Slip Sliding Away to the Edge

The IoT is a distributed computing challenge. Smart Systems and IoT deployments are by their very nature distributed systems. We hear lots of talk about the “cloud” as it relates to the IoT to the point that in many cases it seems like the “cloud” is being presented as the…

A Brave New Distributed Energy Future

We have portrayed a vision of smart energy driven by real-time, interactive communication networks that provide services and are adopted in a manner very similar to the evolution of the web and the Internet. In this vision, customers and consumers would be able to see variable pricing changes in real…

Back to the Future – Smart Systems and IoT Evolution Challenges

Many IT equipment suppliers, silicon suppliers, enterprise software players and wireless carriers have re-elevated their interest in the Smart Systems and Internet of Things arena because of the arrival of 5G wireless technologies.  Many of these players are “old hands” having focused on connected opportunities for some time and many…

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The Key to Unlocking Smart Home Ecosystems

The “Smart Home” has always had the potential to unleash unprecedented value for comfort and convenience as well as safety and security.  The sheer volume of manufacturers, service providers and tech companies addressing the residential arena is a testament to its potential. However, today’s smart home market remains fragmented with…

Capturing The Value in AI is More Elusive Than People Think

Marvin Minsky, a cognitive scientist and one of the fathers of artificial intelligence, liked to say [in the early 2000s] that we can make a computer capable of beating the reigning genius of chess, but we can’t make a robot capable of walking across the street as well as any…

The Future Network of Networks

The concept of network effects states that the value of networks grows exponentially with the number of nodes connected to it. Given the emergence of the many different types of networks for voice, video, sensors, machines, mobile radios and more, our society is at the cusp of a “perfect storm”…

Failure of IoT Platforms

Who will be the winners and who will lose as the Smart Systems Platform opportunity develops? In the much larger and more complex world of business-to-business technology, there is no vendor that has the clear leadership position. While the “Internet of Things” platform opportunity represents a market of vast potential,…

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Compelling driver experiences and services are the future of the connected car, but automakers and suppliers are struggling to meet expanding driver needs while also aligning their business models to capture new value.
The Platform Opportunity Requires a Distinct Strategy

The Smart Systems platform market opportunity presents multiple challenges for diverse participants. From core technology innovation, to business models, to ecosystem development and on and on. This market opportunity represents a very complex set of inter-related elements. Designing a successful “platform” business involves optimizing all of these elements. Key success…

Smart Systems Platform Challenges

Current computer science operates with models of information, networking, and database schemas that were conceived in the mainframe and client server eras and cannot serve the needs of a truly connected world.  Data today is locked in silos, on both a system-by-system basis and by vertical use. Software development is…

Smart Cities A Significant Growth Opportunity

Today, developed countries are beginning to modernize aging infrastructure while embracing technologies to improve their resource utilization. Meanwhile, in developing nations, regions are undergoing massive urbanization efforts to improve the status of essential infrastructure, such as drinking water transport and storage. However, this urban growth is not without major challenges.

The Future of 3D Printing

The 3D printing value chain consists of systems manufacturers, systems providers, materials and software suppliers, and end users and customers. Major manufacturers are competing with emerging players to deliver this new disruptive technology while top software players will continue to align with leading printer manufactures for end-to-end solutions. Emerging players…

Turn Your IoT Data Nightmare into Analytical Insights

Legacy data management and analytics offerings, which were built for a pre-IoT world, are not equipped to handle this deluge of structured and semi-structured data from machine logs, sensors and other devices. But fortunately, emerging data management and analytics solutions can address these challenges much more quickly and in a…

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