The 'Internet of Things'

Esmeralda Swartz

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Esmeralda Swartz @ThingsExpo Slides: ▸ Here In the last blog we started the conversation on our findings from @Cloud Expo 2015 and @ThingsExpo 2015 as the industry came together to explore the impact of Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) on business models as we know them. While often the focus of IoT are consumer services and the sometimes over-simplification of what constitutes an IoT company or service, one area there is no disputing is the significant advancement in the Industrial Internet (a term made popular by GE). Ongoing improvements in sensor technologies - including performance, miniaturization, cost and energy consumption - make intelligent products more accessible. Industrial machinery, such as locomotives, wind turbines and jet engines, can come equipped with hundreds of sensors that measure more than 100,000 data points per minute. The physical and d... (more)

Internet of APIs Economy | @ThingsExpo @EsmeSwartz #IoT #M2M #API

2016 Predictions: Mobile, Internet of APIs Economy, AI, IoT and Hybrid Cloud With another year coming to a close, it's time to dust off the crystal ball for our annual predictions. However, before we forecast any new insights, I want to look back at our 2015 predictions, which could be best summarized as a maturing of technology innovations introduced in prior years. Now that the fundamentals are in place, there's potential for significant shifts in both software and vendor shakeups in 2016. The emerging battleground of innovation continues to heat up between companies that make t... (more)

Mobile, Internet of APIs Economy, AI, IoT and Hybrid Cloud By @EsmeSwartz | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Today we continue with our 2016 predictions. If you missed our first installment, you can find it here. 6. Hybrid cloud drives cloud adoption in enterprises. According to IDC, 80 percent of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017. This has significant implications for the way enterprises need to organize themselves. All enterprises, not just those on the cutting edge, need to adapt their business models to leverage services that are made possible by the cloud. Beyond the requisite cost reduction, new opportunities emerge with cloud that are im... (more)

Re-inventing the Enterprise in the Cloud

Why should enterprises move data and applications into the cloud? The discussion on cloud strategy is still to this day focused on cost-reduction, primarily featuring economies achieved in infrastructure, platform and even applications. Certainly no one is going to argue that this is all worth thinking about; every business needs to be aware of cost reduction opportunities. However a complete cloud strategy for an enterprise needs to be a whole lot more comprehensive than that. Enterprises, big and smaller, need to stretch their minds to take in the business opportunities that e... (more)

Is Internet of Things Really Internet of Agents? | Part 1

Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the resulting Internet of Things are leading us inexorably toward everything-as-a-service (XaaS). As more things get connected, the range of service opportunities expands. And as those services are presented online, they become available for use, re-use and re-purposing. At first thought, the idea of more connected devices suggests simply that there will be more devices around, and as such, more products for manufacturers to make and sell. That's true, but as I suggested in an earlier blog, even the manufacturers will realize that there is... (more)