' companies don't put digital first

24th October 2017

73% of mobile customers want their operators to be more like digital-first companies, such as Amazon, PayPal and Netflix

  • Digital services
Opinion

Modelling the world for the IIOT

23rd October 2017

It’s clear that narrow band IOT (NBIOT) is starting to deliver the coverage and reliability that industrial applications (IIOT) will need. Leaving aside the commercial paths (for instance 5G versus Sigfox)...

  • Cloud/scalable systems
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Data science & analytics
Opinion

Making consumer products sustainable by designing for disassembly – part 2

19th October 2017

Consumer products can be designed to enable an efficient disassembly process for recycling or repair. In my previous blog post on design for disassembly (DfD), I discussed how recycling rates...

  • Innovation management
  • Product realisation
Opinion

Engineering a better meeting: a human factors perspective to meeting efficacy

12th October 2017

Most of us have been in a meeting that has not gone as planned - how can human factors help?

  • Human factors
Opinion

Energy storage innovations at European Utility Week

11th October 2017

James Westley looks at how the variability in the supply of renewable energy from solar and wind is driving innovation in energy storage technologies

  • Mechanical engineering
Opinion

Industrial biotech - fear, doubt and saving the world

4th October 2017

As part of Cambridge Consultants’ Synthetic Biology initiative, we attended the Commercialising Industrial Biotechnology conference in San Diego

  • Synthetic biology
Opinion

Energy versus electricity

3rd October 2017

Several European countries are pledging to ban the sale of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles 

  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Sensing
Opinion

Making consumer products sustainable by designing for disassembly - part 1

2nd October 2017

Consumers have become very good at recycling; in the UK the mass of waste sent to landfill has decreased by 40% since the turn of the millennium...

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Product realisation
Interface

“A tool to complement humans, not to substitute them”

1st October 2017

Welcome to issue 63 of Interface. I took over as Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Consultants on October 1st of this year, only the 6th CEO over the last 47 years. At such a milestone I felt it would be...

Opinion

When will the lights go out?

29th September 2017

Can the national grid handle the growth of electric vehicles? I’m sure you’ve seen the headline, that if we were all to switch to electric vehicles (EVs) tomorrow the grid wouldn’t cope and, with a...

  • Industrial design
  • Mechanical engineering