Tag Archives: IoT

IoT considerations for CIOs

[My post in Computerworld, May 4, 2015]

Gartner has predicted that by 2020 the Internet of Things will grow to 26 billion objects. (This excludes smartphones, tablets and PCs, which will account for a separate 7.3 billion devices, Gartner adds.) With these kinds of staggering numbers, there is a disruption in the making — and we CIOs need to be ready for it.  Read more…

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The Internet of Things & IP Address Needs

[My post in Information Week, Network Computing, April 16, 2015 ]

With IPv6, there’s no need to fear that there won’t be enough IP addresses for IoT. The real question is whether every ‘thing’ needs its own IP address.  Read more…

2015 Predictions

[My post in Virtual-Strategy Magazine, January 5, 2015]

2015 promises to be an exciting but challenging year for IT departments. The further availability of affordable devices will lead to an increase in network bandwidth and security issues while the much anticipated Windows 10 will make its debut. Based on my observations, here are four predictions for 2015 with a better than average chance of playing out.  Read more…

Plan an Internet of Things Architecture in the Data Center

[Some of my comments have been included in TechTarget’s SearchDataCenter post on IoT by Alan R. Earls, December 2, 2014.  Earl’s article is also included in Modern Infrastructure: Internet of Things coming to an infrastructure near you]

The rapid development of IoT poses certain threats to the data center, like chaos and added storage demands. How do you plan for such a surge of new technology?  Read more…

Marketing and IT — A Flourishing Partnership

CIOsynergy in Boston in August was a lively affair.  Along with a stellar keynote by John McAfee on the security dangers of mobile devices (your phone has likely been spying on you) and an introduction to ThingWorx, who provide a development platform for the Internet of Things, we had a diverse panel of CIOs to talk about the direction of enterprise IT, our successes and failures.  I was one of the panelists, joined by colleagues from Deloitte, NutriSavings, Loomis, Sayles and Co., East Boston Savings Bank and Boston Scientific.  Our moderator was Scott Shuster (formerly of ABC News, producer of NPR’s “All Things Considered”, Consulting Editor for McGraw-Hill and Business Week, to name a few of his accomplishments).

Scott asked me to comment on the recent spate of articles on the tension between IT and Marketing departments.  Forbes, for example, in its August 6, 2014, issue had an article on “How to avoid a CMO vs. CIO war”.  My take on this is: foolishness! Continue reading

Cloud, Mist, Fog, Droplets and the Internet of Things

Cloud, Mist, Fog, Droplets — I heard it all at an “Internet of Things” conference last Saturday, May 31, 2014. The event was sponsored by the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs in Boston.  Verizon, Cisco and a wearables startup Quanttus participated.  Quanttus was too secretive.  All they said was that they had raised 22M$ in their first year and were concentrating on cardiovascular monitoring and getting FDA approval for trials “soon”.  Verizon and Cisco were more forthcoming about their plans for IoT and the transformative beginnings of large scale machine to machine and machine to human data communications and the intelligent use of this data. Continue reading