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Speed, Data and Ecosystems: Towards Building Autonomous Systems

We are living in the most exciting time in the history of mankind. The last century has seen unprecedented improvements in the quality of the human condition and technology is at the heart of this progress. Now we are experiencing an even bigger leap as we move towards a new level of digitisation and automation. Ranging from self-driving cars to factories without workers to societal infrastructure, every sensor and actuator is becoming connected and new applications that enable new opportunities are appearing daily. The fuel of this emerging Internet of Things reality is software. There are three areas where the companies seeking to survive and thrive in this new world need to be world leading: speed, data and ecosystems. Speed is concerned with converting new customer insights into deployed solutions in hours and days rather than months and years. Effective use of data coming from the field, both in development as in the applications themselves, is critical to ensure that we are building the right products that can successfully act autonomously where humans were involved earlier. Finally, successfully integrating ourselves in our business and technology ecosystems such that speed and data-driven development and execution expand beyond the boundaries of the company is crucial for success. The keynote first introduces the aforementioned development, then discusses the key areas of speed, data and ecosystems and finally presents the implications for organisations that seek to continue to be successful.

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Jan Bosch, Chalmers University of Technology
Jan Bosch is professor of software engineering and director of the software research center at Chalmers University Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Earlier, he worked as Vice President Engineering Process at Intuit Inc where he also lead Intuit’s Open Innovation efforts and headed the central mobile technologies team. Before Intuit, he was head of the Software and Application Technologies Laboratory at Nokia Research Center, Finland. Before joining Nokia, he headed the software engineering research group at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, where he holds a professorship in software engineering. He holds a MSc degree from the University of Twente, The Netherlands, and a PhD degree from Lund University, Sweden.