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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.


Ten Tips for Facilitating a #DevOps Culture By @Rex_Morrow | @DevOpsSummit
Patience to understand, empathy to care...

DevOps is generally recognized as a means of driving better business outcomes via improvements in process, tools, and culture within the IT organization.  Process is immediately recognizable - it's the way you're doing business today, and everyone involved can probably identify at least a couple of tweaks they believe would improve the process overall.  Tooling is a bit more difficult, as to do it right you need to invest in tools which support your workflows, and if your process is broken or less than ideal today then selecting the right tool becomes much more complicated - the conventional wisdom is to first optimize your process and workflows, and then to select the right tool for the job.  The third aspect, however, is much harder to nail down.  "Culture" is nebulous and seemingly ephemeral, as it consists of a lot of touchy-feely sentiments which tend to be at odds with how engineers have trained themselves to think - rationally and logically.

I strongly suspect that this incongruity is why DevOps advocates for culture improvements in the first place.  Perhaps what is at the heart of this matter, so far left unsaid, is that while the work performed in IT must be logically executed, engineers must acknowledge that the interactions along the software value chain occur between humans, and thus must incorporate humanistic elements like patience and empathy in order to achieve the desired improvements.  Patience to understand, empathy to care...

That all starts to get a bit "meta," so instead of continuing to dwell on the finer aspects of DevOps philosophy, I'll move on to the real point of this article, which is to provide 10 tips to help in effecting the transformation towards a DevOps culture, inspired by an article Helen Beal wrote recently (see article here):

Trust
Trust sucks. All trusting does is leave you vulnerable to neglect or attack. Distrusting people and their motivations gives us the feeling that we're in control of both ourselves and the situation. But, unfortunately this is only an illusion. The reality is, even though it sucks, trust is a critical ingredient for any team who wants to be successful, whether that's a marriage, sports team, military unit... or the IT department. Over the decades cultural silos have been built around development and operations, signified by a distinct lack of trust in the other. DevOps requires a unified culture, so building trust between these two organizations is necessary. Organizing teams around projects, rather than tasks, can help to start building that trust, as well as both factions agreeing to a common set of goals and objectives.

Understand the motivations of others
Understanding another's motivations addresses the "why" of his or her actions. This is why we're all so fascinated by the back stories of our favorite comic book and sci-fi heroes. Take Batman for example. We know that his love for Gotham stems from his parents' philanthropy and activism. We know that his fascination with the criminal mind was sparked by the traumatic experience of witnessing his parents' murder. We know that his fear of bats stems from another traumatic childhood experience. We know that his particular brand of vigilantism, which often gets him branded as some kind of "freak," is because Batman couldn't seem to turn around as a kid without some new traumatic experience befalling him.

Understanding a co-worker's back story, or another's current work situation, or the internal politics that are at play in the organization, helps us to understand why individuals arrive at the positions they do. Learning more about our own internal lives helps us understand why we ourselves arrive at the positions we do.

Remove blame
Blame destroys trust. Refer to #1. Removing blame from postmortems allows us to remove the personal element and instead focus on improving the overall process.

Accept the risk for failure
I used to be a driver's education instructor for defensive driving skills clinics. We ran a really cool skid-pad exercise, wherein as instructors we deliberately caused a driver's vehicle to spin out of control to teach skid- and spin-correction techniques. The core theory behind this exercise is that you can't understand the limits of any given system until you push that system beyond its limits. The same is so in software - in order to innovate, you must be willing to accept some risk that a new innovation will fail. What's critical to allowing for experimentation is to fully understand the risks ahead of time, enact controls for those risks, and to have a plan in place to quickly recover in the event of a disaster.

Understand how value flows and where your bottlenecks are
Take the view that your release process is a software value chain, or one unified process, as opposed to a collection of different individual tasks. Once this is mapped out, identify where the constraints are in your system, and look to elevate those constraints so they don't restrict the flow of value. This aspect of DevOps is heavily grounded in the Theory of Constraints, as described by Eliyahu M. Goldratt in The Goal, and Gene Kim in The Phoenix Project.

Remove unplanned work
This is also heavily borrowed from The Goal and The Phoenix Project. Unplanned work comes from amassing technical debt in IT. Firefighting, remediation, regression bugs - these are all examples of unplanned work. DevOps advocates building visibility and reliability into our processes to eliminate as much unplanned work as possible, which frees up time for innovation.

Do everything continuously
Continuous Integration, automated testing, Continuous Delivery. Everything in the software value chain needs to be set up so that you can deliver software at will. This enables the business to strike while the iron is hot on fleeting market opportunities.

Embrace cross-functional teams
During my career as an Army officer, I served as a Fire Support Officer to several combat units. Essentially, the Army "loans" out artillery officers to serve as advisors and liaisons to combat units, for the purpose of integrating indirect fires into the ground unit's plan. This role is described as a "combat multiplier," as it greatly enhances the ground unit's ability to perform its mission. In order to do my job well, I had to have intimate understanding of how ground units fight. To gain this understanding, I volunteered to take on planning and operations work outside the scope of my role, so that I could learn how to think, and fight, like a cavalryman, rifleman, or tanker. This not only made me better at my job, but benefited the unit because my indirect fire plans were more tightly integrated with the maneuver plan. This is what it means to be cross-functional. This is why DevOps advocates for collaboration between development and operations, so that each gains a better understanding of the other's role, and subsequently both can support the business better.

Be transparent
Cross-functional also implies cross-training. Cross-training in skills, tools, systems and processes ensures that no one person in your organization becomes a bottleneck. It provides transparency to your process, because people have a better understanding of how things should work at each stage of the delivery process.

Align incentives to enable self-actualization
Research on work motivations has shown that employees value "autonomy, mastery, and purpose" above other economic incentives in the work place. IT professionals, like everyone else, want to feel valued for their skills and opinions, desire to be heard, and want confidence in the knowledge that they can effect change to better the organization. These qualities enable self-actualization, the pinnacle of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. A work environment that enables self-actualization will breed innovation and success.

About Rex Morrow
Rex is the Marketing Director at Datical, a venture-backed software company whose solution, Datical DB, manages and simplifies database schema change management in support of high velocity application releases. Prior to Datical, Rex co-founded Texas Venture Labs, a startup accelerator at the University of Texas, and received his MBA from the McCombs School of Business. Before graduate school, Rex served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, and was awarded two bronze stars during combat deployments in Iraq.

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