07 Mar '16, 6pm

It’s Time the Software People and Mechanical People Sat Down and Had a Talk -

I own and operate hardware based businesses. We take raw materials and turn them into finished products. Unlike software that generally runs the same way each time, there are so many subtle moving parts that are more analog than binary in their operation. It’s extremely capitally intensive. Single machines can run in the seven figures to purchase and costs are ongoing as the unit depreciates and breaks down and gets used. Plus, you need overhead to store it, keep the lights on and run it. The biggest issue with the mechanical world, as the author touched on, is that there are very real costs to do ANYTHING. You have a limited ability to production line items once you set everything up but swapping things out is hard. Retooling is hard and expensive. Installing a software module might take a few seconds and then can be deployed across an entire build. Moving a single machin...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2016/03/07/its-time-the-software-guys...

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