How does the Ford Model T predict the future of drones?

Industries have very predictable life cycles.  It starts with the “Pioneer Stage”: Dozens (if not hundreds) of manufacturers all try and promote different designs of a new product category.   Then the “Adoption Stage”: The market starts selecting the dominant designs and features and there is a refinement of those designs and features.  Next, the “Consolidation…

The Future of Data and Drones: How do you avoid vendor lock-in and move your data between vendors?

Article Series: The Future of Data and Drones: Lessons from the worlds of big data, enterprise software, and private equity. What will the world of drones and data look like in the next 10 years? This is a series of articles featured in UAV Commercial News exploring that question. We’ll look at how other industries…

The Future of Data and Drones: Do you own your own data about your drones and program? You’ll be surprised that you often don’t.

Article Series: The Future of Data and Drones: Lessons from the worlds of big data, enterprise software, and private equity. What will the world of drones and data look like in the next 10 years? This is a series of articles featured in UAV Commercial News exploring that question. We’ll look at how other industries…

The Future of Data and Drones: How do you get the data you need to support the key metric, Cost-Per-(Flight)-Minute?

Article Series: The Future of Data and Drones: Lessons from the worlds of big data, enterprise software, and private equity. What will the world of drones and data look like in the next 10 years? This is a series of articles featured in UAV Commercial News exploring that question. We’ll look at how other industries…

Why every drone operator should be a finance freak and love Asset Utilization (aka Cost-per-Flight-Minute)

We’ve talked before about how Southwest Airlines keeps its planes in the air (and how this makes money for Southwest).   The lesson for us is: the longer you keep the drone in the air, the more money you make.  Today we are building on that lesson with a little something for those finance freaks…

The Future of Data and Drones: AI and Big Data are useless unless you have the Key Metric for your drone program or drone business

Article Series: The Future of Data and Drones: Lessons from the worlds of big data, enterprise software, and private equity. What will the world of drones and data look like in the next 10 years? This is a series of articles featured in UAV Commercial News exploring that question. We’ll look at how other industries…