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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)

Monetizing Machine-to-Machine #M2M | @ThingsExpo [#IoT #BigData #API]

There is a burst of creative ideas emerging in the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) space or what has become more affectionately known as the Internet-of-things world. With so many opportunities around the globe to connect devices and assets, many companies are starting to stake out claims in the M2M space. However, while much of the attention has been focused on the machine part of the equation, people are the ultimate stakeholders. After all, it is the individual who will benefit and have the power to act on the information through smart apps. Some of the most promising opportunities a... (more)

Monetizing Complex Services of the Future

In my last blog, I speculated about some of the opportunities that could arise from the implementation and subsequent evolution of SDN and NFV across virtual carrier networks. With companies like Google well-advanced in the implementation of an SDN control plane to manage its flow of bits around the world, service providers are quickly realizing they need to move. There will always be a need for some kind of communications fabric to deliver information (today, in the form of strings of bits) from one physical location to another. NFV and SDN provide a roadmap for building ubiquito... (more)

Cloud-As-It-Is Versus Cloud-As-We'd-Like-It-To-Be | Part 1

It is hard to believe that there was a time when "the cloud" didn't exist. Then, maybe 50 years ago, a lot of cloud-like things started to happen, such as remote computing, networked computing, resource sharing, virtual networks, and then, eventually, the Internet. But it still wasn't the cloud. Large-scale virtualization of computing and increasingly powerful ways of managing and sharing that computing power resulted in the term "the cloud." Everything was up in the air for a while as various vendors tried to align their own ideas of what the cloud might be with other ideas, and... (more)

Everything-as-a-Service Creates Product Catalog Blues | Part 2

In my last post, we learned that services are only like products if you are willing to oversimplify them. And if you oversimplify them, you can miss out on business opportunities. Services (actions supported by things) differ in several important ways from products (things supported by actions). While product options are generally well defined up front by the manufacturer, customers for services want to mix and match pieces of different services and essentially create their own new service. The definition of the service can easily become fuzzier and fuzzier as you serve more cus... (more)