Weber’s Journey: How a Top Grill Maker Serves Up Connected Cooking
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Established brands creating their first IoT offerings often need new knowledge and skills to guide their product development efforts. When one of the biggest names in household grills decided to enter the IoT space, the company set an aggressive timeline for rolling out new products — and hired a small team to bring the vision to market. Once Weber had launched its first IoT-based grill integration and smart thermometer, staff saw opportunities to hone and improve the customer experience while rolling out additional connected products.
Finding the right partners allowed Weber to scale to improve existing product quality and collect valuable feedback earlier in the new product development process.
Join Matt Hannan, Connected Lead, R&D – IoT at Weber-Stephen Products and Travis Howell, Solution Delivery Manager at Applause, to learn:
- How Weber worked with Applause to develop a testing program for connected grills and thermometers to improve platform stability and user experience
- Ways Weber was able to scale testing across different regions, platforms and devices to roll out new products in new geographic markets
- Key digital quality considerations for companies entering the IoT space.
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Matt Hannan, Connected Lead, R&D – IoT at Weber-Stephen Products
Matt joined Weber in January 2019 to oversee the company’s entry into the connected device market. Previously, he led product development teams at Continental and Snap-on Tools. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Marquette University and an MBA with a concentration on finance and operations from DePaul University’s Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
Travis Howell, Solution Delivery Manager at Applause
Travis joined Applause’s uTest community in 2010 and became a project manager for Applause in 2014. Before that, he held project management and technical analyst roles at Corporation Service Company, Lincoln Financial Group, and Honeywell. He holds a bachelor’s in economics from Penn State University.
Sam Lucero, Chief Analyst, IoT Services & Technologies, Omdia
Sam Lucero has provided technology market analysis as an industry analyst since 2001. Since 2005 he has focused exclusively on analyzing the IoT market opportunity. In doing so, Sam has established leading IoT market research programs, managed international teams of industry analysts, and authored numerous reports, forecast databases, and topical articles providing insight on IoT market trends and the competitive landscape. He has been widely quoted in news and trade journals, from the New York Times and the Economist to CNET and Wireless Week. Furthermore, Sam has moderated, presented, and judged at many industry events, including CTIA and CERAWeek.