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No self-respecting technology trend would be caught in public without a consortium or two, and now Internet of Things has added a new one, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). Founded by AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel, the IIC describes itself as "an open membership group focused on breaking down the barriers of technology silos to support better access to big data with improved integration of the physical and digital worlds." The big news seems to be that the United States government is given it a seeming stamp of approval. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said the IIC will "(link) physical objects to the full power of cyberspace (and) dramatically reshape how people interact with technology." Little ole prescient me wrote a few weeks ago that the IoT seems to be an enormous opportunity for the United States to reclaim some industrial & manufacturing prid... (more)

The Dynamic, Global ICT Opportunity

Do you want to go to the place with the most kinetic ICT growth? Visit Ethiopia (pictured below). Would you prefer to address the nations with dynamic ICT growth who face the largest overall challenges? Then go to Bangladesh. Or India. Or the Ivory Coast. Or would you simply like to go to a place where growth is dynamic yet steady, the economy is well developed, and all the ICT is above average? Then go to The Netherlands or Japan. These are some of the insights from our latest research developments. They are among literally thousands of questions that our results can answer. G... (more)

The IoT: What's Your Value Prop?

As we approach the final weeks before @thingsexpo, I'm reminded that all good things in IT eventually must be corralled by, you know, the IT department. The IoT will be no exception. In fact, given that the IoT will be driven primarily by sensors means by definition that IoT strategies won't be flying under the radar the way the original PC revolution did and much of today's mobile-driven BYOD phenomenon has been. Mobile devices will be drivers and beneficiaries of IoT applications as well, but always as a function of what enterprises are planning, whether the mobile device is ... (more)

Putin Hurts Russian Tech Leadership, Badly

A web of large-scale business and trade connections is making it difficult to imagine a successful strategy and tactics to counter Vladimir Putin's Crimean land grab. Putin himself seems to be unconcerned with nuance and complication, as he bulldozes onward Russia's abrupt takeover of the region seems to have been cynically planned to occur just as Putin was basking in the afterglow of demonstrating his power in running a terror-free Olympic games. Commentators worldwide are slinging wild comparisons of Putin's actions with historical events. But it seems to me that the most rece... (more)

In the IoT No One Can Hear You Scream

The IT department is a favored punching bag in any enterprise. This applies to that young kid who takes care of the computers for a small business and to that entire building over there with a couple hundred people for a large company. IT is rigid. Imperious. Not helpful. Hostile. IT does things like make you change your password every few months, curbs your email storage, hands down the latest inflexible applications revs from on-high. IT has no clue about the real business going on here, and doesn't care. Ignorance and apathy are virtues over there. And say a new word about, ... (more)