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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. EsmeraldaSwartz @ThingsExpo Blog: ▸ Here Download Slides: ▸ Here The big question everyone is asking is "Where does IoT currently stand?" Certainly there has been tremendous hype. Analyst firm Gartner went so far as to place the IoT atop its 2014 Gartner Hype Cycle, displacing big data, the favorite f... (more)

2014: Customers Rejoice in the Year of Service Personalization

As we enter a new year, it is time to look back over the past year and resolve to improve upon it. In 2014, we will see more service providers resolve to add more personalization in enterprise technology. Below are seven predictions about what will drive this trend toward personalization. The Internet of Things turns into the Internet of Agents. M2M connections and multi-agent systems will result in an increasing number of highly personalized, value-added branded services. The latest Gartner forecast for the Internet of Things (IoT) predicts that by 2020, there will be $309 bill... (more)

Net Neutrality: Are We on a Collision Course? | Part 1

The cable companies and telcos who dominate the U.S. market for Internet access won a victory when they succeeded in having the heart of the FCC's ruling on net neutrality struck down. Now, for the first time legally, those companies can both block content and offer fast lane services at their discretion. I have mentioned several times in my recent series of blogs that the eventual outcome of this decision may not be as obvious as we first thought: it may be less bad than network neutrality advocates feared, and rather less wonderful than some of the anti-neutrality advocates ho... (more)

Internet of Things Becomes High Fashion By @MetraTech | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Catch up with all the news from Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC) by reading parts one, two and three of this series. The recent Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 saw innovations in the worlds of cloud, mobile, social and global connectivity, but new developments in personal technology and security really drove home how the increasingly connected technology sphere is impacting users on an individual level. Below are a few examples of these trends. Wearables become fashion accessories Wearable technology was dominant at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) , and... (more)

Industrial Internet and Beyond | @ThingsExpo #IoT #API #InternetOfThings

Esmeralda Swartz @ThingsExpo Slides: ▸ Here In the last blog we started the conversation on our findings from @Cloud Expo 2015 and @ThingsExpo 2015 as the industry came together to explore the impact of Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) on business models as we know them. While often the focus of IoT are consumer services and the sometimes over-simplification of what constitutes an IoT company or service, one area there is no disputing is the significant advancement in the Industrial Internet (a term made popular by GE). Ongoing improvements in sensor technologies - including ... (more)