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Winning with the Internet of Things

Guest Blog with Fujitsu RunMyProcess

Winning with the Internet of Things

shutterstock_265601099Over the last 20 years we have seen successive innovations drive the influence of the Internet into new areas, connecting new kinds of resources, digitizing new interactions and opening up opportunities to challenge the underlying beliefs on which a range of industrial and social activities were based.

Every additional expansion has brought the emergence of new industry leaders – e.g. Amazon, Google, Facebook or Uber – who have used the expansion in connectivity to look at the world with fresh eyes.

Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) promises to drive the boundaries of the Internet further out than ever before, providing connectivity to potentially billions of everyday objects.  The sensors and actuators these objects embed will transform our understanding of real world events and enable us to simultaneously manipulate digital and physical environments in real time.  As connectivity penetrates the real world and transforms the potential of even the smallest and most mundane of everyday objects, huge new opportunities to transform customer experiences across a combination of digital and physical spaces will emerge.

But how do you become a winner in this new environment?  How do you maximize the benefits of these new information sources?  How do you leverage the newly connected things in combination with all of the other digital and human resources that already exist?  How do you go fast enough to stay ahead of the competition?  We believe that there are three principles that can help you drive a successful IoT strategy.

The Internet is the platform

Our first principle states that you can only achieve the full potential of the IoT by stressing the “Internet” over the “Things”.  Despite many waves of technology hype over the years, straightforward connectivity has been the most fundamental driver of transformational change.  It is therefore critical to base your IoT initiatives on existing Internet and Web standards at different layers, leveraging the ubiquitous protocols and patterns of the Internet to maximize connectivity potential and support open innovation.  Protocols such as Bluetooth smart, low power IPv6 and the constrained application protocol (CoAP) are bringing open, web-like access to smart objects while maximising their lifetime through sensible optimisations.

Think small to go large

Our second principle states that meaningful and disruptive innovation on the Internet has rarely been achieved in a top down, centrally planned fashion.  It is the open, chaotic and Darwinian nature of the Internet that has enabled such a high tempo of innovation.  Many discussions of the IoT, however, start with huge, complex and monolithic predictions of smart energy, smart agriculture, smart manufacturing, etc., which are on a scale that has little relevance to your business and which therefore cannot be grasped in terms of the small, actionable steps that you can take to start delivering value today.

To become a winner with the IoT you should ignore large, top down discussions and instead focus on rapidly delivering small, measurable improvements in individual activities and processes relevant to your business and its customers.  The technologies and platforms of the IoT are so low cost and easy to engage with that starting many small experiments is the best way to discover the potential value for your specific business.  In this sense successful approaches to IoT will need to leverage simple technologies and approaches that lower the barrier to entry for each individual case and which do not require the aggregation of many dubious business cases to provide a justification for large scale capital investment.

Connect value in the cloud

Our third principle states that the value of the IoT is meaningless unless you can seamlessly integrate and leverage the data it produces in a way which creates value at scale – for your customers, for your business or for society as a whole.  It’s not about individual sensors or smart devices; it’s about the way in which you combine them with other systems and people to rapidly deliver and evolve compelling, digitally transformed processes and activities.  The IoT should not be seen as a separate technology category – and yet another silo – but simply as an extension of the resources available to you in innovating and optimising your wider digital business processes.

For these reasons a high productivity platform as a service focused on rapid process transformation and integration is an ideal place to unlock the value of the IoT in combination with the wider digital environment.  By abstracting away low level technology, such platforms leave you free to focus on the rapid creation of valuable new digital flows which easily connect the people, systems and sensors necessary to deliver, test and scale systems which transform value for your customers and colleagues.  Most importantly using a high level platform as a service will enable you to deliver, test and scale your new processes faster than competitors who get bogged down in low level technology management of infrastructure and middleware.

And the winner is…

The IoT is bringing huge new opportunities to integrate information spanning the physical and digital worlds, opening up a whole new set of activities for digital disruption.  While grandiose concepts and technical language can make the subject seem overwhelming, use of these three principles can put you in a position to experiment and deliver at extremely low cost.

To prove the point we recently used our own principles to experiment with ways of improving the response to cycling accidents, connecting wearables, sensors, cloud services and mobile devices within a new digital flow.  By using CoAP, focusing on the improvement of a specific outcome and using our PaaS to connect across the whole environment we were able to help a small partner create significant value in just a few days.

The first key step to winning with the IoT is therefore to actually move; the low cost of experimentation and importance of gaining insight into this disruptive new area all make it critical to start shaping your future now – otherwise someone, somewhere will shape it for you.

Ian Thomas

ian thomasIan Thomas is a Fujitsu strategist and thought leader currently serving as Chief Marketing Officer of Fujitsu RunMyProcess.

Ian is an active writer and contributor to both Fujitsu thought leadership content and to external peer-reviewed conferences.  Most recently he has published a range of papers on the evolution of the Web and on the convergence of the Internet of Things, cloud and social infrastructures.  In this context he has also delivered a number of invited talks in various events around the world.

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Boosting Conversions in the Cloud @AppDirect #telcocloud

By Richard Dufty, VP of Worldwide Sales and Strategic Partnerships

AppDirect

Today’s small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are driving a software revolution. Just a few years ago, these companies went to retail locations to buy software, install it, and configure their systems to run it—or hire someone to do all of this for them. Now SMBs can simply go online to purchase and use powerful cloud-based software solutions.

In fact, more SMBs than ever before are turning to these cloud solutions; recent research indicates that 60 percent of SMBs currently use cloud services, a number that is set to grow rapidly within the next few years. Sparked by this growth, the worldwide market for SMB cloud computing is predicted to reach $40 billion by the end of this year.

Software providers are already starting to see real evidence of these trends. In late May 2013, Microsoft announced that the cloud-based version of its flagship productivity suite, called Office 365, reached one million subscribers in 100 days, faster than Dropbox and Facebook. Microsoft’s numbers translate to an average of more than one Office 365 subscription sold every second in the last three and a half months.

Demand for Cloud Services Rises, but Success Isn’t Guaranteed

As SMBs increase demand for cloud-based apps, cloud service marketplaces are increasingly common. According to Gartner, 50 percent of the top 100 service providers will offer cloud services to their customers by 2015.

“Service providers really do not have a choice,” the analyst firm adds, “but must offer cloud services to protect their current market and to stay connected to their customers.”

Despite the surge of marketplaces, SMBs still face challenges purchasing and managing cloud-based applications. Almost 60 percent of SMBs say they lack the resources to implement new technologies, while 57 percent say they simply don’t have the time to do so.

For these reasons, service providers are ideally positioned to become SMBs’ cloud partner of choice. These providers already serve an important role for SMBs, offering essential business services—including Internet, voice, and mobile—that companies rely on. For busy SMBs, the option of turning to a trusted provider for cloud solutions can not only save time, but also make cloud adoption less intimidating.

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Less than 3 weeks to go until the Telco Cloud World Forum North America #telcocloud

With only 3 weeks to go until the Telco Cloud World Forum North America  there is still time for you to secure your place!

This event is free for carriers and enterprises. If you do fall into this criteria and still would like the opportunity to meet with senior decision makers from leading carriers, we would be delighted to welcome you to the event; you can register your place online here.

For a refresh about the event and to view the most recent agenda please click here.

Pre-event networking

Next Week! Network with fellow attendees prior to the event with our online networking tool. Available to speakers, sponsors and delegates, this is a fantastic way to initiate introductions, network and set up meetings with participants prior to the event. In addition, post event materials such as speaker presentations will also be available!
  
Interested in joining us?
  
Online: www.northamerica.cloudworldseries.com/register
Call: +44 (0) 20 7017 5529
Email: registrations@cloudworldseries.com

Interested in networking?

Are you a Cloud vendor/solution provider looking to share your expertise with our audience? We have a limited number of opportunities remaining to join our bespoke networking events and present your solutions.

For further information, please contact: Matt Williamson, Business Development Manager | +44 (0) 20 7017 5450 | matt@cloudworldseries.com

Ready to scroll through the speaker line-up? – let’s go!

Andy, McInturff, Business Development Director – BT Compute, BT Global Services
David Strom, Analyst, Gigaom
Dennis Bennett, Global Enterprise Account Executive, AT&T
Jack Weixel, Head of Service Provider Markets, Google
James Davis, Senior Analyst – Networks & Media, 451 Research
Jared Alfson, Health IT Engineer, Rural Health Telecom
Jon Summers, SVP of Growth Platforms, AT&T
Kent Landry, Senior Solutions Consultant for Managed Services and Cloud, Windstream
Kevin Burke, General Manager, International, BCSG
Mike, Tighe, Executive Director Data Services, Comcast Business
Mike, Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Services, Ovum
Paul Congdon, Chair of the Wireless and Mobile Working Group, ONF
Raul Mangalindan, Senior Audit Manager, Bell Canada
Richard Dufty, VP of Worldwide Sales and Strategic Partnerships, AppDirect
Steve Augustino, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Steve Scarlett, Head of Technology, NFV and SDN, NSN
Toby Ford, Assistant Vice President, Information Technology Operations, Strategic Realization, AT&T & Board of Directors, OpenStack Foundation, AT&T
Tom Platt, Commercial Director, BCSG
Adi Mendel, VP Product Management & Marketing, Allot Communications
Arun Rajagopal, Technology Strategy & Architecture Manager, Sprint
Brett Brock, Voice Systems Engineer, Cox Communications
Brian Joe, Manager – Content Planning & Strategy, Verizon
Chris King, Senior Director Product Marketing – Networks & Analytics, Oracle
Chris Liou, Vice President of Network Strategy, Infinera
Donald Keeler, SVP Business Devlopment, Hitachi CTA
Geng Lin, CTO – Corporate Networks, Google
Julius Francis, Director of Product Management – Cloud Applications, BTI Systems
Marian Croak, SVP Domain 2.0 & Advanced Services Deployment, AT&T
Maurizio De Paola, Senior Project Manager – Control Layer Innovation, Telecom Italia
Mike Capuano, Vice President Marketing, Infinera
Mitch Auster, Senior Director Market Development, Ciena
Monica Paolini, Founder and President, Senza Fili Consulting
Ning So, Head of Network Architecture & Mobile Broadband Services, Tata Communications
Omar Baldonado, Manager – Infrastructure Software Engineering, Facebook
Patrick Lopez, Founder & CEO, Core Analysis
Paul Parker-Johnson, Practise Lead – Cloud & Virtual Systems Infrastructure, ACG Research
Shazia Hasnie, Senior Director Network Architecture & Planning, MegaPath
Sriram Natarajan, Senior Researcher, Deutsche Telekom Labs
Stanley Aiyanyor Ogbeide, Senior Network Engineer, iConnect South Africa
Tony Fallows, CEO, Aria Networks
Vijai Karthigesu, Chief Operating Officer, Cloud Dynamics
Vinay Bannai, SDN Architect, eBay
Chris Towery, Manager, High Data Rate Submarine and Terrestrial Fiber, Corning Optical Communications
David Jameson, Sr Product Manager of EMS/NMS Product Lines, Fujitsu
Dhananjay Sampath, Senior Research Scientist, Deutsche Telekom Labs
Jeff Finkelstein, Executive Director- Network Architecture, Cox Communications
Rick Talbot, Principal Analyst Optical Infrastructure, Current Analysis
Rob Adams, VP of Product Management, Transmode
Anuradha Udunuwara, Engineer, Sri Lanka Telecom
Bert Buescher, Director of Technical Sales, North America, Coriant
David Plant, Professor, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University
Dr. Tiejun Xia, System Architect/DMTS, Verizon
Fady Masoud, VP Product and Technical Marketing, Ciena
Gilles Garcia, Director Wired Communication Business Unit, Xilinx
Glenn Wellbrock, Director of Backbone Network Architecture, Verizon
Jimmy Yu, VP of Optical Transport Market Research, Dell’Oro Group
Jon Baldry, Technical Marketing Director/ WDM PON Forum Board Member, Transmode/WDM PON
Mark Lloyd Jones, VP Product Solutions, Xtera
Masahito Tomizawa, Executive Manager, NTT Network Innovation Labs
Mattias Fridstrom, VP & Head of Technology, Teliasonera International Carrier
Mehmet Toy, Distinguished Engineer, Comcast Cable
Michael Freiberger, Senior Network Planner, Verizon
Michael McGarry, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Eng, University of Texas at El Paso
Michael Sabelhaus, Principal, Optical Planning and Marketing, Fujitsu
Michael Strickland, SVP Engineering and Technology, Spread Networks
Nilson Machado, Transport Network-Planning, TIM Brazil
Philippe Perrier, SVP of Product Line Management, Xtera
Rafael Martins, Optical Engineer, Telefonica VIVO Brazil
Roderick Dottin, Project Manager- Fiber & Collocation, Orange
Saurabh Patil, Long-haul Optical Transport Design Engineer, Cox Communications
Steve Pelosi, Head of Optical Business Unit, Fujitsu
Stuart Benington, Director of Cloud & SDN Business Unit, Coriant
Vinay, Rathore, Sr. Director Solutions Marketing, Infinera
Vladimir, Kozlov, Founder & CEO, LightCounting
Weidong, Zhou, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Nanophotonics Lab (NPLAB), University of Texas Arlington

More specifically, speakers will discuss:

AT&T will address the challenges on building brand equity with enterprise IT buyers
Opencast will cast lights on if and where there is room for telco’s to become CSPs
Comcast will provide valuable advice on formulating specialised services and coherent sales strategies
BT Global Services will discuss the key role of the CIO in elevating the importance of the IT department and their role in building company strategy
Nokia Networks will identify methods to harness the power of NFV technology
Google will assist carriers to leverage their existing infrastructure and capabilities
Bell Canada will showcase how to drive enterprise mobility and BYOD in the next generation enterprise
Leading analysts from 451 Research and Windstream will elaborate on successful strategies for telcos to strengthen their position in the cloud market
Kelley Drye & Warren will outline the certification requirements of supplying cloud services to government organisations
BCSG will advise on how to better understand and respond to the needs of your small business customers
AppDirect will explain how to enable and monetize the changing ICT landscape with cloud service brokerage

For more information and to view the event agenda click here.

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*We respect the right of any company to class themselves as a carrier/mobile network operator or enterprise end user customer or prospective customer, but free places are awarded at Informa Telecoms & Media’s discretion.

Cloud World Forum Africa 2014 | Post Event Report Published #cloudafrica

Review of Cloud World Forum Africa 2014

The 3rd Annual Cloud World Forum Africa drew to a close after two days of stimulating discussion, interactive sessions and break-out workshops which drilled down in to how the migration to the Cloud has impacted businesses across the region, as well as the wider themes that are impacting the digital landscape in Africa for 2014 and beyond.

The 2014 edition saw an even wider variety of speakers and topics from the region with insightful sessions from

Amazon Web Services, Facebook, Folup, Vodacom, ODCA,  City of Cape Town, Ovum, DAV, Rand Water and more!

A huge two thirds of the audience were made up of enterprise and operator attendees, proving that the Cloud World Forum Africa is the meeting place for those responsible for ICT and Cloud across a wide variety of industries.

Don’t worry if you missed out, the Cloud World Forum Africa returns again in 2015 – a definite must-attend event for all of those involved with all things Cloud!

If you couldn’t make it this year, click here to download the 2014 post event report, and see why youcannot afford to miss the event next year!

Pre-register today and keep updated as the programme develops!

Highlights:

The speed networking sessions were as always one of the key highlights of the event and provided great opportunities for introductions with potential partners and business leads and lots of stimulating discussions!

The end of Day One saw attendees enjoy more networking as part of the hosted drinks reception and the Cloud World Series team were delighted to award Huawei with the awards for the Best Business Application Cloud Platform. During the event, Huawei showcased its FusionCube solution to demonstrate the evolution and reconstruction of the telecom industry in the cloud era, and to share insights on how cloud technology and network virtualisation will provide the biggest opportunities and challenges for operators going forward.

Industry Leaders |  70% Operator and Enterprise Attendees!

Speakers included;

Broadband Gurus * Carfordable and Brandcity.co.za * Chair, Manageability & Services Workgroup, Open Data Center Alliance * City of Cape Town * CXO Advisor *  DAV Professional Placement Group * Deutsche Telekom Group/T-Systems * Dimension Data * Facebook * Folup Inc * FTTH Council Africa * HP * Huawei *  ITNewsAfrica * ITWeb * Jenny Internet * Manager Applied Research Unit, Joburg Centre for Software Engineering @ Wits University * MEF * Nigerian Information Communication Technology Agency, Edo State Government *
Ovum * Rand Water * Standard Bank * Telstra

Testimonials:

“Informa brought all stakeholders (telco, enterprises, service providers) to this forum and lots of knowledge was shared among stakeholders.
Speakers and the content presented was excellent.  Event organisers have done a wonderful job. Well done Informa team!”
Paritosh Babla, Head of Division, Vodacom, Tanzania

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“Knowledge and experience shared at the conference will provide adequate guidance to make decisions about right cloud technology for both telco and its domain. Thank you Informa!”
Abiodun Aransi, MTN Nigeria

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“It is a very good platform to meet the right customers in telco and enterprises. Aleksandra and the team are very kind and helpful to arrange many meetings for us. Thank you all!”
Peter Cao, Board Director of ESA Region, Huawei

Interested in joining us in 2015?

To keep up to date as the 2015 programme develops, pre-register your interest on our website:

http://africa.cloudworldseries.com/pre-register-for-2015/

See you in 2015!

Apple and Facebook Flash Forward to Computer Memory of the Future

apple-data-center If you hire a plane, you can fly over the massive data center Apple operates in the woodlands of North Carolina, snapping some distant photos of the 500,000-square-foot facility that drives the company’s iCloud web services. And if you’re on foot, you can get a little closer. You might even sneak a peek at the solar farm or the biogas plant that helps power this internet engine room. But Apple won’t let you inside the building — and it won’t tell you what you might find there.

It would be nice to know. Like Google and Amazon, Apple delivers web services to hundreds of millions of people across the globe — at last count, iCloud served over 250 million souls — and that requires a whole new breed of hardware and software, stuff that’s far more efficient than the gear inside most data centers. You can think of this as the technology of tomorrow. As the web continues to grow, the tech used by the Apples and the Googles will trickle down to the rest of the world. In many cases, it already has. (more…)

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