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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.


Is the Cloud Disrupting the CIO? By @EFeatherston | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]
Cloud technology, the latest disruption CIOs need to consider, takes the in-house resource paradigm and turns it on its head

Technology today seems to be moving at breakneck speeds. This speed of change is creating tectonic shifts in how businesses operate and leverage technology to achieve their goals. The convergence of key disruptive technologies (i.e. social, mobile, analytics, and cloud) is what one industry analyst refers to as the nexus of forces. Cloud is an underpinning of this nexus. How is this disruption impacting the CIO? Does the role change in face of all these forces, or is it just a continuation of what the CIO is (or should be) doing already? Let's take a deeper look at how the cloud may be changing how the CIO operates and what is needed to succeed in what seems to be a constant state of disruption.

The Role of CIO, a brief history
To understand the impact the cloud has on the role of CIO, let's first look at where the CIO role originated.

The position of CIO emerged in the 1980's. Prior to that time, IT leadership was delegated to middle management tiers, often referred to as MIS director, or simply the IT manager. These managers were the keepers of the back office systems. They owned and maintained those large technology marvels, gleaming and humming in their environmentally controlled glass rooms for all to see but not touch. During that time the MIS director usually reported to the CFO as back office systems were seen as supporting the financials of the company. In the early 1980's computers were still viewed as very fast calculators, good at crunching numbers. As the term MIS (Management Information Systems) suggests, these machines provided information to management; there was no concept of an end user, or other potential benefits to the company.

By the end of the 1980s came the PC revolution where every department within an organization was buying desktop PC's and applications for increased productivity. The ‘end-user' was born, technological chaos ensued and the MIS Director assumed more responsibility. They were asked to reign in the chaos and to provide direction and guidance. It was out of this first big technology disruption that the role of CIO started to emerge. Where it was first used is unclear. What was clear was that technology was starting to have impacts across the business. This impact started discussion that perhaps IT should be at the C-level, having the same level of influence as other key roles within a company. The CIO was born.

Rise of the Cloud and the Specter of ShadowIT
Let's fast forward to today. The role of CIO is firmly entrenched in our business and technology culture. For years, even with all the technology disruptions, the CIO remains the keeper of the technology resources. The concept of the ‘glass house' still exists, as technology resources are in house and limited by capital budget constraints. For many businesses these limitations and constraints lead to the perception (rightly or wrongly) of the CIO as ‘the person that says no'.

Cloud technology, the latest disruption CIOs need to consider, takes the in-house resource paradigm and turns it on its head. Cloud is hot, there is no arguing that point. IDC forecasts global public IT Cloud services spending to reach nearly $108B by 2017. One industry analyst expects that by 2016 the bulk of IT spend will be for the cloud. Business units are deluged with the hype. Cloud solution vendors are knocking on their doors, frequently bypassing the CIO. Business units can purchase technology solutions out of operational budgets rather than capitol. They can bypass IT and the CIO entirely and many are. Out of this chaos is born the concept of ShadowIT: technology implementations deploying without the input or even visibility of the CIO.

The Cloud Challenge for the CIO
There is a diversity of opinion as to whether ShadowIT is a boon or a bane, which is a topic for another day. Boon or bane, ShadowIT highlights the daunting challenge cloud technology is presenting to the CIO. The CIO must respond to the rapidly changing pace of the business and technology, become an innovator, be agile, and non-linear, much like a startup. The CIO must do all this while still keeping IT systems operational, stable, predictable, and secure. At first glance, these two goals seem to be in opposition. One industry analyst refers to this dichotomy as Bimodal IT suggesting that a successful CIO must evolve, embrace the dichotomy by providing both modes of operation to the business.

The ‘keeping the lights on' mode is the more traditional role and perception of the CIO.  This role is still critical to the business, the IT utility. Like electricity, water, and other utilities, the expectation is that it is always there. If you are doing that part of your job right, no one notices, they only notice when there is a disruption in service. Any CIO still in their position understands this and does it well. The downside of doing it well is the potential of not being noticed, not viewed as a partner in the business or as an innovator. The existence of ShadowIT is a symptom of this situation and comes about when the business does not perceive the CIO and IT as partners, but as utilities.

This perception is why the second mode is such a challenge. The key is to focus on the business needs, not the technology. I know, this may sound counter intuitive for a CIO, the keeper of technology, but it is critical to success of the second mode. In order to have a true seat at the table, to be viewed as a partner in the business, as an innovator, the CIO must be able to talk in the language of the business. Remember, technology is not the destination, it's the vehicle that enables you to get to the destination. The destination is providing business solutions and value to the organization. Cloud, like other technologies, may help provide the solution (leverage that disruptor by all means), but choose it because it provides value to the business, not because of the hype.

Leverage the Disruption, Make Lemonade
I think it is safe to say yes, the cloud is one of the many things disrupting not just the business, but the life and role of the CIO. This is not a good or a bad thing, it is simply a reality. Leverage those disruptions to help provide true business solutions and values. Business and technology are moving at breakneck speeds and disruption is the norm now, not the exception, and cloud is leading that charge. The successful CIO will rise to the challenge, evolve from just the keeper of technology into a true business partner within the organization. Take the lemons of cloud disruption and make lemonade.

This post is sponsored by KPMG LLP and The CIO Agenda.

KPMG LLP is a Delaware limited liability partnership and is the U.S. member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. The KPMG name, logo and "cutting through complexity" are registered trademarks or trademarks of KPMG International. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of KPMG LLP.

About Ed Featherston
Ed Featherston is VP, Principal Architect at Cloud Technology Partners. He brings 35 years of technology experience in designing, building, and implementing large complex solutions. He has significant expertise in systems integration, Internet/intranet, and cloud technologies. He has delivered projects in various industries, including financial services, pharmacy, government and retail.

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