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On January 21, 2015, Microsoft unveiled the next major beta of Windows 10, the Consumer Preview, with an event at the company's home in Redmond, Washington. As it is a major release for Microsoft we expected to see several new features toward Microsoft's vision on ‘Mobile First' & ‘Clo...
There are officially now more mobile devices in the world than people – the number crossed over in 2014 somewhere around 7.19 billion mark. Our craving to be connected 24/7 wherever we are means that mobile devices are multiplying around five times faster than we are. Our wired up live...
Last summer I wrote about the some of the cool technology that the NFL was going to use during the 2014/15 season. There were sensors in the player’s shoulder pads tracking all their on field movements. It measured player acceleration rates, top speed, length of runs, and even the dist...
This year I’m planning to run a one day workshop at a couple of software development conferences and privately for IT shops. The goal is to introduce JavaScript and related technologies to developers that are accustomed to developing in classical object-oriented languages like Java, C+...
I followed a meetup last night in Austin presented by Michael Cote of 451 Research and CloudCamp co-founder Dave Nielsen. John provided a review of the past five years of cloud computing and Dave talked about some current strategies in using PaaS. The overall program provided a nice an...
If your business had the choice between one million lifetime customers or two million one-time transaction customers, which would you choose? Selecting the former guarantees a recurring revenue stream for years while the latter only guarantees revenue for that individual transaction. S...
Our last post defined customer lifetime value (CLV) as the metric critical in measuring the success or failure of a recurring revenue program. In order for your company to routinely return significant revenue, maximizing CLV needs to be at the top of your priority list. A CLV-supported...
SYS-CON Media announced today that Mike Kavis’s blog has exceeded 40,000 reads. Launched in March 2014, his popular blog feed on DevOps Journal covers IT with a focus on cloud computing, DevOps and the Internet of Things. DevOps Journal is focused on this critical enterprise IT topic ...
Big Data, AI, Machine Learning, Hadoop, Predictive Analytics — we hear these terms every day from companies such as Cloudera, Trifacta and Dato (formerly GraphLab) that are securing many millions in financing. I believe that 2015 will be the year when the conversation moves from Big Da...
Developing, say, the next generation computer chip is enormously expensive, both in terms of money as well as the time that researches must devote. If there were any question as to whether people would buy that faster chip, then the will to invest would drop, and with it the exponentia...
From Baby Boomers to Gen X, Y, & Z, there are certain characteristics that define, at least according to demographers and historians, each generation. Generation X, specifically, might also remember a Rush song called The Analog Kid. While not as frequently played as Tom Sawyer or Subd...
I have the unique opportunity to work alongside some very smart people where we conduct research, collect data, analyze and write about it. Our focus tends to be on technology and its impact on people, businesses, societies and economies. As a result of many discussions with technolog...
Information has a shelf life. Its value diminishes quickly with the passing of time. In a world of moving customers, employees, vehicles, subcontractors, materials, suppliers, etc., knowing what is happening at a precise time is critical for decision-making, scheduling and planning. If...
Cloud computing adds flexibility to enterprise IT. When companies wish to take advantage of this, they are finding they need to turn to microservices instead of their traditional, monolithic architectures to accommodate frequent change. Microservices can overcome the challnges prese...
I saw more discussion on big data at CES 2015 this week, compared to previous years. Everyone talked about data as the central core of everything. The IoT (Internet of Things), NFC (near Field Communication) and M2M (Machine to Machine) communication are enabling pieces for many indust...
According to several recent studies, consumers are still very much on the fence about the Internet of Things. Before they’ll give IoT a thumbs up, these studies say, companies will need to earn their trust and offer more steak and less sizzle in their IoT offerings. While visiting my ...
2014 has been another year of growth and change for the workload automation industry. As the industry continues to evolve and mature, we are seeing workload automation becoming a necessary staple for most enterprises. According to leading technology analysts, 2015 promises to continue ...

When it comes to monetizing the Internet of Things, it can appear that consumer scenarios are where all the action is. Connected cars, homes, kitchen appliances, connected clothing — connected wrists. If you’re a B2B company, you may be feeling left out of the party. Fear not. Your ...

Once again after a couple weeks off and the calendar odometer flipping another year, I’m sitting here with a blinking curser wondering what to write about. And the thing that pops into my head are Things. The Everythings. While 2014 was the hype year for the Internet of Things (IoT), a...
The Internet of Things or IoT is the next big trend promising to connect literally every device on the planet to the internet. IoT will fuel a data explosion that will provide the data needed to improve services, offerings and life in general by analysis and use of the information gene...
To date, wearables have been such a disappointment in the market. The market is rife with ugly and semi-functional wearable devices that rarely manage more than a 3-star rating on Amazon. Will 2015 be any different? Thirty days into my Pebble experience, I'm somewhat hooked - and eag...
It’s a market that is as big or bigger than Cloud. IDC expects the overall market for IoT to grow at a 12.5% CAGR from $1.3 trillion in 2013 to $3.0 trillion in 2020. IDC also forecasts that there will be approximately 30 billion autonomous things attached to the Internet in 2020, whic...
I arrived early for the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) here in Las Vegas, in hopes of finding innovations for the Internet of things (IoT) that promise to disrupt enterprise business models. After attending a few pre-conference press events, I must say I’m underwhelmed. ...
Other technologies covered were: the huge growth in Internet users from 2B now to the over 5B. This will bring new cultural, political and economic ramifications. Smartphones will continue to be disruptive with newer and newer usage across the world impacting our daily lives. Robotics,...
2014 was a big year for Aria. Most notably, the company announced a record-setting year with revenue best across the board. While this is indicative of Aria’s success as a company, the findings are even more indicative of the space Aria occupies – recurring revenue, now estimated to be...
The potential adoption of Internet of Things in industries like manufacturing, healthcare will definitely bring much needed automation and agility into the operations, but if they are not properly planned out these initiatives may lead into an explosion of data whose magnitude will ...
Before I start with my predictions, let me explain what I mean by a prediction. I believe that predictions should not be about the end of a technology cycle but the timing for when an issue begins to gain traction that will result in industry shifts. As I pointed out in my book, Smart ...
I’ve been working in small and large software startups for the last 20 years and currently have the privilege of being the CEO of a startup, Storage Made Easy, for the last 3 years. With the advent of 2015 I have not doubt that there will be many people considering whether to take t...
The active number of devices connected to the Internet of Things was a considerable 2.5 billion in 2014 – and some analysts project this number will grow three times over, to 9 billion, in only four years. Gartner estimates we’ll create an even higher number of connected devices: 26 bi...
The Internet of Things smells like opportunity for everyone. There is no industry that hasn't been touched by the notion of smart "things" enabling convenience or collaboration or control in every aspect of our lives. From healthcare to entertainment, from automotive to financials, the...
Software-defined architectures are critical for achieving the right mix of efficiency and scale needed to meet the challenges that will come with the Internet of Things If you've been living under a rock (or rack in the data center) you might not have noticed the explosive growth of te...
Another year comes to a close. What did we see as significant technology events? In the disruption category, we saw Uber getting valued at $41B even with all its issues in the news. When you disrupt an entrenched business such as taxi service, it is only natural that resistance will h...
IoT is soon to be added to the list of subjects for engineering and doctoral degree programs in India. Some of India's IoT related statistics that appeared in the Indian news paper-The Times of India, Dec 26, 2014 are as follows: By 2020 the size of the IoT related industry $15 billion...
Finished writing the WebSocket chapter for the second edition of my Java 24 Hour Trainer. In this blog I’ll show you one of the code samples from lesson 28. Pretty often you need to write a program that publishes the same message to all connected clients. For example, multiple cl...
"The year ahead brings accelerated disruption, as those technologies which we spoke about last year as being emergent -- have now begun to evolve to practical application," stated Puneet Gupta, Brillio's Chief Technology Officer. "We are seeing the industry's rapid adoption of next-gen...
IoT has to be 'Universal'. Therefore, it has to be multi-platform, multi-device, device-size agnostic and more. This is why you hear more and more 'cross-platform' development. This app works on iPhone but not on Android etc. will not do. AppMethod is one such program from the...
Now is the age of information analytics. We have (very arguably) reached a point where the insight arising from data analytics can be applied to almost every aspect of a company, in every business vertical. But what shape should that analytics be? Increasingly we talk about embedded a...
When something as simple as an API can integrate massive amounts of data into, and through, a wide variety of applications, any company can be a digital enterprise. There is a perception that some industries are using technology to innovate, while others languish in antiquated ways of ...
About 15 years ago I fainted. It was the only time in my life that I fainted. The reasons were probably, blood donation a day before, Work from 7:00 until 19:00 and participation in the the thirty-third day of the Omer period ceremonies of my children (I stood for a long time beside...
If you listen to the persistent murmur in the market surrounding the Internet of Things right now, you'd believe that it's all about sensors. Sensors and big data. Sensors that monitor everything from entertainment habits to health status to more mundane environmental data about your h...


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