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The agreement between IBM and Apple to collaborate on mobility and Big Data will certainly rank as one of the big stories of the year in global enterprise IT. In addition to Apple's devices and IBM's custom apps, an absolute key to this deal will be telecommunications. As we all know, what we call Information Technology (IT) in the US is generally referred to as Information and Communications Technology (ICT) throughout the world, demonstrating telco's importance to the whole enchilada. Thus, we were fortunate to speak about the IBM/Apple deal recently with Robert Fox (pictured below), IBM's Global Industry Leader for Telecommunications Media & Entertainment. Here's what we asked, and what he had to say: Big Data Journal: Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned "Big Data Analytics" as a key reason to do business with IBM. From your point of view and IBM's point of view, what... (more)

My Mini-Manifesto for the IoT

We are formally announcing the IoT Project Framework at @ThingsExpo Nov 4-6 in Santa Clara, CA. it will feature four overriding goals for the IoT in the year 2040: 1. To reduce poverty & disease 2. To eliminate violence as a way of settling disputes 3. To spur beneficial economic development in all corners of the world 4. To produce political and societal leaders who will maintain progress You can participate by joining our list. There is no cost, no obligation, and we will not share this information with anyone! We will merely keep you informed about our progress & let you know of opp... (more)

IoT: I Don't Care How Big It Is!

I'm reading a McKinsey report from May 2013 that talks about 12 disruptive technologies, including cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT). I'll focus on the IoT here. The report estimates the IoT Internet to be worth between $2.7 and $6.2 trillion by the year 2025.(The world's combined GDP is about $72 trillion today.) When it comes to the IoT, the report says there could be 50 billion new devices connected to the Internet by 2025, or maybe a trillion. Give or take. With all due respect, these numbers are nonsense, perhaps, and irrelvant, doubtlessly. It does no one a... (more)

The Many Dimensions of Big Data & the IoT

It occurred to me, as I'm sure it's occurred to most of you, that driving a car is a classic example of the IoT in action. In this case, my brain is the CPU, and all of my car's gauges are the things.  I was making a routine 30-minute drive to raid a local vegetable stand. As I processed all the information coming in, I realized there were several dimensions to it. The same principle is at work with IoT projects, no matter what their scale. One of the classic charts/concepts widely used in information management is determining urgency vs. importance. Urgent & important things are r... (more)

IoT Manufacturing "Bigger" Opportunity

I had a fun conversation with Mark Van Rijmenam (@VanRijmenam) (pictured below) a couple of weeks ago about cloud computing, Big Data, and the IoT. Mark runs BigData-Startups.com in Den Haag, Netherlands. We were mutually amused that he had chosen the name Think Bigger for his new book just as I had chosen that name for a recent IoT piece. His book is now out, and can be found on Amazon. Mark sees as I do, an enormous opportunity for manufacturers with Big Data and IoT. He lives in a region of Europe known as the Randstad, encompassing 7 million people within 3,200 square miles ... (more)