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Five Truths about the Internet of Everything

Five Truths about the Internet of Everything

I’ve been spending a lot of time talking and thinking about a world in which everything is connected.  The Internet of Everything isn’t some futuristic Idea that we are dreaming about, it’s charging forward at incredible speed and everything is being connected.  I’d like to look at five characteristics or truths about IOE that are becoming evident:

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Riding the Internet of Everything Wave

Last week I attended the Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise (CITE) expo in San Francisco – home of delicious seafood and great surfing. At the conference I had a chance to talk about the changing tide of IT and how we can prepare for the next big swell.

Throughout history there are moments in time that define innovation.

In 1939, two guys in a garage built the first audio oscillator. It was sold to Disney and helped create Fantasia. In 1973, Motorola built the first mobile phone.  It weighed 2.5 pounds and was 9 inches long.  It let you talk for 30 minutes.  Then you needed 10 hours to charge it.  This was innovation at its finest.

Now today, the Internet of Everything is connecting people, processes, data and devices like never before. We can either ride this wave or get slammed.  Read More »

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Digital Britain: The True Meaning of Innovation in Action

June 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm PST

When you hear or see the term innovation, what does it make you think of next?  Is it a start-up, a product, a large corporate — or something else?

The term innovation is overused so much in today’s business world that I am getting tired of reading about it.  People have included the word on their LinkedIn profiles “…I am an innovative individual…’’

Are you, really?  What have you done that proves this statement? What new business venture have you started, or new product did you invent?

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What an Orchestra and a Mobile Device have in Common

Orchestras are often used as metaphors for all sorts of things--organizational structure, planning sessions and even families.

Have you been to the symphony recently? Musicians sit in a regimented ordering around the stage. The concertmaster sets the tune. The conductor lifts the baton. And then, with the pull of a bow across a string, or breath across a mouthpiece, the music begins. Throughout the performance, each section of the orchestra plays a specific part – either separately or together – to create a harmonized work of art.

The prestigious Czech National Orchestra, known for its versatility, lived up to its reputation during a recent performance (for a new BNP product called Hello Bank!). They put their instruments – some hundreds of years old – aside in favor of newer, more common instruments: smartphones and tablets.

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Future of Networking: the US Ignite Application Summit

Are your local community leaders aspiring to become part of the emerging Gigabit Elite? There are few places around the globe that can say they’re already part of this shortlist of municipalities that have gained access to (or will soon) the ultimate in superfast broadband services.

Back in September of 2012, Howard Baldwin wrote an editorial entitled “Private or Public Sector: Who Should Deploy Broadband?” and I believe that was the first time that I had pondered the implications of what it might be like to have a symmetrical one-gigabit broadband internet connection at home.

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