CTO Straight Talk - Issue 2 - 4
CTO Straight Talk Team
Editor-in-Chief Paul Hemp
Managing Editor Neha Anand
in Real Time
Articles Editor Gil Press
Brand Manager Nishant Balyan
It's a new twist on the Internet of Things.
Contributing Writers Alan Earls, Stephanie Overby,
Today's sensor-embedded, network-connected intelligent objects
are changing our world in numerous ways, from generating an
abundance of customer data to ensuring that your "smart home"
living experience is optimized to your tastes and behaviors.
Copy Editor Amy Halliday
Art Director Tanvi Bhatia (ITSA Brand Innovations)
Designer and Concept Shamsul A, Madhav Agrawal,
Harish Kumar Chandani, Natasha Mehra
Editorial Advisory Board Rajat Agarwal, Apurva
But in the latest wrinkle, intelligent objects - intelligent products
- are generating data that is shaping their own future design.
Focus groups are being supplanted by direct user data, in some
Chamaria, Vittal Devarajan, Matt Preschern
cases radically altering the product development process.
Printing Lustra Print Process Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi
In this issue's cover article, "The Changing Face of Product
Intelligence," we learn how Babolat, the French maker of
tennis rackets, has embedded sensors in their products that
constantly gather usage data on such things as swing power,
impact location, and the types and number of strokes. This
information dictates product modifications that will improve the
performance of subsequent versions.
Ajai Kumar, Bharath Krishnaswamy, Harmeet S. Chauhan, Hirren
Turakhia, Hrishikesh Rajan, Jayateerth Hanmantgad, Manas
Ranjan Sahu, Ravi Kumar, Samaresh Swaro, Sathish Kumar M,
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This idea resonated with me as, over the past few months,
we have worked on the development of our new product, the
just-launched Straight Talk website and online portal, www.
straighttalkonline.com. Our goal is to make this the premier
source for experience-based professional insights from C-level
technology executives - but this is only the first version, Straight
Talk Online 1.0. We want to add new and useful types of content.
We want to foster a strong sense of community among users.
But what new types of content? How to foster an engaging
We'll get answers to those questions from usage data generated
by this product's "sensors." For that data to be helpful, users need
to give the product a real workout. So go to the site, engage with
the content, spend time with what's useful and move on from
what isn't. Offer your own professional insights by commenting
on articles, and share your suggestions for improving the site.
Because this is a website and not a tennis racket, the data will
sometimes trigger immediate changes, resulting in a constantly
evolving Straight Talk Online 2.0 that will become a truly
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CTO Straight Talk - Issue 2
CTO Straight Talk - Issue 2