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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.


How Not to Build a Cloud | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DevOps #OpenStack
'Agile clouds need agile processes - and people are your biggest supporters, or your biggest roadblocks'

Thomas Bitman of Gartner wrote a blog post last year about why OpenStack projects fail. In that article, he outlined three particular metrics which together cause 60% of OpenStack projects to fall short of expectations:

  • Wrong people (31% of failures): a successful cloud needs commitment both from the operations team as well as from "anchor" tenants.
  • Wrong processes (19% of failures): a successful cloud automates across silos in the software development lifecycle, not just within silos.
  • Wrong metrics (10% of failures): a successful cloud focuses on top line transformation by accelerating delivery of innovative applications and services, not merely on squeezing bottom line costs.

Wrong people

"Agile clouds need agile processes - and people are your biggest supporters,or your biggest roadblocks." - Thomas Bitman

Many OpenStack projects start as technology pilots with part time technical staff. If there is not a single champion responsible for the success of an OpenStack cloud initiative as their full-time job, the chance of failure is high. There are two critical roles that govern cloud success:

  • Cloud operations champion: this champion is not just responsible for building and operating the cloud (supplying cloud capacity), they are equally responsible for on-boarding developers and workloads onto the cloud (building cloud demand). Their job is to work closely with developer tenants to make sure that the developer on boarding process is smooth and that key developer tools are available in the cloud application catalog.
  • Cloud anchor tenant: developers are overwhelmingly the most important early adopters of private cloud. Accelerating the software development lifecycle through DevOps automation is by far the highest value of private cloud. Therefore the most important validation for a private cloud is to on-board a key set of developers and show the impact of accelerating the development and go live process for their applications. Having an anchor tenant committed to using the cloud is a key prerequisite for achieving success.

Wrong processes

"Is this really cloud? Or just virtualization? And what about the stuff running inside the VMs?" - Thomas Bitman

Many OpenStack projects start with very limited goals around provisioning generic VMs or delivering relatively limited development services. This effectively automates just a silo within the software development lifecycle. Business value comes from being able to automate not just within but also across the silos of the software development lifecycle.

  • Beware of automating silos: for many IT organizations, the tragedy of virtualization has been that developers can provision a VM within 20 minutes, but getting a fully configured development environment takes over 6 weeks.
  • Aim to automate entire Go Live process: The ultimate goal of a private cloud should be to accelerate the delivery of applications and features by automating the entire process from code check in to go live. This level of automation is also the only way a traditional enterprise can compete with "born in the cloud" SaaS businesses.

Wrong metrics

"Not putting the right metrics in place - usually, this is focusing on cost-savings, not agility." - Thomas Bitman

Private cloud has often been sold as a natural extension of virtualization - as such, customers often justified their OpenStack investments based on IT cost savings. While cost savings are one value of a successful cloud, enabling business agility is the core value delivered by OpenStack.

OpenStack projects should measure business value not just for the cloud overall but for each tenant. In particular, they should focus on two tenant metrics:

  • Uptime dashboard: public clouds have long delivered detailed uptime metrics. Private clouds must do the same if they are to build trust with tenants and create a business case to justify additional cloud investments.
  • Value dashboard: private cloud value is primarily driven by its ability to accelerate the software development lifecycle. McKinsey has documented that DevOps automation can accelerate the go live process by 80%, which in turn can deliver top line revenue growth, for example by enabling greater innovation in customer facing apps. Tracking continuous integration deployments is a proxy for the overall acceleration enabled by private cloud.

Planning for OpenStack Success
The antidote for OpenStack project failure is to build a business case for private cloud that addresses people, process and metric issues. This business case should lay out a phased approach for rolling out their private cloud.

The starting point is identifying a full time cloud champion and teaming them with an anchor tenant who will use the cloud and provide input on how to deliver value by accelerating delivery of new applications and features. The next step is to define a phased set of investments, each with clear success metrics that govern timing for subsequent investment:

  • Phase 1: stand up cloud and on-board anchor tenant. Success metric: 99% uptime, 1.5X software development acceleration. Once these metrics are achieved, the company should invest in phase 2 of their rollout.
  • Phase 2: on-board additional tenants. Success metric: 99.9% uptime, 2.0X software development acceleration.
  • Phase 3: automate go live process from code checkin to production. Success metric: 99.99% uptime, 4.0X software development acceleration.

An ideal approach for a company looking to make a strategic investment in private cloud is to conduct a short pilot in an OpenStack lab that allows them to validate the business case. This kind of a pilot can also allow the cloud champion and "anchor" tenant to work together on clarifying requirements for successfully on-boarding an initial application to the private cloud.

Read the original blog entry...

About Christopher Keene
Christopher Keene is Chairman and CEO of WaveMaker (formerly ActiveGrid). He was the founder, in 1991, of Persistence Software, a San Mateo, CA-based company that created a new approach for managing data in high-transaction banking and communications systems. Persistence Software investors included Cisco, Intel, Reuters and Sun Microsystems. The company went public in 1999 on the NASDAQ exchange and was sold in 2004 to Progress software.

After leaving Persistence Software in 2005, Chris spent a year in France as chairman of Reportive Software, a Paris-based maker of business-intelligence tools, and as an adjunct professor and entrepreneur-in-residence at INSEAD, a leading graduate business school.

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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."
@SteveMar_Msft
 
How does Cloud Expo do it every year? Another INCREDIBLE show - our heads are spinning - so fun and informative."
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Thank you @ThingsExpo for such a great event. All of the people we met over the past three days makes us confident IoT has a bright future."
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One of the best conferences we have attended in a while. Great job, Cloud Expo team! Keep it going."

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