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IoE: My First Impression

As Cisco is sharing its Internet of Everything ( IoE ) vision today at CES 2014, it makes me reflect on what the future of this technology will look like. We’re in such a connected society now, with more information available to us than ever before. I ask myself, “Will being more connected, with even more information at our disposal be something our society could benefit from?” After evaluating this concept, my opinion is a resounding yes.

Imagine a world where you can have everyday items “speak” to you without having to initiate the action. Our lives are so busy now that having important information alerted to us without needing to query it ourselves is a huge idea. Here are some immediate thoughts on how the Internet of Everything could help solve everyday problems.

How many of us have gotten into our car late for some sort of appointment, and while driving, realized we didn’t have enough gas to get where we needed to go? Having a sensor in the car alert you that you’re low on gas would be a time/stress saver. In my house creating weekly grocery lists can be cumbersome. IoE connected kitchenGoing through cabinets one by one seeing what’s needed, and putting them down on the list. Of course, this always happens right when you’re ready to leave for the grocery store. Imagine going up to your refrigerator and having it email you a list of items needed. That’s huge, and can save you from having to run back to the store more than once because you forgot that important dinner item! Read More »

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IoE and JiT: making the future more efficient through connectivity

January 8, 2014 at 11:27 am PST

If there was a developing market opportunity that would bring you $19 trillion (with a “T”), you’d probably be interested, wouldn’t you. If that market’s impact on the world--not just the technology sphere--was going to have 5-10 times the impact ten years from now as it has been since the internet’s inception, you’d want to keep an eye on it.

Well, that’s the Internet of Everything for you.

John Chambers, CEO and Chairman of Cisco, gave a keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, nor should Cisco’s very close orbit around the core of the Internet of Everything (IoE) technology base.

What might surprise people would be some of the numbers Chambers threw around.

* Increasing retail revenue by $1.5 trillion with smart shopping carts and in-store integration--something it’s harder to do in online marketing, and something that could lead to a stronger in-store customer experience, thwarting the “showrooming” trend that is scaring bricks-and-mortar stores these days.

* Cutting nearly three-quarters of municipal electric bills (or nearly a third of government budgets) by using smart street lighting. * Decreasing traffic congestion by one third while improving revenues in a $41 billion niche with smart parking and traffic monitoring.

* The IoE could generate $4.6 trillion in value for the public sector by 2022.

* An estimated $19 trillion impact of the Internet of Everything in the public and private sector.

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The Importance of Executive Sponsorship

Executive sponsorship is one of the most important non-technical aspects of a project. Everyone knows about the technical: do we have rack space, is there enough power, did fibers get ordered, did the equipment ship, are the cut sheets ready? But rarely is thought given to the people aspect of projects.

What is Executive sponsorship? Executive sponsorship by definition is a role in project management, usually filled by the senior member of the project board and often the chair. The project sponsor will be a senior executive in a corporation (often at or just below board level) who is responsible to the business for the success of the project. Each company has a different structure and it will mean something different in each case, but the concept is the same for the majority. At our company the primary sponsor was the CIO.Executive Sponsorship

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Cloud: Are you confused, convinced or converted?

If you are in some way connected to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, you probably have an opinion on cloud-based services. The past couple of years have seen a frenzy of activity in the business to business cloud services with manufacturers, service providers, and users extolling the virtues of the virtual. Product and service models once confined to the realm of the consumer have started gaining mindshare within the business community. As someone who went through the stages of being confused, then convinced, and finally converted, some of my learnings from partnering with Cisco to launch a Unified Collaboration as a Service (UCaaS) in Canada may be of interest to some of you.Collaboration from the cloud -2

Interest in UCaaS typically stems from one of two areas of the market – providers and users. Irrespective of which side of the business you fall, you are likely to come across some, if not all, of the concerns listed below when considering the deployment of a UCaaS solution. Read More »

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Driving to work in Internet of Everything

Recently Ford celebrated the success of the SYNC® system with its 10-Millionth SYNC equipped vehicle. For those who don’t know what the Ford SYNC system is, head over to the Ford Technology page and get yourself educated. What’s important about this milestone is the fact car connectivity has reached critical mass.  This milestone really is a building block that will pave the way for a fully connected vehicle experience with IOE (Internet of Everything).  Doug VanDagens, global director of connected services solutions for Ford Motor Company is quoted by saying “It’s our goal to turn the connected vehicle into an intelligent vehicle.”  Let’s imagine for a minute the possibilities.

Drive To Work

You leave the house for work, get into your vehicle and turn it on.  Immediately your NEST thermostat knows you are leaving the house and turns your thermostat to “Away” mode. As you’re driving to work your vehicle reroutes you automatically as there is an accident 5 KM ahead.  While on your re-routed course you come across a Tim Horton’s and know you just gotta grab a Double-Double coffee.  Read More »

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