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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.


The Cloud and the Changing Role of the Investor
Tech entrepreneurs can see clearly now; the rain is gone, thanks to the cloud

Tech entrepreneurs can see clearly now; the rain is gone, thanks to the cloud. Cloud computing is making it easier and more affordable for people all over the world to be entrepreneurs, and individuals and businesses are acting accordingly.

According to Forester Research, the cloud computing market is expected to grow to $241 billion in 2020. And, an IDC white paper shows the cloud computing industry is expected to generate 14 million jobs in the next three years. With the sizeable growth in cloud-based entrepreneurship taking shape, new opportunities for investors are surfacing, and cloud investments are increasingly funding new business strategies.

Startups that leverage cloud computing frequently are able to bootstrap or take a small amount of angel capital to do an alpha or beta release of their product, and gain some initial proof points with customers and users. As a result, the risk for many firms providing initial institutional financing is mitigated. And as most of Silicon Valley knows, for investors it all comes down to minimal risk.

Kenneth Oestreich, Sr. Director of Cloud & Virtualization Marketing at EMC, says the use of cloud infrastructure generally means less up-front capital investment on infrastructure. "The cost is shifted to operating expenses," said Oestreich. "But the use of cloud also means that if, or when, a company's business grows, its infrastructure can grow with it… even overnight."

Rackspace Cloud Program Manager, Adam Hansen, equates cloud solutions to paying a water bill. "Roughly, every 30 days you get a bill for what you've used," he shared. "Cloud hosting for the most part works much the same way. If you choose to host in house still, there is the flexibility of it. I can add servers in a few minutes rather than days."

Because of the low burn-rate of cloud-based companies, there is a gap in the market between the traditional angel round of investment and the series A investment from a large VC firm. The Micro VC Illuminate Ventures bridges that gap.

"What we like about cloud computing goes beyond saving money," said Illuminate Ventures founding Managing Director Cindy Padnos. "We love the recurring revenue models that enhance predictability, but also hold companies accountable for customer satisfaction. We really like the ease of integration, the ability to deliver new functionality rapidly and seamlessly to all users, the anywhere, anytime access, as well many other innovations that cloud computing enables."

Oestreich points out that larger VC firms investing in the cloud have their own angle—"be it infrastructure or how the infrastructure is applied to support a cloud. In February, Bloomberg reported that the Bay Area venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Bayers, is looking into starting a new fund for startups that sell cloud services to larger companies. This is just one example of a trend that's picking up speed.

The Seattle-based VC, Ignition Partners, examines the way businesses of all sizes use cloud computing to provide software or platforms as a service. The firm's managing partner, Frank Artale, says the "hybrid cloud" is a significant investment priority for Ignition.

"The hybrid cloud is a set of software and other technologies that enable a central IT department to deliver both private and pubic cloud services to their business units in a governed and compliant way," explained Artale. "We're seeing that particular sector growing rapidly. Most businesses will deploy a hybrid cloud that will enable the use of both private and public cloud services."

ServiceMesh, one of Ignition Partners' companies, provides "everything-as-a-service" through the cloud. "Just like businesses in the ‘90s transitioned form mini-computer to servers," cloud-based services including hybrid cloud, are turning into the preferred mechanism of IT deployment," said Artale.

From macro to micro, the cloud and its investors aren't discriminatory against size in the slightest. Hansen explains that the cloud allows people to move to an op-ex spending rather than a cap-ex spending.

"So if I give an entrepreneur money, or if I'm starting a new business, my money goes a lot further than it has in the past," shared Hansen. "Instead of buying infrastructure that may be what I need, I can start small and build up without having to spend all my cash. I can start small and have the same infrastructure as any enterprise level company. We are pros at running the giants, why not the startups as well?"

Editorial note: Used with the permission of http://thenetwork.cisco.com. The contents or opinions in this feature are independent and do not necessarily represent the views of Cisco. They are offered in an effort to encourage continuing conversations on a broad range of innovative technology subjects. Cisco welcomes your comments and engagement.

About Melissa Jun Rowley
Melissa Jun Rowley is an award-winning journalist, on-air host, and content strategist with a passion for all things tied to social innovation. She is currently the founder and editor-in-chief of Incentivize, a digital media company focused on the convergence of capitalism and activism. A former producer for CNN and the Associated Press, she has flown in zero gravity at NASA, produced business updates from the New York Stock Exchange, and field produced coverage of the Oscars, Golden Globes and Grammys. Her online work encompasses features for Mashable, Discovery News, BlogHer and MTV Act. As a self-proclaimed "Cause Correspondent," Melissa dedicates her passion for storytelling to spreading the good word about business, emerging technology, art, entertainment, and heroes benefitting humanity.

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