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  Think Big – Now Think Even Bigger
  Join Us at Internet of Things at Cloud Expo, November 11-13,
at the Javits Center!


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 Internet of Things at Cloud Expo in New York City. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be!

Delegates to Internet of Things at Cloud Expo will be able to attend eight separate, information-packed tracks:

  • Enterprise Cloud
  • Digital Transformation
  • The API Enterprise | Mobility & Security
  • DevOps | Containers & Microservices
  • Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
  • Big Data | Analytics
  • IoT | IIoT | Smart Cities
  • Hot Topics | FinTech | WebRTC

There are 120 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 New York!



Day 3 Keynote at @ThingsExpo | Chris Matthieu, CTO of Octoblu
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu's platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
  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 | WebRTC Summit
• 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.




@ThingsExpo Power Panel | The World's Many IoTs: Which Are the Most Important?
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound effect on the world, and what should we expect to see over the next couple of years.
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.
Lunch Power Panel | Microservices & IoT- Moderated by Jason Bloomberg
In this Power Panel at @DevOpsSummit, moderated by Jason Bloomberg, president of Intellyx, panelists Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at Akana; Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks; and Troy Topnik, ActiveState's Technical Product Manager; and Otis Gospodnetic, founder of Sematext; peeled away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud environment, and we must architect and code accordingly. At the very least, you'll have no problem filling in your buzzword bingo cards.


Cloud Computing & The World's IT Laggards
We've Identified the World's Most Dynamic IT Countries--Now Let's Look at the Other Side

There's a cheerful theory among physicists known as the "heat death of the universe," originated by Lord Kelvin (he of the Kelvin scale) in the 19th century.

The theory holds, in essence, that the universe will some day "run out of gas." Absent an infusion of new energy, it will eventually distribute its existing energy (ie, its heat) so uniformly over such a vast space that things will simply stop working; everything will be too weak to function.

This theory reminds me of the state of many nations today. Absent an infusion of new energy, they are muddling about while more dynamic nations are catching up, even passing them by.

As you consider international markets for Cloud Computing technology, which might not be as healthy as they appear on the surface?

The Tau Index
Last fall, I integrated some general measures of economic health into something I call the Tau Index, to find the most kinetic, most dynamic IT environments on earth.

Recently, I added a Press Freedom dimension, to see if Egypt and Tunisia would pop up-and sure enough, they did.

So it only seems fair to look at the other part of this list, the laggards, the ones who may have a heat death in their future. I started by trying to answer these three questions:

  • What countries seem to be under-investing in IT?

  • Are there places where income distribution is so fair that the game now is simply to maintain the status quo?

  • What places are closed loops, ie, have no infusion of new energy into their systems?

Under-investors. According to World Bank figures, the top five countries by IT expenditures are the United States, Japan, China, Germany, and the UK. No surprises there.

But if you look at IT expenditures as a percentage of a nations' economy, the top five are instead Morocco, Malaysia, Senegal, South Africa, and Hong Kong. The US drops to #14, and China all the way to #40.

Adjusting this percentage to account for income equality-ie, IT is no doubt more fairly distributed in Sweden than in India-I found a top five of Morocco, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bangladesh, and Japan, with Sweden finishing sixth. The US rated #27, and China #55.

In other words, it looks like the US and China are actually under-investing in IT. The size of their economies makes them big spenders in absolute terms, but not world leaders in relative terms. Other laggards include Mexico, South America (including Brazil), Turkey, and Indonesia.

Also in this look, Japan (at #5) and Canada (at #18) rated surprisingly high and Germany (at #23) surprisingly low. Europe was all over the place. I'll examine all this in a later article.

Status-Quo. The countries with the most equitable income distribution in the world are those in Scandinavia, the Baltic region, the former Soviet Bloc states, and Japan.

Russia is not in this group; neither is the United States. China is near the bottom, down there with Mexico and Venezuela.

Scandinavian nations (along with Switzerland and The Netherlands) are routinely listed as having the best quality of life, healthiest populations, and highest levels of development. But are they continuing to invest aggressively in technology?

Looking at how much countries spend on a per-person (per capita) basis, Switzerland actually leads the world, followed by the United States. Norway, Sweden, and Denmark all crack the top ten, along with Finland, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong.

But looking at IT investment as a percentage of the overall economy, only Sweden cracks the top 20, investing 6.8% of its GDP into IT. Compare this to 7.3% for the US.

Finland invests 6.5%, The Netherlands 6.2%, Denmark 5.1%, and oil-rich Norway only 3.9%. Will these numbers improve, or are these nations happy enough with what they have to be more aggressive? In other words, are they heat-death candidates?

China (5.2%), Brazil (4.7%) and India (4.0%) are hardly superstars in this view. Clearly, they're all still grappling with endemic poverty on a large scale as they work to improve their overall economies. I would expect to see these numbers rise soon.

Closed loops. Having lots of babies and allowing lots of immigrants are the two keys to infusing new energy into the system. Without these two things, a country turns itself into a closed loop, and becomes a heat-death candidate.

Everyone knows that Japan's population is shrinking. Although it's is being aggressive with its IT spending, will the country's economy ever truly grow again?

Japan's not alone. Germany is shrinking, too. South Korea, although heavily populated, is now growing very slowly. Much of Eastern Europe (including Russia) is shrinking, and most Western European growth levels are very small. With aging populations, one can envision some fizzling futures out there.

China's growth rate is now less than half the world's level, which in this case is a positive sign.

Some countries continue to grow quickly. India. The Philippines. Most of Africa. They're not closed loops, to be sure, but may be growing too quickly.

Several others hover around the world average, including Egypt, Turkey, and Mexico. The United States and Canada are both growing at below world levels, but above European levels. Intuitively, this group seems to be on the mark; not closed loops, but not houses on fire either.

What Does It All Mean?
I haven't integrated all these dimensions into the Tau Index just yet. But it appears that the US, China, India, and Brazil are prime candidates for much more growth in their IT investment levels. The big question about the US is whether it is able, given its debt, unemployment levels, and general malaise.

Sweden seems to be the most aggressive among the world's strong economies, although on a small scale. The UK finishes strong in many categories of the Tau Index, although I haven't mentioned it much.

Latin America, including Brazil, still seems stuck in the starting blocks.

Japan, as always, confounds, and requires more study. Germany's also a paradox; is it primed for growth or headed in the wrong direction? Russia is perhaps not as exciting as BRIC thinkers may imply. Perhaps Poland can pick up some of this slack.

Then there's Australia, which doesn't spend much (4.9% of GDP), doesn't grow much (below the world average), and continues to prosper through its natural resources. How long can that last, really? Maybe its planned national broadband network will wake it up.

More later...

About Roger Strukhoff
Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

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This week I had the pleasure of delivering the opening keynote at Cloud Expo New York. It was amazing to be back in the great city of New York with thousands of cloud enthusiasts eager to learn about the next step on their journey to embracing a cloud-first worldl."
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