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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.


Surviving Digital Transformation Fatigue

To paraphrase an old joke, there are four stages of digital transformation:

  1. What is digital transformation?
  2. We need digital transformation!
  3. We need whatever comes next after digital transformation!
  4. What is digital transformation?

By 2016, most enterprises had successfully navigated their way from #1 to #2, but now that it’s 2017, there’s a good chance #3 is in the offing.

After all, digital transformation has been the hot topic for a while now. Will 2017 be the year it becomes passé? And if so, what should we do next?

Buzzword Fatigue: It’s Inevitable

In times of disruption, buzzwords play an important role. As new technologies, approaches, and priorities spring up, we need a common vocabulary so that we can cogently discuss such innovations.

However, it’s easy to overuse or misapply buzzwords. Just like salt in your soup: a pinch may be pleasing, but put in too much and you’ve ruined the dish.

At some point, furthermore, we simply get tired of certain buzzwords – especially if they represent a complex challenge that organizations find difficult to understand and implement.

Buzzwords like digital transformation, therefore, are particularly susceptible to such expiration dates. Much like eBusiness at the turn of the century and service-oriented architecture (SOA) a few years later, digital transformation may eventually find itself on the business transformation discount shelf, marked down by 75%.

Not all buzzwords succumb to the same fate. Take cloud computing, for example. Even though the cloud is now well-understood and mature, the terminology is in no danger of fading away.

The difference? You can actually buy cloud. There certainly remains some confusion around the periphery, but for the most part, we can point to AWS or Salesforce or whatever and say, that’s the cloud.

Not so with digital transformation. As with eBusiness, the terminology remains persistently vague and malleable. Even worse: in many ways, the fundamental business transformations that enterprises must successfully undergo in order to remain competitive in today’s dynamic world go beyond the notion of ‘digital’ in any case.

‘Digital’ Doesn’t Fit Anyway

You might think that because Intellyx focuses on Agile Digital Transformation that we like the word digital. On the contrary – the word itself is a poor fit for the transformation we’re talking about.

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Old-timers like me will also remember Digital as in Digital Equipment Corporation, a 1950s-era computer company that eventually became part of Compaq in the 1990s. And while Digital (the company) was certainly innovative in its day, its history squarely pegs the word digital as more I Love Lucy than House of Cards.

Today, we use the word digital to refer to some kind of technology. The rise of smartphones and all the other device form factors is squarely in the middle of digital – but in reality, we’re using digital to refer to everything from big data to artificial intelligence.

Such vagueness is often the death knell for a buzzword, as the more ways we use it, the less useful the term becomes. And yet, if all we really meant by digital once we scraped away the fluff was using zeroes and ones, then there’d be nothing to see here, move right along, thank you.

Digital transformation, therefore, risks sinking under the weight of the digital boat anchor. If digital transformation is to have legs as its own concept, therefore, there must be something, well, transformative about it.

Transformation, Whatever You Call It

And transformation there is, in spades. After all, digital transformation is customer-driven, technology-enabled, and comprehensive. No corner of the enterprise is immune from its effects.

Furthermore, the transformation won’t ever end, as the forces of change will continue to disrupt organizations of all sizes across the globe. That’s why we say digital transformation isn’t about achieving some final, digitally transformed state, but rather building change itself as a core competency.

Ironically, dealing better with change overall was a primary goal of eBusiness. But achieving such business agility was too difficult, so eBusiness became synonymous with building web-based sales and marketing channels.

Business agility was also the strategic promise of SOA in its day – until SOA became little more than an excuse to sell more middleware to unsuspecting enterprises.

Today our transformation is all digital, for better or worse. To be sure, technology – OK, digital technology – is an essential enabler of such transformation. But of course, the digital technology of the day was also at the core of eBusiness, SOA, and numerous other business transformation fads over the years, from total quality management to business process reengineering.

You might even say that each of these fads eventually sank under the weight of its own buzzwordiness. Gurus latch onto the power of the terminology, while the grunt work of business transformation remains too difficult and expensive, until executives finally give up and move on.

So, what’s different this time? Will digital transformation go the way of the management fads of the past? The terminology will, indubitably – but the transformation itself is past the point of no return. Buzzword or no, we’re in for a bumpy ride.

The Intellyx Take: Focus on the Big Picture

If it weren’t for digital technology, today’s business transformations would look quite different – but that doesn’t mean that the transformations are inherently digital. The digital appellation is a poor fit to begin with, and now it’s growing long in the tooth. 2017 may very well be the year it becomes passé, and we move onto the Next Big Thing.

Never forget, however, that digital transformation was never more than an oversimplification of a complex, multifaceted transformational process that impacts every organization differently. (That’s why our Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster looks the way it does, after all).

Buzzwords are in fact at their most beneficial when they are oversimplifications, as they give us easy ways of talking about difficult things. As oversimplifications, however, their useful lifetimes are inherently limited – but that doesn’t mean that the complex concepts they represent have the same limitations.

Don’t make the mistake of confusing an oversimplified buzzword with the underlying reality of digital transformation. The term may fade away, but the change driving such transformation is unceasing and relentless. Call it what you will, but digital transformation is here to stay.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. Image credit: Dennis van Zuijlekom.

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About Jason Bloomberg

Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.



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