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Think Big – Now Think Even Bigger
  Join Us @ThingsExpo West Nov 4-6 in Silicon Valley!


The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.

All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices--computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors--connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades.

With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be!

Expanded Tracks!
Delegates to @ThingsExpo West will be able to attend three separate, information-packed tracks:

  • Consumer IoT
  • Enterprise IoT
  • IoT Developer

There are 45 breakout sessions in all, with Keynotes, General Sessions, and Power Panels adding to three days of incredibly rich presentations and content.


We'll see you in Santa Clara!



Internet of @ThingsExpo Power Panel | Is the Internet of Things a Revolution?
In this Internet of @ThingsExpo Power Panel, on June 9 at our New York City studio, Internet of @ThingsExpo conference chair Roger Strukhoff led a discussion with panelists Nick Landry, Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft; Mac Devine, Distinguished Engineer at IBM; Jonas Jacobi, Co-Founder & President of Kaazing; Chad Jones, Vice President, Product Strategy for LogMeIn's Xively IoT Platform; and Brendan O'Brien, Co-founder at Aria Systems on how the future of computing lies in things and how, as computing takes a much more active role in our lives, it will at the same time become much more invisible.
Themes & Topics to Be Discussed

Consumer IoT
• Wearables
• Smart Appliances
• Smart Cars
• Smartphones 2.0
• Automation
• Smart Travel
• Personal Fitness
• Health Care
• Personalized Marketing
• Customized Shopping
• Personal Finance
• The Digital Divide
• Mobile Cash & Markets
• Games & The IoT
• The Future of Education
• Virtual Reality

Enterprise IoT
• The Business Case for
x IoT
• Smart Grids
• Smart Cities
• Smart Transportation
• The Smart Home
• M2M
• Authentication/Security
• Wiring the IoT
• The Internet of
x Everything
• Digital Transformation
x of Enterprise IT
• Agriculture
• Transportation
• Manufacturing
• Local & State
x Government
• Federal Government

IoT Developers
• Eclipse Foundation
• Cloud Foundry
• Linux Containers
• Node-Red
• Open Source Hardware
• Ajax and the IoT
• Leveraging SOA
• Multi-Cloud IoT
• Evolving Standards
• WebSockets
• Security & Privacy
x Protocols
• GPS & Proximity
x Services
• Bluetooth/RFID/etc
• XMPP
• Nest Labs



The Top Keynotes, the Best Sessions, a Rock Star Faculty and the Most Qualified Delegates of ANY Internet of Things Event!


The future of computing lies in these things. As computing takes a much more active role in our lives it will at the same time become much more invisible. Internet of Things Expo will address the challenges in getting from where we are today to this future.
 
The high-energy event is a must-attend for senior technologists from CEOs on down – including CIOs, CTOs, directors of infrastructure, VPs of technology, IT directors and managers, network and storage managers, network engineers, enterprise architects, and communications and networking specialists.




SYS-CON's Cloud Expo drew more than 7,000 attendees at Jacob Javits Center
Benefits of Attending the Three-Day Technical Program
  LEARNexactly why Internet of Things is relevant today from an economic, business and technology standpoint.
  HEAR first-hand from industry experts the common issues and requirements for creating a platform for the Internet of Things.
  SEE what new tools and approaches the Internet of Things requires.
  DISCOVER how to drive a distributed approach to the Internet of Things, where applications move to the data.
  FIND OUThow the vast volumes of new data produced by the Internet of Things provides a valuable new source of business insight through advanced analytical techniques.
  MASTER how the ongoing development of smart cities, cars, and houses will enhance connectivity infrastructure.
SYS-CON Events Expo Floor at New York City’s Jacob Javits Convention Center


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@ThingsExpo Silicon Valley 2014 Sample Sessions

The 7 Steps to Real World Business Transformation on the Internet of Things
By Chad Jones

The Internet of Things promises to transform businesses (and lives), but navigating the business and technical path to success can be difficult to understand. This presentation will show you how to approach creating broadly successful connected customer solutions using real world business transformation studies including New England BioLabs and more. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Chad Jones has eighteen years' experience driving strategic initiatives in IoT, cloud, virtualization and infrastructure while evangelizing the vision of a better world through technology. At LogMeIn, he drives product and go-to-market strategy for the company's Xively IoT platform as well as evangelizes the company's vision for the Internet of Things. [continued]

The Perfect Storm Intensifies - The Convergence of BigData, Cloud and the Internet of Things is Now at Full Strength
By Mac Devine

Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity. Without bringing these three elements together via Systems of Discover you either end up with an Internet of somethings and/or a big mess of data. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mac has 24 years of experience with networking and virtualization. The first 7 of those years were spent in mainframe software development where he served as chief programmer for several VTAM releases. Mac then moved to mainframe software design where he served as chief designer for several Communications Server releases and lead the design work for Sysplex and SNA over IP networking (aka Enterprise Extender). [continued]

Digital Disciplines: Strategies for Things and the Cloud
By Joe Weinman

The Internet of Things is a natural complement to the cloud and related technologies such as big data, analytics, and mobility. This talk lays out four generic strategies--digital disciplines--to exploit emerging digital technologies for strategic advantage. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Joe Weinman has held executive leadership positions at Bell Labs, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, and Telx, in areas such as corporate strategy, business development, product management, operations, and R&D. Named a "Top 10 Cloud Computing Leader" by TechTarget, Weinman is the author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing, chairman of the IEEE Intercloud Testbed executive committee, a frequent global keynote speaker and contributor to Gigaom, InformationWeek, Forbes, and other print and online publications, and the founder of Cloudonomics: a quantitatively rigorous, multidisciplinary approach to valuing the cloud. [continued]

The Physical Web
By Scott Jensen

Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices

Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using the URL as a basic building block, we open this up and get the same resilience that the web enjoys. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Scott Jenson has been at the forefront of user interface design for over 25 years. He was the first member of the User Interface group at Apple in the late 80s, working on System 7, the Apple Human Interface Guidelines and the original Newton. Following that he was Director of Product Design for Symbian, then managed the mobile UX group at Google and was Creative Director at frog design. Scott is now back at Google, on a quest to bridge the physical and digital worlds. [continued]

Identity Management and WebRTC
By Peter Dunkley

We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service - possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings - and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorisation, and validation. Service providers will want to use their existing identities, but these will have credentials already that are (hopefully) irreversibly encoded. This presentation looks at how this identity problem can be solved and discusses ways to use existing web identities for real-time communication. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Peter is Technical Director at Acision. He graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science. After graduation Peter worked on a PSTN switch developing signalling stacks for SS7, ISDN and similar protocols and creating advanced routing and service applications. [continued]

Getting the Most out of Your SDN
By Steve Riley

Fundamentally, SDN is still mostly about network plumbing. While plumbing may be useful to tinker with, what you can do with your plumbing is far more intriguing. A rigid interpretation of SDN confines it to Layers 2 and 3, and that's reasonable. But SDN opens opportunities for novel constructions in Layers 4 to 7 that solve real operational problems in data centers. "Data center," in fact, might become anachronistic— data is everywhere, constantly on the move, seemingly always overflowing. Networks move data, but not all networks are suitable for all data. Finding (or building) the right network, with the right applications, is still a labor-intensive task. Must it always be this way? No: for networks themselves will soon be expressed as code. Finally, the data, the applications that process it, the networks that move it, and the objects that store it can all be described by software constructs—let's call this collection a super-blob—in the hands of skilled developers. Freed from their dependence on any given location, super-blobs can move around as necessary, resting on any physical fabric that can satisfy their requirements. As requirements change, locations may change—while preserving all application states. Location-independent computing is within our grasp. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Steve Riley is Technical Leader in the Office of the CTO at Riverbed Technology. His role is to research cutting-edge developments that help customers maximize their infrastructure investments. This includes working with customers to develop and improve technical architectures, incorporating feedback into the product planning and development processes. His specialties include information security, compliance, reliability, privacy, and policy. [continued]

Network Security: Is It Time to Think Like a Thief?
By Dr Rishi Bhargava

What do a firewall and a fortress have in common? They are no longer strong enough to protect the valuables housed inside. Like the walls of an old fortress, the cracks in the firewall are allowing the bad guys to slip in – unannounced and unnoticed. By the time these thieves get in, the damage is already done and the network is already compromised. Intellectual property is easily slipped out the backdoor leaving no trace of forced entry. If we want to reign in on these cybercriminals, it's high time we start thinking the way these thieves think. If we don't, malware, rootkits, AETs and other nefarious threats will continue to undermine our sense of security. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Rishi Bhargava is Vice President and General Manager of Software Defined Datacenter Group, Intel Security Solutions Division at Intel Security, Inc. A visionary and technology enthusiast, he is responsible for delivering Intel integrated Security Solutions for datacenters. Prior to his current role, Rishi was Vice President of Product Management for Datacenter and Server security products at McAfee, Part of Intel Security. During his tenure at McAfee, he led product management teams and launched multiple products to establish McAfee leadership in Risk & Compliance, Virtualization and Cloud security. [continued]

Public and Private Cloud: Not Two Competing Worlds but Two Dimensions in the Same World
By Mårten Mickos

The industry is heated with debates on whether adopting private or public cloud is the smartest, best, cheapest, you name it choice. But this debate is missing the mark. Businesses shouldn't be discussing public vs. private, but rather how can they make the two work together to their greatest advantage. The ideal is to merge on-premise and off-premise into a seamless environment that can be managed as a single entity. A forward-looking stance that will eventually see major adoption. But as of late 2013, hybrid cloud was still "rare," noted Gartner analyst Tom Bittman. In this discussion, Marten will talk about how public clouds need on-premise satellites to win and conversely, how on-premise environments cannot be really powerful unless they are connected to the public cloud. It's not two competing worlds. It's two dimensions of the same world. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Marten Mickos builds global disruptive businesses. As CEO of MySQL AB for seven years, Mickos grew that company from a garage start-up to the second largest open source company in the world. After the acquisition by Sun Microsystems of MySQL AB for $1bn, he served as Senior Vice President of Sun's Database Group. [continued]

Why Can't We All Just Get Along: Integrating Development and Operations for Peace, Harmony, and Agility
By Bernard Golden

All too many discussions about DevOps conclude that the solution is an all-purpose player: developer and operations guru, complete with pager for round-the-clock duty. For most organizations that is not the way forward. This session will discuss how to achieve the agility and speed of end-to-end automation without requiring an organization stocked with Supermen and Superwomen. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Bernard Golden is Vice President, Strategy at ActiveState. Named in Wired.com as one of the ten most influential persons in cloud computing, he is a recognized visionary in the field. Prior to joining ActiveState, Bernard was Senior Director, Cloud Computing, for Dell Cloud Manager. Bernard joined Dell as a result of its acquisition of Enstratius where he served as Vice President, Enterprise Solutions. Before joining Dell Enstratius, Bernard founded and led HyperStratus, a global cloud computing consultancy serving customers like Korea Telecom, BMC, Pepsi and Unilever. [continued]

Building an Agile Big Data Infrastructure: A Different View
By Cory Isaacson

There is no doubt that Big Data is here and getting bigger every day. Building a Big Data infrastructure today is no easy task. There are an enormous number of choices for database engines and technologies. To make things even more challenging, requirements are getting more sophisticated, and the standard paradigm of supporting historical analytics queries is often just one facet of what is needed. As Big Data growth continues, organizations are demanding real-time access to data, allowing immediate and actionable interpretation of events as they happen. Another aspect concerns how to deliver data in a meaningful way, one that really delivers on what end-users need to maintain a competitive position in fast-changing markets. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Cory Isaacson is CEO/CTO of CodeFutures Corporation, maker of dbShards, a leading database scalability suite providing a true "shared nothing" architecture for relational databases. Cory has authored numerous articles in a variety of publications including SOA Magazine, Database Trends and Applications, and recently authored the book Software Pipelines and SOA (Addison Wesley). [continued]

Reading Your Customers: How the Data Science of Email is Solving Today's Business Problems
By Aaron Beach

There are 182 billion emails sent every day, generating a lot of data about how recipients and ISPs respond. Many marketers take a more-is-better approach to stats, preferring to have the ability to slice and dice their email lists based numerous arbitrary stats. However, fundamentally what really matters is whether or not sending an email to a particular recipient will generate value. Data Scientists can design high level insights such as engagement prediction models and content clusters that allow marketers to cut through the noise and design their campaigns around strong, predictive signals, rather than arbitrary statistics. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Aaron Beach is a data scientist with experience in email services, energy systems, privacy, social networks, mobile apps, natural language processing, recommendation systems and Big Data. He has a PhD in Computer Science and has published over 25 research papers. [continued]


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One Line of Code That Changed the Web Forever: Accelerating the Web for the Internet of Things
By John Fallows & Jonas Jacobi

The definition of IoT is not new, in fact its been around for over a decade. What has changed is the public's awareness that the technology we use on a daily basis has caught up on the vision of an always on, always connected World. If you look into the details of what comprise the IoT then you'll see that it includes everything from Cloud computing, Big Data Analytics, "Things", Web communication, Applications, Network, Storage, …. It is essentially including everything connected online from hardware to software, or as we like to say, its an Internet of many different things. The difference is that what has in the past been disparate and disconnected systems are now rapidly becoming uniform, connected, and always-on systems. [continued]

Speaker Bios: John Fallows brings to Kaazing his 17 years' experience in technology development and software design, and is considered a pioneer in the field of rich and highly interactive user interfaces. As CTO he formulates Kaazing Corporation's vision of enabling mobile users, marketplaces and machines to connect and communicate in real-time, more reliably and at unprecedented scale.

Jonas Jacobi has 21 years of experience leading the development of innovative technology products and services. Together with Kaazing's Co-Founder & CTO John Fallows, he pioneered and championed the groundbreaking HTML5 WebSocket standard. [continued]

Systems of Discovery - The Perfect Storm of BigData, Cloud and Internet-of-Things
By Mac Devine

Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet-of-Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of BigData generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity. Without bringing these three elements together via Systems of Discover you either end up with an Internet of somethings and/or a big mess of data. This session will focus on how to ensure businesses have the right plans in place for Systems of Discovery for the Internet-of-Things world we are entering. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mac has 24 years of experience with networking and virtualization.

The first 7 of those years were spent in mainframe software development where he served as chief programmer for several VTAM releases. Mac then moved to mainframe software design where he served as chief designer for several Communications Server releases and lead the design work for Sysplex and SNA over IP networking (aka Enterprise Extender).

In 2000, Mac went on temporary assignment for 2 years to assist the new networking alliance teams (IBM/Cisco, IBM/Nortel) in the role of lead solutions architect. Upon conclusion of this temporary assignment, he started the Linux Networking Solutions team within Enterprise Platform Software and served as it's product director and chief architect.

In 2005, Mac started the Enterprise Platform Software Architecture Board and served as it chairman. The ESAB is the System z focus area for the SWGAB and is responsible for the architecture, design and strategy of solutions using IBM middleware on System z. [continued]

Open Source IoT at Eclipse: Standards, Frameworks and Tools for IoT Developers
By Ian Skerrett

The Eclipse IoT community is growing community of open source projects focused on providing the building blocks for the IoT industry. The goal of the community is to provide open source implementations of important IoT standards, frameworks that implement key services for IoT applications and tools to make it easier for developers to create IoT applications. If IoT is going to achieve success and interoperability then the industry will need these basic building blocks.

In this presentation, Ian Skerrett will introduce the Eclipse IoT open source community. He will provide a detailed introduction to the 12 different open source projects already at Eclipse, including support for IoT standards such as MQT, CoAP, One M2M and Lightweight M2M. He will also discuss how companies and individuals can use the Eclipse open source building blocks to build IoT applications. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Ian Skerrett is Director of Marketing at the Eclipse Foundation. Although the community is the Eclipse marketing machine, he supports the projects and member companies to increase the awareness of all the cool stuff happening at Eclipse. [continued]

Making the Internet of Things Real for Business
By Chad Jones

The physical world holds the key to unlocking unseen business opportunities that expand revenue, optimize operations and delight customers and users. What if you could turn normally hidden bits of information in your business' physical assets into valuable insights that fuel growth and drive intelligent, automated action? By leveraging the Internet of Things, you can realize previously inaccessible value, but for many companies, understanding how to do this is a complete mystery. This session will reveal how to quickly make the IoT real for your business and accelerate innovation. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Chad Jones is an expert in cloud, virtualization and infrastructure technologies. Mr. Jones has over eighteen years' experience driving strategic initiatives for start-ups and Fortune 50 companies alike and has traveled the world discussing a vision for a better world through technology. At Xively, a subsidiary of LogMeIn (NASDAQ:LOGM) and formerly known as COSM, he drives the strategic product roadmap for Xively Cloud Services™, oversees go-to-market strategy as well as continuing to evangelize Xively's vision for the Internet of Things. [continued]

Monetizing the 'Internet of Things'- What You Need to Know Now
By Brendan O'Brien

There's no doubt that the "Internet of Things" is driving the next wave of innovation. Google has spent billions over the past few months vacuuming up companies that specialize in smart appliances and machine learning. Already, Philips light bulbs, Audi automobiles, and Samsung washers and dryers can communicate with and be controlled from mobile devices. To take advantage of the opportunities the "Internet of Things" brings to your business, you'll want to start preparing now. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Brendan O'Brien is a Co-founder at Aria Systems and the inventor of cloud billing. It is fair to say he introduced the world to cloud billing, and innovated database-driven, enterprise-grade web applications - before the concept of "cloud" was even on the horizon. O'Brien is at the forefront of the recurring revenue revolution that is empowering enterprises -- and specifically enabling information systems and new business models to secure predictive revenue streams while improving business processes. [continued]

XMPP - Unified Communication for IoT
By Rikard Strid

The more things we have connected to the Internet the greater the opportunities are to create innovations. Even more innovation is enabled when devices are connected to Internet in an Open way that enables to leverage the potential of countless innovative companies that leads to more jobs and a stronger economy. When we enable for devices to be reachable on the open Internet outside of closed proprietary environments, their usage options are no longer limited to the ideas or the development capability of their original manufacturers – that will change everything. Interconnection between things from countless sources creates a platform. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Rikard Strid is the founder of Clayster and an Internet activist about to change the structure of how we understand and live with information. He is involved to make XMPP the core standard and an Open Unified Real-Time Infrastructure for IoT. IoT must be built on future ideas not legacy ideas. [continued]

Big Data's Potential in Securing the Internet of Things
By James G. Kobielus

Security is critical to Internet of Things (IoT) adoption because we want to make sure we can trust the sensors, actuators, rules engines and other connected componentry we embed in every element of our existence. Bringing this down to earth is as easy as pointing out that people's smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, appliances, entertainment centers and home security systems are all becoming IoT-connected endpoints. How vulnerable will you be to security vulnerabilities and privacy violations from any and all of these? In this session, Kobielus will discuss how IT professionals should approach addressing the security challenges of IoT. He will describe IoT vulnerabilities at the device, application, and network level. He will present a multi-layered IoT-security vision that includes incorporation of robust security protections into IoT products plus more global approaches that rely on consolidated big-data-powered security incident and event monitoring. [continued]

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Speaker Bio: James Kobielus is an industry veteran and serves as IBM's big data evangelist, as program director for big data analytics product marketing, and as editor-in-chief of IBM Data Magazine. He spearheads IBM's thought leadership activities in Big Data, Hadoop, enterprise data warehousing, advanced analytics, and cognitive computing. He advises IBM's product management and marketing teams on big data analytics. He has spoken at such leading industry events as Hadoop Summit, Strata, and Forrester Business Process Forum. He has published several business technology books and is a very popular provider of original commentary on blogs and many social media. [continued]

Internet of Everything
By Vasyl Mylko

Today, the technological progress that is accelerating business and life is observed as many things from a breakthrough in broadband connectivity globally to client-cloud architectures. The session reveals how business models are being transformed, why all companies become software companies, how IT infrastructure is being redesigned and rebuilt to support business changes. It will review how design and programming paradigms have evolved since SaaS golden times, why advanced analytics is a modern magic wand for decision makers, and how advanced analytics is emerging from [and together with] the Internet of Everything. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mr. Mylko has been the Director of Research & Development at SoftServe, Inc. since 2008. He is responsible for research and thought leadership including Internet of Everything, Advanced Analytics, User Experience, and Mobility & Wearables. Mr. Mylko holds a Master's Degree in Cybernetics from Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, Ukraine. His core competencies include technology and feasibility, user experience, usability, mobility, cloud and security, virtualization, and enterprise architecture within many vertical markets, especially healthcare. Prior to leading the Research & Development department, he ran a prominent strategic business unit of 80 software engineers principally responsible for multimedia projects. [continued]

Wiring the Internet of Things with Node-RED
By Nick O'Leary

The Internet of Things is not a single choice of technology, approach or philosophy. Its very existence is the bringing together of multiple platforms, products and protocols, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. One of the challenges of IoT is to make it as easy as possible to allow developers to make things, for play or profit, serious or whimsical, professional or hobbyist. Node-RED is an open-source visual tool for wiring the Internet of Things. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Nick O'Leary is an Emerging Technology Specialist at IBM where he gets to do interesting things with interesting technologies and also play with toys. [continued]

Case Study. IoT In The Field Force Automation
By Yakov Fain

From software development perspective IoT is about programming "things", about connecting them with each other or integrating them with existing applications. This case study will show you how small IoT-enabled devices from multiple manufacturers can be integrated into workflow of an enterprise application. This is a practical demo of building a framework and components in HTML/Java/Mobile technologies to serve as a platform that can integrate new devices as they become available on the market. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Yakov Fain is a co-founder of two software companies: Farata Systems and SuranceBay. He authored several technical books and lots of articles on software development. Yakov is Java Champion (https://java-champions.java.net). He leads leads Princeton Java Users Group. Two of Yakov's books will go in print this year: "Enterprise Web Development" (O'Reilly) and "Java For Kids" (No Starch Press). [continued]

The Rise of Wearables: Opportunities and Impacts
By Tom Wesselman

Big data, cloud, analytics, wearable tech, sensors: together these technology advances have created a perfect storm of opportunity that is poised to set business processes and communications on a trajectory of massive change. In this session, Tom Wesselman, Director of Communications Architecture of wearable device pioneer, Plantronics, will deliver an overview of the technology advances already here, still required, or complementary to the space, and outline opportunities and impacts as the rise of wearables continues [continued]

Speaker Bio: Tom Wesselman is the Director of Communications Architecture at Plantronics. His focus is connecting the capabilities of Plantronics products to the world around them. [continued]

IoT, Code Halos, Meaning-making and Digital Transformation
By Kevin Benedict

Digital transformation is impacting most every industry and revolutionizing many. It is forcing enterprises to rethink their strategies for customer interactions and engagements, and to consider how IT infrastructures and business models must evolve to support them. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. [continued]

New Security Models for the IoT
By Davi Ottenheimer

An entirely new security model is needed for the internet of things, or is it? Can we save some old and tested controls for this new and different environment? This presentation reviews hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveals a new risk balance you might not expect. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, has more than nineteen years' experience managing global security operations and assessments, including a decade of leading incident response and digital forensics. [continued]

Five Key Issues for The DNS of Things
By Peter Silva

The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon and URL and all embedded content on a website requires a DNS lookup loading complex sites necessitates hundreds of DNS queries. In addition, as more internet enabled 'Things' get connected, people will rely on DNS to name and find their fridges, toasters and toilets. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Peter Silva covers security for F5's Technical Marketing Team. After working in Professional Theatre for 10 years, Peter decided to change careers. Starting out with a small VAR selling Netopia routers and the Instant Internet box, he soon became one of the first six Internet Specialists for AT&T managing customers on the original ATT WorldNet network. [continued]

Intelligent Systems in Transportation
By James Kirkland

Intelligent systems may share common architectures, but they can solve a variety of challenges—from increasing accuracy with a rail signalling system to improving safety with an air traffic control system. In the transportation industry, addressing these challenges is particularly critical in order to ensure safety, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. Join our discussion of real-world use cases in the transportation industry and how open source technologies can create integrated, interoperable, and reliable systems of thousands of devices. [continued]

Speaker Bio: James Kirkland is an Enterprise Solutions Architect at Red Hat. He has been working with Unix variants for 14 years. James is Linux LPIC level one certified, an RHCE, and a HP-UX certified System Administrator. He has been working with Linux for nine years, VMware for four years, and hp-ux for ten years. He has been a participant at HP World, Linux World, and numerous internal HP forums. [continued]

IoT Meets SDN for WANs -- Keeping Networks Secure & Manageable
By Jay Friedman

Reduce networking costs! Increase cyber security! Deploy applications faster! Add connectivity to our new office now! We're under attack now – drop everything and jump on it now! How does IT management keep up with these demands? On top of that challenge, the promises of the Internet of Things (IoT) are that the pace of change will increase 10x with new applications and new devices added to networks – forecasts are be between 50 billion and 200 billion over the next several years -- and using ever more wireless protocols. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Jay Friedman, president of Distrix Inc., has more than 30 years of high-tech experience. He spent almost half his career with Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems in executive and product-management roles. [continued]

Show Them the Money, Customers in the Age of IoT Agents.
By Jason Mondanaro

The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. For this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money! [continued]

Speaker Bio: Jason is a global thought leader for cloud billing and micropayment technologies. He drives product leadership and third-party cloud vendor integrations for Metanga, MetraTech's cloud-based billing solution. [continued]

Big Data and The Internet of Things: A Survey of the Architecture and Technology That Will Connect the World
By Dan Rosanova

his session will examine how Big Data and Cloud Computing Technologies will shape the emerging Internet of Things that promises to connect a trillion devices in the next decade. The sheer numbers and volume of devices and data will overwhelm existing network and data management architectures currently deployed. From network topology and architectural framework to components and platforms this talk will provide a coherent introduction to the emerging Internet of Things powered by Big Data and the Cloud. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Dan Rosanova is a three-time Microsoft BizTalk Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with over fourteen years of experience delivering solutions on Microsoft and Solaris platforms in the financial services, insurance, banking, telecommunications, and logistics industries, where he has specialized in high volume and low latency distributed applications. [continued]

Practical IoT NOW: Lessons Learned & Real Examples
By Reid Carlberg

A lot of people are heralding IoT as the future, but what can your business do today? Quite a lot, it turns out, if you know what to look for and how to talk about it. In this session, we will discuss business processes ripe for IoT style solutions and provide real world examples in operation today. We'll also cover several fun ways to inspire your organization, share some lessons learned about solution development and offer several next steps designed to get you started. Join us and learn how to kickstart your company's IoT efforts into high gear. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Reid Carlberg hacks quadcopters, automates 3D printers and built the only hot sauce-inator in enterprise software today. As a Senior Director on the Developer Evangelism team at Salesforce.com, Reid helps developer communities around the world understand and work with the Salesforce1 Platform. [continued]


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PTC has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Axeda Corporation, a pioneer in the development of solutions to securely connect machines and sensors to the cloud, for approximately $170 million in cash. “The world we live in is changing around us, and the pace of that change is accelerating as more and more machines, sensors, and products connect via the Internet to their makers, to their operators, and to each other,” said PTC president and CEO Jim Heppelmann. “In recent years, products have become tremendous sources of intelligence as they have been increasingly instrumented with sensors. Until now, manufacturers have been constrained in their ability to securely collect that data and make sense of it all. Axeda’s innovative approach to machine connectivity delivers exactly what manufacturers need to capitalize on the massive amounts of data now available from their smart, connected products.”
Ukraine sits on the precipice of civil war. Beneath the ostensible storyline of protests against the government of Viktor Yanukovych and recent laws it's enacted lies what is likely an insuperable rift between the eastern and western regions of the country. The east, archetyped by Sovietized industrial places such as Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk, leans toward Russia. This is Yanokovych country. Russia's supreme leader Vladimir Putin lurks in the background of any discussion here. The west, personified by the tech-savvy city of Lviv, feels close to is Western European neighbors and the United States. This is the realm of Viktor Yusschenko, the former president known for being poisoned, disfigured, and almost killed by his political opponents. It's also the side that the intellectual heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko has chosen. Kiev, the nation's capital and site of the most visible current protests, sits in the West geographically but is a city that has also played an important role in Russian history over the centuries. It straddles the powerful Dnieper River, which runs the course of the country and serves as a general divider between the east and west and thei...
A web of large-scale business and trade connections is making it difficult to imagine a successful strategy and tactics to counter Vladimir Putin's Crimean land grab. Putin himself seems to be unconcerned with nuance and complication, as he bulldozes onward. Russia's abrupt takeover of the region seems to have been cynically planned to occur just as Putin was basking in the afterglow of demonstrating his power in running a terror-free Olympic games. Commentators worldwide are slinging wild comparisons of Putin's actions with historical events. But it seems to me that the most recent, and perhaps most relevant, comparison is Russia's actions in the country of Georgia a few years ago, where it went to war to enable ethnically Russian regions to achieve breakaway status. Abkhazia and South Ossetia may sound to Western ears as if they're out of an old Bullwinkle cartoon, but they are important to Russia and germane to the bear's current actions. Putin seems confident that Russia will be fine if the Crimean crisis – and whatever follows – isolates it from most of the rest of the world. Because it seems Russia can seemingly withstand whatever sanctions, asset freezes, and e...
I had a fun conversation with Mark Van Rijmenam (@VanRijmenam) a couple of weeks ago about cloud computing, Big Data, and the IoT. Mark runs BigData-Startups.com in Den Haag, Netherlands. We were mutually amused that he had chosen the name Think Bigger for his new book just as I had chosen that name for a recent IoT piece. His book is now out, and can be found on Amazon. Mark sees as I do, an enormous opportunity for manufacturers with Big Data and IoT. He lives in a region of Europe known as the Randstad, encompassing 7 million people within 3,200 square miles across the cities and metro regions of Amsterdam, Den Haag, Rotterdam, and Utrecht. It's one of the great manufacturing centers of the world. Given my roots and current base within the US Industrial Heartland, it seems that Mark and I share a similar point of view about the challenges and opportunities facing manufacturing in the developed world. Despite the recent decades of the Information Age and increasing global emphasis on a service-oriented economy, I've long believe that you still have to make stuff to succeed. Carpe Diem The IoT shows a way for manufacturers to seize industrial leadership again or for the...
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using the URL as a basic building block, we open this up and get the same resilience that the web enjoys.
I love receiving gifts in the form of new insights! It doesn't matter if others received the same gift years ago and I am just getting it now. If it is new to me, I get excited. It is like waking up in the morning and discovering a new room in your house. I read an article by Thomas Friedman in the New York Times this weekend titled, "And Now for a Bit of Good News." The subject of the article was the new "sharing economy," think Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, etc. In the article, Friedman calls Airbnb a "Trust Platform." To me, this weekend, this term was a gift. He is so right. I have used Airbnb many times when traveling with my family, and to date have been very pleased with our experiences. Often the transactions are sizeable as I am reserving a home in a desirable location for a week. I am engaging in a transaction of some size with a person I don't know, in a home I have never visited, most often in a foreign country using different currency, involving different laws and customs. Why did I risk it? I trusted the platform.
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will want to use their existing identities, but these will have credentials already that are (hopefully) irreversibly encoded. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Peter Dunkley, Technical Director at Acision, will look at how this identity problem can be solved and discuss ways to use existing web identities for real-time communication.
With Octoblu emerging from stealth mode, it seemed like a good idea to talk to a couple of key people there. We were able to do just that with company co-founders Geir Ramleth and Chris Matthieu. Geir Ramleth serves as CEO. He was named to CIO Magazine's Hall of Fame in 2008, and served as SVP/CIO of the Bechtel Group for more than a decade during his career. Chris Matthieu serves as CTO and has a global reputation as an innovator in emerging technologies. Chris also serves as our Tech Chair at @ThingsExpo. Octoblu will utilize Meshblu (formerly code named SkyNetIM), an open source machine-to-machine (M2M) instant messaging platform that Chris created. Meshblu can be used for the discovery, control and management of any API-based software application, any hardware or appliance, or social media network. Here's what we asked Chris, and here's what he had to say: IOT Journal: This seems like a culmination of a lot of work you've previously done with SkyNet and other projects? How long have you had a vision for IoT connectivity? Chris Matthieu: I've been watching the IoT space evolve for several years now. Our open source SkyNet.im project, which is the basis for Octoblu Meshbl...
Octoblu on Tuesday emerged from stealth mode to announce its vision to provide an Internet of Things (IoT) platform for real-time connections and communication management across applications, people and physical devices. The convergence of global trends, including cloud computing, the proliferation of mobile devices and social and business transactions over the Internet, are creating the IoT – where devices and sensors are connecting and exchanging information. This presents tremendous opportunity for companies to deliver new products and services; According to Gartner estimates, the IoT will include 26 billion units installed by 2020, and by that time, IoT product and service suppliers will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion, mostly in services.[1]
Open Source Storage recently announced that Oracle veteran Mark Iwanowski was joining the company as its new chairman. What better time to find out what's going on there? We had a few questions for him... Cloud Computing Journal: What are your key objectives as the new Chairman? Mark Iwanowski: As Chairman of Open Source Storage, I’ll help the company achieve success by bringing my business background and understanding of open source together with the innovations of CEO Eren Niazi and his executive management team. One of our objectives is to continue building the company as a market leader in the space. Our goal is to grow Open Source Storage to be the market leader for secure, integrated, hardware/software enterprise-grade open source storage solutions. We are the only company in the marketplace that offers a true end-to-end storage solution (in our opinion), providing hardware and software that are needed to deliver large-scale enterprise solutions. CCJ: How do you see Big Data and the IoT impacting the company? Mark: Big Data analytics and the emerging Internet of Things market are driving an exponential explosion of data. This has resulted in the need for a cost...
The IoT is coming, as inevitably as the earth circles the sun. It's just a matter of how many laps the planet will take before we have an IoT society characterized by smart things, buildings, grids, cities, and nations. One question to ponder is which of those nations are best equipped for the IoT? We think an answer to this question lies within the research we've been conducting at the Tau Institute these past three years. We measure key technology factors such as average bandwidth, internet access, and number of data servers, along with socio-economic factors such as income parity, corruption, and overall development. We then create unique algorithms that are not simply weighted but run along a series of function curves and their differentials. In doing so, we determine relative rankings, ie, which nations are doing the most with the resources they have. It's IoT Time To be equipped for the IoT requires a strong underlying IT infrastructure, but also a healthy economy and society. We already measure much of what constitutes those two things. Refining our process, we think that by adding new factors into our rankings – port and transportation infrastructure, for...
The Internet of Things is a natural complement to the cloud and related technologies such as Big Data, analytics, and mobility. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Joe Weinman will lay out four generic strategies – digital disciplines – to exploit emerging digital technologies for strategic advantage. Joe Weinman has held executive leadership positions at Bell Labs, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, and Telx, in areas such as corporate strategy, business development, product management, operations, and R&D.
SYS-CON Events announced today that the NetofEverything Blog has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 10–12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. NetofEverything brings you the latest on the Internet of Things. For more information, visit http://netofeverything.blogspot.com. Internet of @ThingsExpo 2014 Silicon Valley, November 4–6, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading IoT industry players in the world.
As a Product Manager with deep technology roots I always enjoy reading HighScalability.com. While many of the articles are technical case studies, there are frequently good business discussions as well. The other day, I read an article on data monetization, Data Doesn’t Have to be Free. In this article, the author makes the point that Walled Garden business models, where users separately give up their data in return for a free service, is not sustainable. The only monetization strategy that a Walled Garden can effectively leverage is a proprietary advertising platform and we all know how that is going. Consequently, Mr. Hoff advocates the emergence of an open market in data. He suggests businesses that collect data can in turn develop business models based on the value of that data for whoever is willing to buy it, which creates a new value-added service. Of course, where I disagree with this article is the death of privacy. Privacy is far from dead. The masses are just warming up with the privacy fight and will soon light a fire under the collective behinds of legislative and regulatory bodies. Already we see signs of this prediction by the Internet of Things (IoT) leaders, as I m...
A new SoftLayer facility in London with a capacity for more than 15,000 physical servers is the most recent of IBM's ongoing campaign to invest $1.2 million in 15 new datacenters worldwide. The new facility will complement an existing SoftLayer datacenter in Amsterdam and London network Point of Presence (PoP), according to IBM. “We’re excited to give our large customer base in London a full SoftLayer data center right in their backyard, with all the privacy, security, and control the SoftLayer platform offers,” said Lance Crosby, SoftLayer CEO. He also said that “organizations of all sizes are using SoftLayer services to disrupt their industries or even their own operations, creating new business models and applications.” SofttLayer cites MobFox as an example, a company it says is the largest and fastest growing mobile advertising platform in Europe. “MobFox has been working with SoftLayer for a couple of years. We currently deliver more than 150 billion impressions per month for clients including Nike, Heineken, EA, eBay, BMW, Netflix, Expedia, and McDonalds,” said Julian Zehetmayr, MobFox CEO. Separately, IBM announced a five-year services agreement with Boursorama, a s...
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If you listen to the persistent murmur in the market surrounding the Internet of Things right now, you'd believe that it's all about sensors. Sensors and big data. Sensors that monitor everything from entertainment habits to health status to more mundane environmental data about your home and office. to a certain degree this is accurate. The Internet of Things comprises, well, things. But the question that must be asked - and is being asked in some circles - is not only where that data ends up but how organizations are going to analyze it and, more importantly, monetize it. But there's yet another question that needs to be asked and answered - soon. Assuming these things are talking to applications (whether they reside in the cloud or in the corporate data center) and vice-versa, there must be some way to identify them - and the people to whom they belong.
I like this word re-imagination from Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends presentation. We are seeing so many aspects of our life being transformed by the internet. Take for example, ordering a cab to go somewhere. Either we phone for a yellow cab here in California or if you are in New York city, then you stand and wave for an incoming yellow cab to stop. The new game-changer is Uber. All you do is touch your smartphone screen for UberX or Black car and you get an instant message about the car coming in less than 5 minutes time with the driver and car info. It is cheaper and you pay by card (pre-registered in your Uber account). This is re-imagining the transport sector. Uber, a San Francisco company is worth about $17B and is operating in 70 cities around the world. Quite a disruptive force!
Good morning! Or evening, if you happen to be reading this on the other side of the world. Our topic for today is the internet. What? You already know about the internet? No, no, I don’t mean that internet, the boring old one you use to access YouTube and send Facebook updates, email and tweets and stuff. That’s the internet of people and it’s so, well, yesterday. I’m talking about the new internet, which is going to be the latest thing Real Soon Now. It’s called the Internet of Things or IoT and it’s got everybody very excited over in Silicon Valley, where they hyperventilate a lot about technology.
Software-defined architectures are critical for achieving the right mix of efficiency and scale needed to meet the challenges that will come with the Internet of Things If you've been living under a rock (or rack in the data center) you might not have noticed the explosive growth of technologies and architectures designed to address emerging challenges with scaling data centers. Whether considering the operational aspects (devops) or technical components (SDN, SDDC, Cloud), software-defined architectures are the future enabler of business, fueled by the increasing demand for applications.
Welcome to the fourth era of digital. The first three periods or ages or phases — call them what you like — were each defined clearly by transformative events. First, the dawn of the personal computer age in April 1977 with the debut of the Apple II (and validated in August 1981 with the introduction of the IBM PC). Next, the beginning of the Internet age when the Netscape browser was released in 1994, which redefined forever the way we connect. Then, on June 29, 2007 — ushered in again by Steve Jobs and Apple — the mobility era began with the unveiling of the first iPhone, which ushered in a “Mobile First” mindset for the masses.
The global village, mobile devices, online marketplaces, social networks, and on-demand entertainment all have a part to play. People all over the world are increasing the time they spend in the virtual world. They’re buying, selling, sharing, studying, developing apps, hanging out in social networks, and starting to use digital currencies that bypass traditional banking. Alongside these community-driven ideas, we are also seeing enormous change in business to business relationships. Cloud computing enables any size business to obtain and manage big-business manufacturing, warehousing, marketing, data analytics, enterprise applications and global spread. Supply chains are radically altered: a business of any size can buy, produce and sell globally, and leverage vertically and horizontally integrated supply chains.
When Instagram was sold to Facebook in 2012, it employed only 13 people and maintained over 4 billion photos shared by its 80 million registered users. Internally, Instagram was a small business. Externally, it was a web monster. Filling the gap between those two contradictory perspectives is DevOps. Now to be fair, Instagram (like many other web monster properties today) has it easier than most other businesses because it supported only one application. One. That's in stark contrast to large enterprises which are, by most analyst firms, said to manage not one but one hundred and even one thousand applications - at the same time. Our own data indicates an average of 312 applications per customer, many of which are certainly integrated and interacting with one another.
You often hear people say, ‘oh, this is a living document,’ to indicate that the information is continually updated or edited to reflect changes that may occur during the life of the document. Your infrastructure is also living and dynamic. You make changes, updates or upgrades to address the ever changing requirements of your employees, web visitors, customers, partners, networks, applications and anything else tied to your systems.
A new mobility report from Ericsson projects that the number of net-connected devices will increase by three or four times over the next five years. There were some 200 million machine-to-machine devices online by the end of 2013 — a broad term that describes any device that exchanges information across a network without need for human intervention. These form the foundation of the “Internet of Things” phenomenon, and encompass everything from Internet-connected “smart meters” that keep track of energy consumption to cameras with built-in SIM cards to jump onto mobile networks. Patrik Cerwall, Ericsson’s head of strategic marketing, said these devices communicate information across slower mobile networks today, but that will change by 2016, when the majority of such devices use higher-speed 3G or 4G networks.
The Pew Research Center Internet Project, one of the current initiatives overseen by Pew Research, is attempting to mark the World Wide Web’s 25th anniversary with a thorough look at the Internet’s future. The most recent report is called the Internet of Things, a phrase for modern devices that feed data back and forth – including wearables, smartphones, appliances, vehicles, and computers. The report contains both unequivocally optimistic predictions and very cautious predictions about technology’s future.
That thing, next to the other thing, talking to this thing needs something to make it interoperate properly. That’s the goal of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) which hopes to establish common ways that machines share information and move data. IBM, Cisco, GE and AT&T have all teamed up to form the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), an open membership group that’s been established with the task of breaking down technology silo barriers to drive better big data access and improved integration of the physical and digital worlds. The Phygital World. The IIC will work to develop a ‘common blueprint‘ that machines and devices from all manufacturers can use to share and move data. These standards won’t just be limited to internet protocols, but will also include metrics like storage capacity in IT systems, various power levels, and data traffic control.
When people write about software-defined architectures being "disruptive" to the network they're doing a bit of a disservice to just how much change is occurring under the hood in the engine that drives today's businesses. The notion of separating control and data planes is superficial in that it describes a general concept and it isn't really all that radical a change, if you think about it. The control and data planes have always been separate. We have, since the need for web-scale networks came about, implemented separate topological (and usually physical) networks specifically for the purpose of segregating control traffic from the data path. The reasons for this are many: to keep management (control) traffic from interfering with the delivery of applications (and vice versa), to enable a model in which control over the critical path for applications could be secured and to ensure access to necessary control functions in the face of failure or attack.
Pop quiz: Your development team is developing a new mobile application. Should they optimize it for use over a mobile network or over WiFi? Another way to ask that same question is, "Should they provide a great quality of experience for users over a mobile network or over WiFi? And yet another way to ask that same question is, "Should I improve productivity for some of my users, but decrease productivity for others?"
The Internet of Things offers myriad opportunities for enterprise and consumer devices and applications, but IoT also opens up a whole new world of malicious activity for hackers and criminals. IT security leaders must weigh the risks when seeking to
Node-RED created in an IBM laboratory (UK) is a GUI for wiring up the Internet of Things (IoT)built-on Node.JS. It is possible that some of you have known, or used LabView. LabView is a GUI for wiring up complex laboratory equipment like Voltage sources, measuring instruments, automated relays, rf generators, lasers, robots etc., but Node-RED is some thing similar for IoT but lot more extensible network-wise. Of course my knowledge of LabView is not current and you may find more information from National Instruments.