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Top 5 Articles on Smart Systems From Harbor Research in 2016

Over the past year we have seen the market shift from trying to understand “What is the Internet of Things… and why is it so important?” to “Where are the opportunities … and how do we get there?” From the fragmentation in the IoT platform market to unique companies like and SkyFoundry driving different approaches to data management and analytics, our team has driven into the core of the problems and challenges business are facing today.

This year we will continue to deep dive into areas that matter.  The market still misunderstands the key business model shifts required to capitalize on the Internet of Things. In 2017, we will look the need for new business strategies which align the business and technology architectures including pricing and monetization from data to the continued evolution of analytics in the market. Our goal is to drive to the core of what is really going on beyond the hype. Read our top articles below, and reach out if you have questions.

  1. The Failure of IoT Platforms. Today, platforms for the Internet of Things are still a kludgy collection of yesterday’s technology and architectures that do not address the most basic development challenges. Even though many companies are telling fantastic IoT marketing stories about what their solutions can do, you wouldn’t know it from today’s fragmented collection of incomplete platforms, narrow point-solutions, and software incompatibility. Read Full Article Here
  2. The Age of Perfect Information. Today, significantly better tools are required to organize and integrate the huge volumes of sensor and equipment data for analysis. The conventional tools available for professionals within the IoT or the operational technology (OT) arena still fall far short of real world needs. Read Full Article
  3. From Atoms to Bits – The Physical Gets Metaphysical. In our view, mounting evidence suggests that most of the existing approaches to creating new growth businesses are of little value when it comes to emergent and disruptive opportunities like the Internet of Things.  These days all large manufacturers have a so-called “business system” which seems to have severely diminished managers’ ability to focus on new smart systems opportunities, take risks or do just about anything creative.  These robotic processes lead organizations further and further away from any kind of innovation and blur management’s vision. Read Full Article
  4. The Future of Smart Connected Systems and Information Automation.  The convergence of networked computing and large scale data management with real-time machine intelligence is driving the integration of the physical and virtual worlds. The intersection of these trends – the Internet of Things, Data and People – should create unimagined new values. But will it? The term “convergence” implies unification, but you wouldn’t know it from today’s rapidly evolving “Internet of Things” market—a fragmented landscape full of incomplete platforms, narrow point-solutions, and software incompatibility seemingly all based on the premise of some outsized dependency on big data and the cloud. Read Full Article
  5. Stuck In The Middle: How Can We Catalyze Smart Systems and Internet of Things Growth. Flexibility, innovation, and the ability to move quickly are essential elements of catalytic strategy. But from what we are observing in the IoT and Smart Systems and Services arena, the velocity of change in the marketplace and the number of variables in play exceed many managers’ ability to make confident and informed decisions. In our continued work with industry leaders who are pioneering new Smart Systems and Services and who have been able to drive sustainable growth and innovation over the long term, five major differences exist. Read Full Article

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