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CIO or IT Services Broker?

In the heart of the overall shift from cloud computing as an isolated project to a central IT strategy, a particular tenet is reigning supreme: hybrid IT strategies. As cloud computing continues to evolve, new technologies are emerging to support the dynamic creation of cloud services. CIOs are increasingly feeling the need to deal with hybrid environments.  But how? Enter the rise of hybrid IT process models and the positioning of IT as a service broker.

Gartner recently identified hybrid cloud and IT as a Service broker (ITaaSB) in its Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends; they also highlighted how to move to an ITaaSB environment in their research titled: Top 10 Technology Trends, 2013: Cloud Computing and Hybrid IT Drive Future IT Models.

 
ITServiceBroker

But what exactly is an IT services broker? And how can we help make this shift?

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#ExecInsights: IoE, Healthcare, and Parking Among Hot Topics at Gartner Symposium

So, it turns out the most tweeted topic from my recent presentation at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo was about how much of their lives Parisian motorists spend searching for parking (let’s just say it’s more than a year!).  

As I told the audience in Orlando, that stress-ridden search is one of countless challenges we can tackle and improve by connecting people, processes, data, and things to the Internet of Everything (IoE). (For more on connected parking, see Wim Elfrink’s blog.)

Interest in the Internet of Everything was high at #GartnerSym. In my meetings with several analysts, CIOs and IT leaders, it was clear today’s CxOs get the amazing possibilities the Internet of Everything can offer. In fact, more and more real-world examples are coming to light of networked connections not only driving business innovation but also changing lives.  

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Gartner ITxpo: The Internet of Everything Drives Business Innovation

In a few days, I have the opportunity to discuss how the Internet of Everything (IoE) is opening up new levels of innovation, business models, and economic opportunity to CIOs and IT leaders at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013.

It’s no small task explaining the vast possibilities the Internet of Everything can offer, but here’s a sneak peek of the key points including:

  • Understanding the Internet of Everything. Despite all that is connected to the Internet, more than 99% of the world is still unconnected. As IoE works to connect people, process, data, and things that were previously unconnected, networked connections will become more relevant and more valuable than ever before, especially as we connect in new ways.
  • The Tremendous Value at Stake. Cisco predicts that $14.4 trillion of value will be “at stake” over the next decade. That’s the combination of increased revenues and lower costs that is created or will migrate among private-sector companies and industries over the next 10 years. IoE has the potential to grow global corporate profits by an estimated 21% by 2022.
  • Examples of Real-World Innovation. IoE is changing our lives in fields such as education, healthcare, and Smart+Connected Communities. Imagine how networked connections can bring together employees, teachers, students and more to increase productivity and efficiency. We are just cracking the surface of what’s possible.
  • Technology Implications and Solutions for the IoE Economy. The network is the only connection point that touches everything (people, process, data and things) and must provide an intelligent, manageable, secure infrastructure that can scale to support billions of context-aware devices.

If you are attending the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013, join me on October 7 as I demo real-world scenarios and offer steps today’s IT leaders can start taking now to capture the IoE Value at Stake. I look forward to seeing you there.

Presentation Title: Networked Connections Drive Business Innovation: The Internet of Everything

Date and Time:  Monday, October 7, 2013, 3:45-4:30 p.m. ET

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Florida

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When Sensors Act Like Teenagers

A common cornerstone of both the Internet of Things and Internet of Everything concepts is the idea of a future with billions, if not trillions, of connections to the Internet. As the Internet of Everything connects objects, data, people and processes, the future of connected things will not be traditional computers or smartphones. Rather, it may be your refrigerator, or a traffic light, or even a litter box. Basically, anything that can have a status change that will interest someone has the potential to be connected to the Internet in order to alert you to that change.

The idea of being alerted to important information automatically is appealing. After all, if your refrigerator is having a cooling issue and it can send you a text alert, you can save money by taking corrective action before your milk and other products go bad. However, not all of the data generated by the Internet of Everything will be of high value. In fact, most of it will be of little value at all.

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Why Connections (not Things) Will Change the World

Much has been made of the “Internet of Things” and a growing array of “smart” things that will soon change nearly every aspect of our lives — from Google’s driverless car and iRobot’s Ava 500 video collaboration robot to “smart” pill bottles that will automatically renew a prescription and remind you when to take it.

While we often think that it’s all about the things, it’s not actually the “things” that create the value, it’s the connections among people, process, data, and things — or the Internet of Everything—that creates value.

You can see the power of connections by adding a sensor and an Internet connection to any “dumb” thing. Consider, for example, your front door lock. It has no “intelligence” of its own — it’s simply a mechanical device that allows you to open and close the front door of your house. But if you add a sensor with a connection to the cloud, that “dumb” device can take an image of your face, send it to the cloud for analysis, and determine whether or not to let you into the house, based on facial-recognition technology. The lock itself doesn’t have the intelligence or compute power to make this decision, but the cloud does. It’s the connection that makes this “dumb” thing “intelligent.”

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