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The Transformation of GE General Electric (GE) has been a household name for more than a century, thanks in large part to its role in making households easier to run. Starting with the light bulb invented by its founder, Thomas Edison, GE has been selling devices ("things") to consumers throughout its 122-year history. Last week, GE announced that it is officially leaving that job to others. While the lighting division will stay, GE will now turn its attention to selling industrial machinery and analytics as a service to other companies. GE's transformation to focus on building industrial machines such as aircraft engines, locomotives, gas-fired turbines and medical imaging equipment has been underway for quite some time. But for those that grew up with GE, the company's catchy slogan, "We bring good things to life," used between 1979 and 2003, is synonymous with wh... (more)

Stay Current on the Internet of Things

What Internet of Things (IoT) technology is of most interest to you? Do you currently use any IoT applications or IoT-based products? What challenges do you predict IoT will face? Is your business considering any IoT offerings? You're invited to MetraTech's monthly Twitter chat to discuss these questions and more. As of Tuesday, June 17, MetraTech will host a monthly Twitter chat for individuals interested in machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT topics. During these chats, we'll help keep you current on news, events and happenings within the IoT market, and give you a platform to exp... (more)

Living with “Fast” and “Slow” Internet Lanes: FCC Votes in Favor

The Internet has been buzzing over the recent news of a federal proposal that creates the equivalent of "slow" and "fast" lanes online. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Thursday, May 15, 3-2 in favor of a new proposal that enables the creation of Internet fast lanes, where broadband and cable providers such as Comcast can charge companies like Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and other over-the-top (OTT) providers to pay for priority traffic over a fast lane. The original FCC Open Internet Order of 2010 didn't declare that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were common... (more)

Facebook Plays Short and Long Game with WhatsApp and Oculus Rift | Part 1

When Facebook decided to invest a cool $19 billion ($16 billion upfront) for messaging app WhatsApp the entire world was bound to take notice. Telecommunications types, in particular, were keen to understand how this latest move would impact them as mobile operators have been feeling the heat from over the top (OTT) players like Google and Facebook for years. (To put this $19 billion in perspective, AT&T, one of the world's largest telecom carriers, invests about $20 billion in networks and spectrum in an entire year.) Shortly thereafter, in another surprise move and with the dus... (more)

‘Business as Usual’ Not an Option

This month, we released our latest MetraNet® 8.0 software. What makes this release particularly exciting is that it bridges the gap between the complex business models and customer and partner empowerment that is unique to MetraTech with the user experience typically found in consumer software. In other words, form meets utility and function without compromise. Enterprises across all industries are being forced to adapt to unprecedented levels of change. If there is one phrase that needs to be removed from the enterprise vernacular, it is "business as usual." Today business is mes... (more)