Auto Analogies, Open Processes and Role Reversals

One can find ample analogies referring to the auto industry to explain a particular approach to building IT infrastucture to their customers. And the virtues of synergistic value addition through open software development process is not lost of millions of developers and software consumers. Isn't it time that the auto industry took notice and paid back these compliments to do a role reversal and adopt software industry analogies and embrace the open development process ?

Well, beginnings of such a trend may be manifesting quietly while US consumers grapple with ever increasing gas costs and the auto industry's slow response to this opportunity. This article shows how energetic individuals with a passion to add value can have the power of overriding corporate preoccupations, to create controversial, yet paradigm shifting innovations. At a time when the auto industry's response to the energy crisis has been to only cast a nelson's eye to the problem and continue with its old ways while providing chicken-feed to the bargainers, the innovators have been quietly using today's technology to bring more value. It shows the drive of an electrical engineer as an example, who further refined and enhanced the Toyota Prius battery operations to harness more energy from an already energy efficient engine system.

I especially loved the part in this article that talks about how after initially rejecting these approaches, Toyota is now considering listening to these part-time but passionate innovators who are today's version of the hot-rodders of the yesteryears.

One day, and soon, I would like to see the same open development process applied to various industries that respond to markets placidly and are in for an overdue awakening from rank outsiders who have only passion for innovation as their motivation. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8930811/

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