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2016 Predictions: Mobile, Internet of APIs Economy, AI, IoT and Hybrid Cloud With another year coming to a close, it's time to dust off the crystal ball for our annual predictions. However, before we forecast any new insights, I want to look back at our 2015 predictions, which could be best summarized as a maturing of technology innovations introduced in prior years. Now that the fundamentals are in place, there's potential for significant shifts in both software and vendor shakeups in 2016. The emerging battleground of innovation continues to heat up between companies that make technology versus those that use it. Success will be determined by a company's ability to leverage and monetize its data and API assets, drive contextual interactions with customers, along with its organizational agility to react to competitive forces. Here is Part One of our 2016 predictions... (more)

To Future Proof or Not, That Is the Question

To be, or not to be" is the famous opening phrase of Hamlet's well-known soliloquy in Shakespeare's play Hamlet. In the soliloquy, Hamlet questions the meaning of life, and whether or not it is worthwhile to stay alive when life contains so many risks and hardships. He concludes that the primary reason people stay alive is due to a fear of death and the uncertainty of what lies beyond. Now what does this passage in Hamlet have to do with future proofing a business or monetization? Many organizations grapple with unknowns as well. "Do I just focus on the past and not worry about t... (more)

Mobile, Internet of APIs Economy, AI, IoT and Hybrid Cloud By @EsmeSwartz | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Today we continue with our 2016 predictions. If you missed our first installment, you can find it here. 6. Hybrid cloud drives cloud adoption in enterprises. According to IDC, 80 percent of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017. This has significant implications for the way enterprises need to organize themselves. All enterprises, not just those on the cutting edge, need to adapt their business models to leverage services that are made possible by the cloud. Beyond the requisite cost reduction, new opportunities emerge with cloud that are im... (more)

A Must-Attend Event: @ThingsExpo | #IoT #M2M #API #BigData #RTC

Are We Nearly There Yet? Moving from Connected Things to Connected Marketplaces This week, the team assembled in NYC for @Cloud Expo 2015 and @ThingsExpo 2015. For the past four years, this has been a must-attend event for MetraTech. We were happy to once again join industry visionaries, colleagues, customers and even competitors to share and explore the ways in which the Internet of Things (IoT) will impact our industry. Over the course of the show, we discussed the types of challenges we will collectively need to solve to capitalize on the opportunity IoT presents. EsmeraldaS... (more)

Is Internet of Things Really Internet of Agents? | Part 1

Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the resulting Internet of Things are leading us inexorably toward everything-as-a-service (XaaS). As more things get connected, the range of service opportunities expands. And as those services are presented online, they become available for use, re-use and re-purposing. At first thought, the idea of more connected devices suggests simply that there will be more devices around, and as such, more products for manufacturers to make and sell. That's true, but as I suggested in an earlier blog, even the manufacturers will realize that there is... (more)