Whether their customers are individuals or global enterprises, all industries now face a range of challenges and opportunities presented by a ‘digital-first’ world. As a consequence, traditional companies are looking for ways of complementing and differentiating their product-based business models with value-based services. A recent Frost & Sullivan estimation foresees that 70 percent of Fortune 500 companies are expected to develop new business models that provide product-as-a-service.Read More
This famous quote isn’t just applicable to Spiderman, it’s also very applicable to technology. Today, with the Internet of Things (IoT), businesses have the power to develop intelligent, useful products and services. Yet many are so trapped in the web of simply making products, that they are neglecting the protection and privacy side of IoT technologies. By doing so, IoT companies are only one IT security nightmare away from destroying their brand and credibility.Read More
Any organization wanting to be the next market game changer has to put innovation on the top of their agenda. Top leaders know that innovation is a way of thinking, not just a project, and therefore CIOs are tasked by the CEO to have a flexible and trusted infrastructure that supports innovation. According to Gartner’s Pace Layered Application Strategy: “(...)competing goals often lead to strategic misalignment”. A key concept to succeed is to have “Business and application organizations collaborating on innovations, ideation and experimentation”1.Read More
Keeping track of your physical assets: devices, tools, equipment and real estate, to name a few, already requires managing and maintaining large amounts of information. Where are your assets? Who is using them? These are typical questions companies encounter on a daily basis and their answers are critical to maintain efficient operations. Errors in this information and delays in accessing asset data can result in loss of productivity and higher costs. But what happens when your assets start generating data of their own?Read More
This is part two of our series on The Internet of Things. Click here for part one
We’ve said it before in earlier blogs but “…2016 is the year of Internet of Things (IoT)”. As Gartner also notes1 “…IoT will be the most game-changing IT initiative since cloud computing in terms of new business opportunities, and its impact on IT.”
Yet as the number of IoT-enabled devices increases, existing legacy systems might struggle to manage the volume and variety of new data being generated.Read More
This is part one of our series on the Internet Of Things (IoT). Please find Part 2: The Data Goldmine here.
Traditional centralised databases will always have a role to play in analytics. However, the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) suggests that we will soon live in a world that’s anything but centralised. Estimated to be worth somewhere between $3.9 trillion and $11.1 trillion by 20251 IoT technologies are giving physical products the sensor and online capability to report back on their own status as well as to communicate with other devices, all via the existing internet. As these IoT initiatives flourish, data management will move from the central data repository towards the edge of the network.Read More
The annual company report. The weekly project management meeting. The current sales forecast.
Important decisions are made every day based on the content of such reports and documents. But where does the information that supports this content come from? How is it defined? Who says it’s appropriate to use and for what purpose?
It’s no secret that 2016 is the year of Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics and related technologies including smart devices. And it’s nothing new that this is impacting our lives in ways we didn’t think possible just a few years ago. This summer it will be interesting to see these technologies unfold when some of the world’s biggest sporting events take place.Read More
Have you seen the movie Zootopia? A few weeks ago, I watched it with my kids. One of the most beloved characters is the sloth Flash, who works in the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. Trying to get information from him is a little bit tedious as you can see in the trailer.Read More