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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 Sessions Include

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 Jenson

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]

IoT: Integration of Things
By Chris Mathieu

There will be 50 billion Internet connected devices by 2020. Today, every manufacturer has a propriety protocol and an app. How do we securely integrate these "things" into our lives and businesses in a way that we can easily control and manage? Even better, how do we integrate these "things" so that they control and manage each other so our lives become more convenient or our businesses become more profitable and/or safe? We have heard that the best interface is no interface. These devices generate enough data to learn our behaviors and simplify/improve our lives. What if we could connect everything to everything? I'm not only talking about connecting things to things but also systems, cloud services, and people. Add in a little machine learning and artificial intelligence and now we have something interesting... [continued]

Speaker Bio: Chris Matthieu is Co-Founder & CTO at Octoblu, Inc. He has two decades of telecom and web experience. He launched his Teleku cloud communications-as-a-service platform at eComm in 2010 which was acquired by Voxeo. Next he built an opensource Node.JS PaaS called Nodester which was acquired by AppFog. His new startup is Twelephone (http://twelephone.com). Leveraging HTML5 and WebRTC, Twelephone's BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is to become the next generation telecom company running in the Web browser. In 9 short months, Twelephone has nearly achieved feature parity with Skype. [continued]

Big Data's Potential in Helping To Secure the Internet of Things
By James G. Kobielus

The security devil is always in the details of the attack: the ones you've endured, the ones you prepare yourself to fend off, and the ones that, you fear, will catch you completely unaware and defenseless. The Internet of Things (IoT) is nothing if not an endless proliferation of details. It's the vision of a world in which continuous Internet connectivity and addressability is embedded into a growing range of human artifacts, into the natural world, and even into our smartphones, appliances, and physical persons. [continued]

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]

The Evolution of Internet of Things and the Intelligent Enterprise
By Chris Gray

The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In this session, Chris Gray, Red Hat Director of Embedded Programs will discuss the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover how hardware commoditization, the ubiquitous nature of connectivity, and the emergence of big data and analysis are providing the pull to meet customer expectations of a widely connected, multi-dimensional universe of people, things, and information. Chris will present real-world use cases that demonstrate how to: [continued]

Speaker Bio:At Red Hat, Chris Gray has global responsibility for strategic partner initiatives and worldwide sales within the embedded and Internet of Things market. Chris' extensive experience with hundreds of embedded partners and customers across numerous and diverse industries has given him a unique perspective on this explosive growth area. Chris has led the global expansion of Red Hat's Embedded and Internet of Things business in over twenty countries and continues to lead Red Hat's mission as the open source leader in embedded and intelligent systems solutions. [continued]

Architecting Next Gen Connected Supply Chains
By Peter Vanderminden

Disruptive macro trends in technology are impacting and dramatically changing the "art of the possible" relative to supply chain management practices through the innovative use of IoT, cloud, machine learning and big data to enable connected ecosystems of engagement. Enterprise informatics can now move beyond point solutions that merely monitor the past and implement integrated enterprise fabrics that enable end to end supply chain visibility to improve customer service delivery and optimize supplier management. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Peter Vanderminden is the Industry Manager, Manufacturing & Supply Chain at Microsoft Corporation, where he consults to some of Microsoft's largest corporate accounts on business solutions and enterprise architecture strategies. Mr. Vanderminden also serves on the Board of Directors of the APICS/Supply Chain Council, a global non-profit industry trade association with over 600 member firms that is focused on establishing best practices for supply chain management. [continued]

Fulfilling IT's Promise in the IoT Era
By Jeff Kaplan

The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges. This session will examine why IT must finally fulfill its role in support of its SBUs or face a new round of disruption that could fundamentally reshape the function of IT forever. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Jeff Kaplan is the Managing Director of THINKstrategies, www.thinkstrategies.com, the only strategic consulting firm focused entirely on the business implications of the transition of the technology industry from a product-centric to services-driven solution model, including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing and Managed Services. THINKstrategies helps IT/business decision-makers with their sourcing strategies; solution providers with their go-to-market strategies; and venture firms with their investment strategies. [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]

Lego Land: The Building Blocks of Innovation for the Enterprise
By Andrew Bolwell

Explosive technological advancement has created a molten landscape of disruption, reinvention and creation. New services arrive and become versatile building blocks for new ideas, products and businesses. As intuitive and intelligent technology relieves us of administrative burdens, we can spend more energy on what matters: curiosity, imagination, personal connection, reflection. As technology blurs lines between work and home, physical and digital, there is profound opportunity not just in what these new technologies are but in why they matter in human terms. Andrew Bolwell, HP Printing and Personal Systems Director of Innovation, reports from the dawn of the new Innovation Age. [continued]

Speaker Bio:Andrew Bolwell is Director of Innovation for HP's Printing and Personal Systems Group. Responsible for defining HP's long-term innovation and technology vision for printing and personal computing, Andrew is spearheading new markets, products and business models that will help shape HP's future growth. [continued]

IoT Moves Into The Commercial Mainstream
By Diego Tamburini

The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly in the process of breaking from its heretofore relatively obscure enterprise applications (such as plant floor control and supply chain management) and going mainstream into the consumer space. More and more creative folks are interconnecting everyday products such as household items, mobile devices, appliances and cars, and unleashing new and imaginative scenarios. We are seeing a lot of excitement around applications in home automation, personal fitness, and in-car entertainment, and this excitement will bleed into other areas. On the commercial side, more manufacturers will embed sensors in their products and connect them to the Internet to monitor their performance and offer pro-active maintenance services. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Diego Tamburini works for the Manufacturing Strategic Industry Relations group at Autodesk. He focuses on defining the vision for Autodesk in manufacturing and evangelizing Autodesk as a thought leader in the industry. Diego came to Autodesk after 10 years at Microsoft, where he was working in the Microsoft Dynamics development team developing the upcoming first cloud release of Dynamics ERP for Professional Services. [continued]

A New Architecture for the Internet of Things: Rethinking Your IT Framework
By James Kirkland

Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. [continued]

Speaker Bio: James Kirkland is the advocate for Red Hat's initiatives and solutions for the Internet of Things(IoT) and is the architect of its three-tier strategy for IoT deployments. For the past five years, James has been focused on IoT solutions for the transportation and energy sectors. A frequent public speaker and writer on a wide range of technical topics, James is also the co-author of Linux Troubleshooting for System Administrators and Power Users (ISBN: 0131855158) published by Prentice Hall PTR. [continued]

Zero to a Connected Internet of Things App
By Seema Jethani

This talk explores how to rapidly prototype using IoT cloud platforms and choosing the right platform to match application requirements, security and privacy needs, data management capabilities and development tools. Where historically app development would required developers to manage device functionality, application environment and application logic, today new platforms are emerging that are IoT focused and arm developers with cloud based connectivity and communications, development, monitoring, management and analytics tools. [continued]

Speaker Bio:Seema is the Director of Product Management at Basho Technologies and has more than 10 years of experience in enterprise software development. Prior to joining Basho, she held Product Management and Strategy positions at Dell, Enstratius and IBM. [continued]

How Docker Quickly Advanced Development of an IoT Application
By Aater Suleman

Collecting data in the field and configuring multitudes of unique devices is a time-consuming, labor-intensive process that can stretch IT resources. Horan & Bird [H&B], Australia's fifth-largest Solar Panel Installer, wanted to automate sensor data collection and monitoring from its solar panels and integrate the data with its business and marketing systems. After data was collected and structured, two major areas needed to be addressed: improving developer workflows and extending access to a business application to multiple users (multi-tenancy). [continued]

Speaker Bio:Aater Suleman, CEO and Co-Founder at Flux7, is an industry veteran in delivering cloud migration, application development and process optimization solutions using DevOps-based approaches. Mr. Suleman earned his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also currently teaches computer systems design and architecture. [continued]

WebRTC + IoT = Personalized Customer Service
By Keith McFarlane

Can call centers hang up the phones for good? Intuitive Solutions did. WebRTC enabled this contact center provider to eliminate antiquated telephony and desktop phone infrastructure with a pure web-based solution, allowing them to expand beyond brick-and-mortar confines to a home-based agent model. It also ensured scalability and better service for customers, including MUY! Companies, one of the country's largest franchise restaurant companies with 232 Pizza Hut locations. This is one example of WebRTC adoption today, but the potential is limitless when powered by IoT . Attendees will learn real-world benefits of WebRTC and explore future possibilities, as WebRTC and IoT intersect to improve customer service. [continued]

Speaker Bio:At LiveOps, Keith McFarlane holds the role of Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Platform & Telephony. He has more than 20 years of experience designing and developing large-scale customer service solutions and CRM systems. He is an expert on the benefits of cloud computing technology for both enterprise and SMBs and was named to ExecRank's "Top CTO Rankings" list for 2012. [continued]

From Data To Dollars – A Results-Driven Approach To IoT
By Dave Wagstaff

Technology is enabling a new approach to collecting and using data. This approach, commonly referred to as the "Internet of Things" (IoT), enables businesses to use real-time data from all sorts of things including machines, devices and sensors to make better decisions, improve customer service, and lower the risk in the creation of new revenue opportunities. In this session from Bsquare learn more about the real benefits to focus on, understand the requirements of a successful solution, the flow of data, and how to best approach deploying an IoT solution that will drive results. [continued]

Speaker Bio:Vice President and Chief Architect, BSQUARE Corporation Dave Wagstaff has been Bsquare's Vice President and Chief Architect since November 2013. In this role Mr. Wagstaff drives a comprehensive and integrated strategy for all Bsquare products including the company's Internet of Things offerings. [continued]

How Code Halos Are Unlocking the Possibilities of the Internet of Things
By Ben Pring

Code Halos – aka "digital fingerprints" - are the key organizing principle to understand a) how dumb things become smart and b) how to monetize this dynamic. In this session Ben Pring, Co-Director of Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work, will outline research, analysis and recommendations from his recently published book on this phenomena on the way leading edge organizations like GE and Disney are unlocking the IoT opportunity and what steps your organization should be taking to position itself for the next platform of digital competition. [continued]

Speaker Bio:Ben Pring co-leads Cognizant's Future of Work Center joining Cognizant in September 2011 after spending the previous 15 years with Gartner as a senior industry analyst researching and advising on areas such as Cloud Computing and Global Sourcing. Prior to Gartner he worked for a number of consulting companies including Coopers and Lybrand. [continued]

New Security Models For The IoT
By Davi Ottenheimer

The Internet of Things needs an entirely new security model, or does it? Can we save some old and tested controls for the latest emerging and different technology environments? This presentation reviews hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveals privacy options and 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. He is co-author of the book "Securing the Virtual Environment: How to Defend the Enterprise Against Attack," published in May 2012 by Wiley. He formerly was responsible for security at Barclays Global Investors (BGI), the world's largest investment fund manager. Prior to BGI he was a "dedicated paranoid" at Yahoo! and responsible for managing security for hundreds of millions of mobile, broadband and digital home products. Davi received his postgraduate academic Master of Science degree in International History from the London School of Economics. [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]

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]

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]

Interoperable WebRTC and Why It Is Important
By Peter Dunkley

There are many potential applications for WebRTC and for many interoperability is not a requirement. However, this does not mean that there is not a need for interoperability, particularly at the signaling level, for other applications.

Many people have dismissed interoperability as a consideration when using WebRTC - often due to the fact that their favoured use-cases do not require it (and in some cases are even hampered by it). In his session at 2nd WebRTC Summit, Peter Dunkley, Technical Director, at Crocodile RCS, will look at the other side and discuss the case for interoperability and explain how WebRTC can be used to enhance and extend existing services in a way provides benefits to service providers and their customers.

He will conclude with a look at some of the open-source options available today for building interoperable WebRTC applications. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Peter Dunkley 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. Since 2005 he has worked mainly with SIP first leading a team developing a PSTN gateway and then managing the development of a SIP Application Server. Peter joined Crocodile RCS in September 2010 and has made numerous contributions to the Kamailio open source SIP Router project (particularly in the areas of presence, WebSocket, MSRP, and SIP Outbound) since then. Peter is one of the authors of the MSRP over WebSocket draft (draft-pd-dispatch-msrp-websocket) and is a contributor to several open-source projects. [continued]

Is WebRTC a Second Stage Engine in the Telehealth Rocket?
By Ivelin Ivanov

Telehealth legislation opened the floodgates for investment in modern communications services and APIs since 2010. WebRTC promises a second revolution. Ivelin Ivanov will discuss a real-world example where telephony APIs make a difference in improving patient care and reducing healthcare costs. He will then look into a brighter telehealth future with secure, high quality, ubiquitous WebRTC video interactions.
[continued]

Speaker Bio: Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications integrating voice, video and data. He is the co-founder of TeleStax, an Open Source Cloud Communications company that helps the shift from legacy IN/SS7 telco networks to IP-based cloud comms. An early investor in multiple start-ups, he still finds time to code for his companies and contribute to open source projects. [continued]

WebRTC and the Customer Experience
By Keith McFarlane

In this session, Keith McFarlane, Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Platforms & Telephony at LiveOps, will share how WebRTC technology is truly the next stage in the globalization of the contact center, especially in the areas of monetization and creating a superior, personalized customer experience.

Over the past few years, the importance of a positive customer experience has risen and solidified itself as a major differentiation for brands. Meaning, companies today have to offer great service along with their products. WebRTC communications, combined with the cloud and building upon the foundation provided by VoIP and the Internet, is making a single network a reality by eliminating the need for the expensive servers, software, landlines and phones required by traditional contact center technologies. Customer service agents with WebRTC-enabled devices will be able to provide better customer experiences across all channels – including voice – and contact centers will continue to become even more streamlined, cost-efficient and productive than ever before. [continued]

Speaker Bio: At LiveOps, Keith McFarlane holds the role of Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Platform & Telephony. He has more than 20 years of experience designing and developing large-scale customer service solutions and CRM systems. He is an expert on the benefits of cloud computing technology for both enterprise and SMBs and was named to ExecRank's "Top CTO Rankings" list for 2012.

Prior to LiveOps, McFarlane worked for an on-premise contact center provider that is currently ranked number two among the top contact centers worldwide. It was there that he first began to realize the potential impact that cloud computing could have on the decades-old customer service contact center industry. He also realized that a software and hardware laden provider, such as his previous employer, would be challenged to move quickly into the cloud space. Making the move to LiveOps gave him the opportunity to be part of the team that developed the true cloud LiveOps Platform for enterprise use. Twelve years ago the LiveOps Platform was created for use only by the LiveOps community of 20,000 independent contractors to grow LiveOps' agent services business. In 2008, when McFarlane arrived at the company, LiveOps began evolving the platform for individual sale and use by other companies with their own agents. Under McFarlane's guidance, LiveOps is continuing to make industry-firsts, including the first fully integrated multichannel plus social agent desktop. [continued]

How the Norwegian Red Cross built a video tutoring solution with WebRTC
By Svein Willassen

This is the story about how the Norwegian Red Cross used WebRTC to build a service that allow high school student to meet volunteer tutors and get help with their school assignments just by visiting a web page in their browser. The solution has greatly increased the reach of the tutoring service run by the Red Cross, allowing students to get the help they need without leaving their homes. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Svein Willassen is the founder and CTO of the leading WebRTC based video conferencing service appear.in. he is currently leading the on-going development of that service. Svein has a PhD in forensic computing and has worked extensively with forensic analysis of communication systems as well as development of communication services. [continued]

Visualizing WebRTC: A Social Experiment with Meta-Networking
By Sara Robertson

On her social media platform Melodramatic.com, with global reach and over 1,000 uniques daily, Sara Robertson released a WebRTC network that created a peer-to-peer connection between every visitor on every page load. Geographical location data and round-trip data transfer rates of each connection is collected, and augmented with known demographics about the visitors. Static assets are randomly selected for serving directly through this new meta-network, and user experience is carefully measured. When rendered in a real-time visualization, this data provides exciting insights into the limitations and potential for WebRTC as it applies to modern web infrastructures. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Sara is a technology generalist with experience in large platform implementations, high-scale/low-latency serving, cloud infrastructures, and big data strategies. She is VP of Technology for an online advertising company serving billions of impressions daily, and runs a social media website (melodramatic.com) that she uses as a playground for technical experimentation. [continued]

WebRTC – The SKYPE Killer and Cloud UC Enabler
By Vishal Brown

While affordable and convenient, Skype is not an acceptable platform for business communications. While it may suffice for personal use and even SMBs, enterprise organizations need more substantial services with the quality, security and interoperability to handle video conferencing smoothly around the globe. Contrarily, WebRTC has the potential to overcome the incompatibility issues that have plagued the UC market for many years, and now that the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) is driving the audio and video codec standards, they've already ratified the audio standards (i.e. Opus), and they're getting close to choosing the video standard - this is going to be big deal for UC this year. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Vishal has over 15 years of experience in focusing large enterprises on the key initiatives needed to improve communication within their organization. This includes not just implementing unified communication solutions, but also thought leadership and strategic planning, policies and procedures to make the initiative effective. [continued]

The Promise of a Paradigm Shift in B2C Customer Communications
By Tobias Goebel

WebRTC promises to make realtime communications so ubiquitous that whole new ways of how consumers interact with businesses, or with fellow consumers of the same business, will emerge. Outside of the RTC world, innovative companies like Amazon are already offering ways for customers to help themselves, or others. WebRTC will accelerate this trend. It will also impact the way how and when consumers reach out to the contact center, and vice versa. In this talk I will share ideas on what this paradigm shift in B2C customer communications will mean for the customer on the one hand, and the contact center on the other. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Tobias has over 10 years of experience in the IVR and contact center industry. As part of Aspect's product management and marketing team today, he works on defining the future of the mobile customer experience, which will incorporate channels such as mobile apps, SMS, voice, chat, social, and will address the customer holistically, taking the SoLoMoClo (Social, Local, Mobile, Cloud) trend into account. Tobias holds degrees in Computational Linguistics, Phonetics, and Computer Science from the universities of Bonn, Germany and Edinburgh, UK. [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]

Practical WebRTC: From API to Solution
By Alex Gouaillard

A lot of buzz around the word webRTC has made its meaning difficult to grasp. This session will address the problem of defining what webRTC is and maybe more importantly what it is not. From there the anatomy of a webRTC-based solution / product / service will be illustrated, and the main vendors proposing the missing pieces of such a solution will be introduced. At the end of this session / course, one will have a clear understanding of what webRTC is and is not, of what the components of a webRTC Solution are, and who the corresponding vendors are today. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Dr Alex Gouaillard got his PhD from INSA, France, in Signal, Image and Video Processing and KEIO university, Japan, in Computer Science and Media Governance. He has more than 15 years of experience in setting up provably successful Research Groups both at highest Public Institutions (Caltech, Harvard, A*STAR, …), and as Innovative Start Ups in Europe North America and APAC. [continued]


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Last week I was both learning and speaking at the The Internet of @ThingsExpo in New York City. I taught a session on the subject of IoT, Code Halos and Digital Transformation Strategies. Then I had the privilege of interviewing Microsoft's mobile and IoT guru Nick Landry (Twitter @ActiveNick). In this interview he shares Microsoft's solutions and strategies around the Internet of Things. Enjoy!
In June I was presenting at the ThingsExpo conference  at the Javits Center in New York City. During my talk I was demonstrating how to integrate consumer devices into a business workflow. In particular, I was doing live measuring of my own blood pressure to show how to integrate consumer devices into a business workflow. Internet […]
I came across a very interesting story posted at the Reviewed.com. Website in the section covering home oven reviews. The headline read “The Smart Home Dominates the Internet of Things.” The story, based on a recent report published by Appinions, a market research firm, stated that while home automation “is used interchangeably” with the Internet of Things, the fact is that the IoT is far bigger than that. “It promises to unify a vast array of industrial and commercial devices and activities, not just your phone and dishwasher.” To be sure, home automation is leading the way right now, what with Apple, Google, Microsoft and other companies jumping on the bandwagon. What is missing in the piece is the real challenge (and opportunity) of the IoT: monetization.
The IoT has the potential to transform the world, bringing new functions and efficiency to big problems such as disease, poverty, traffic, and government transparence. It also makes for a nice Christmas gift for “kids in science fair projects.” This latter point was made by Broadcom and Brian Bedrosian, the company's senior director for wireless connectivity. Specifically, the company has introduced its Wiced Sense Kit at a price of US$20. The kit—suitable for adult use, of course, as well--allows IoT developers and the millions of “makers” in the thriving Maker Movement to build sensors that communicate with iPhones, home communication hubs, and other devices. Suggested uses include baby monitors, door locks, and personal healthcare monitors. Broadcom's kit presumably competes with a US$25 kit from Texas Instruments, which also has Android and Bluetooth functionality.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is getting personal. Wearables, ingestables, even implantables – devices that not only help us with our fitness, but can monitor and manage disease and its treatment – are right around the corner. And where the IoT goes, money follows. In this case, Big Pharma smells opportunity. But while these new consumer doodads get all the press, health-related IoT technologies are only the tip of the iceberg for the Digital Transformation hitting the pharmaceutical industry, as it struggles with a turbulent business landscape. “There are very few blockbuster drugs,” explains Eric Pilkington, EVP Digital Strategy at McCann Health North America. “The pharma companies are trying to figure out what to do. The competitors are the generics: identical and cheaper. The pharmas have to provide value beyond the drug itself.”
Such devices and connected technologies exist today, and the sector is driving the leading edge of the Internet of Things under the label of the “Connected Home” or “Smart Home”. Fact is, some pretty traditional low-tech concepts are becoming technology-enabled, such as/including locking doors, turning on the lights, heating the home, etc. What this means is that technology companies are broadening into areas that have historically been outside of their business plans. Apple is in the fitness business. Google is in the heating business. Samsung is in the appliance business. Others include cable TV and Internet provider Comcast, and the Schlage-brand lock maker Ingersoll Rand.
When we talk about the impact of BYOD and BYOA and the Internet of Things, we often focus on the impact on data center architectures. That's because there will be an increasing need for authentication, for access control, for security, for application delivery as the number of potential endpoints (clients, devices, things) increases. That means scale in the data center. What we gloss over, what we skip, is that before any of these "things" ever makes a request to access an application it had to execute a DNS query. Every. Single. Thing.
Google has created what it calls a “Matrix-style,” virtual version of California’s road system that it’s been using to test self-driving cars before sending them out onto the actual road, according to the Guardian. Google is apparently so thrilled with its simulation that it asked California’s government earlier this year, in a letter obtained by the Guardian, whether it could use these virtual simulations in place of actual driving tests when certifying a vehicle for public road tests — and it seems that it may be able to.
The Internet of Things is only going to make that even more challenging as businesses turn to new business models and services fueled by a converging digital-physical world. Applications, whether focused on licensing, provisioning, managing or storing data for these "things" will increase the already significant burden on IT as a whole. The inability to scale from an operational perspective is really what software-defined architectures are attempting to solve by operationalizing the network to shift the burden of provisioning and management from people to technology.
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.
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.
Some companies are still hanging on to the belief that they can manage their own data centers better than the various cloud providers out there.This state of denial should all but go away when the influx of petabyte scale data becomes a reality for enterprises. Enterprises are going to have to ask themselves, “Do we want to be in the infrastructure business?” because that is what it will take to provide the appropriate amount of bandwidth, disk storage, and compute power to keep up with the demand for data ingestion, storage, and real-time analytics that will serve the business needs. If there ever was a use case for the cloud, the IoT and Big Data is it. Check out my latest post on Forbes that discusses Big Data strategies for tackling the IoT.
The Internet of Things could get out of control pretty fast. We’re still pretty far from self-aware homes trying to procreate, but as Gigaom Research analyst Craig Foster noted in his recent report on IoT security, the dangers are already very real. Take a look at the maritime industry. Earlier this yea, hackers tilted and... Read More
So far, 2014 has turned into a banner year for CIOs that have invested the time and effort to plan for hybrid cloud services, while building strong strategic relationships with their Line of Business leadership. Their approved capital investment budget spend is on-track and operational expenses are contained, as planned. Savvy senior executives across the globe continue to make selective investments in new business technology. In fact, there could be a moderate IT infrastructure spend over the next 12-18 months, which will likely increase the demand for open source software and professional services as new cloud service projects are approved. Worldwide IT spending is now forecast to increase by 4.5 percent in 2014 at constant currency, that's according to updated projections from the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). By and large, this enterprise growth is still being driven by smartphones, apps and the mobile cloud.
IT systems will need to adapt, and evolving — or simply adding on to the existing relational database management system architecture — isn’t going to cut it. What does this mean, if not Hadoop or in-memory as the end-all, be-all? TechTarget writer Nicole Laskowski sums it up nicely: Architecture matters. It turns out, even that simple statement will require something of a revolution, as Jason Bloomberg explains in a Forbes column.