15 Mar 2021

I wanted to understand the pandemic’s impact on the DESIGN, BUILD & OPERATE phases of the Real Estate industry, so I pulled together an expert in each to create the first TechBurst Asia Podcast Panel.

The global pandemic has impacted every industry, but one industry that will face more impact than most is the Real Estate industry. In this podcast panel discussion, we’ll discuss…

  • Why it took a pandemic to kick-start innovation in an industry that is notoriously lax in adopting innovation
  • Why focusing on the human experience isn’t optional, it’s critical, to driving success
  • Work from Home – is it a passing fad or here to stay
  • Employee experience & well-being – will corporate empathy last in a post-Covid world
  • How what’s really changed is the speed of change

Guests:

Tim Kobe
  • Founder & CEO, Eight Inc. 
  • Founder & Chairman, x8ventures
  • Author of the new book, Return on Experience
Thomas Jakob
  • Regional President, Bosch.IO Asia Pacific
Susheel Koul
  • Division President – Corporate Solutions, JLL Asia Pacific

Show Notes:

02:00 Intro to the guests, their companies and the role they play in the Future of Buildings

03:30 What’s something that the pandemic has fundamentally changed with your business?

08:40 Once you got over the initial shock of the pandemic, what opportunities did you identify that your companies should go after?

14:20 Let’s say that I am your customer – and that could be a retail store, an office tenant, building owner, or city. Not only am I trying to ensure that I can create a safe and secure environment for my employees/customers/citizens to return to, but also an environment they WANT to return to. What advice would you give me?

21:15 You each sell products & services to corporate clients, but people are the end users. How do you incorporate the consumer – or employee – or citizen experience into your work?

27:50 One positive that has come about as a result of the pandemic, is that governments have used the time to fast-track their sustainability initiatives – which will hopefully lead to more green & energy efficient buildings in the future. How has this increased focus on sustainability impacted your company and your clients?

33:25 You each possess a vision for what is possible – even if the market isn’t ready for it. Tell me about something your company has the capabilities to deliver, but you’re still waiting for someone to say, “yeah, let’s go for it”.

38:20 The pandemic has forced companies to care more about the welfare of their employees. The question is, will this corporate empathy last when we shift into the post-pandemic world?

43:00 What is your key takeaway that the audience should remember for the post-Covid future…

47:00 Fast and fun round of questions

  • What’s your prediction for when we get back to business as usual – or will we?
  • Tell me something about the future of work that will be fundamentally different post covid. 
  • Work from home – will it last in a post-covid world? 
  • Tell me something your company has done during the pandemic that makes you proud. 
  • In pre-Covid days, we all spent much of our time travelling around the world for our work. But those days are long gone. What’s the best – and worst – thing about not having the crazy travel schedule?

Video Snippet: Is Work from Home a pandemic fad – or is it here to stay?



26 Mar 2020

So what exactly is the “3-2-1 podcast”? It includes 3 interviews with IoT industry leaders recorded over the 2 days of Bosch Connected World 2020 in Berlin – all in 1 podcast.

Episode Notes:

01:40 Tanja Rueckert, CEO & President of Bosch Building Technologies

We discuss Tanja’s keynote, “Vision or Reality? Intuitive, Intelligent and Integrated Buildings.”

19:25 Dirk Slama, Vice President Co-Innovation and IoT Alliances, Bosch.IO

We discuss the 2 key themes of BCW 2020 – addressing Global Warming / Sustainability and the intersection of AI and IoT, creating AIoT. In addition, Dirk discusses the launch of Bosch’s AI Code of Ethics – a set of guidelines that govern how Bosch will use AI with its intelligent products.

25:10 Thomas Jakob, Regional President Asia Pacific, Bosch.IO

We discuss the recent rebranding of Bosch Software Innovations to Bosch.IO. What is it and what has changed?



16 Jan 2020

Building a successful IoT business in Asia Pacific isn’t easy, but Bosch Software Innovations has done just that.

In this podcast, I speak with Thomas Jakob, Regional President for Asia Pacific, to find out how Bosch developed their impressive IoT solutions portfolio.

What I found most interesting is that while many tech vendors drive innovation by acquiring innovative companies, Bosch has built many of their own custom solutions – and partnered with start-ups to jointly develop others – to meet the diverse local requirements of the Asia Pacific market.

We hear about the importance of the “localisation” of solutions – Bosch in Asia Pacific is the perfect example of how it should be delivered.

(Note: In January 2020, Bosch Software Innovations was renamed Bosch.IO)

Show notes:

1:40 Intro to Thomas

2:50 Tell us about Bosch Software Innovations

4:20 Which industries does Bosch work with in Asia?

7:00 How Bosch is using technology to transform the agriculture industry

8:45 How Bosch sources innovation

10:00 Bosch’s new lift/elevator management solution

13:50 How Bosch has leveraged Smart Building solutions to IoT-ise their business

16:35 An overview of Bosch in China

18:40 The importance of localised solutions that meet customer requirements

25:00 What has kept the IoT industry from reaching its potential

29:25 What is the most interesting IoT market in Asia?

31:45 Name one solution over the past decade that has exceeded your expectations? And failed to live up to expectations?

35:20 The fun questions

  • Electric or classic cars?
  • German or Singaporean food?
  • Christmas by the fire or the beach?

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