The Internet Of Things Gets Real

Learn from the experts how IoT will affect you, and how your company can benefit from its intelligence.

James Connolly

February 11, 2016

3 Min Read
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The irony with the Internet of Things is that it isn't really a thing. It isn't a network you can plug into. You can't call your tech supplier and say, "Send me over three IoTs." In practice, you probably won't even call it the IoT.

The IoT is more of a concept or a strategy supported by some useful technologies. When it's in place, you probably will just call it a new application. Plus, your use of the IoT concept will be far different from that of the company down the street.

What is the IoT? It's about collecting data from the machines and devices -- big and small -- that you need to run your business. Data is intelligence, and intelligence tells you how to use giant earth moving equipment more efficiently or how to optimize the performance of manufacturing lines. Intelligence is understanding when to dim lighting fixtures in unoccupied offices, and it's knowing which customer's smart phone just entered your store and what the customer might want to buy. Intelligence enables actions that bring in revenue or save on expenses, affecting the bottom line.

There's a lot behind making that intelligence happen. Enterprises need to build out key pieces of their IT infrastructures to support a flood of devices, data, and decision-making tools. Vendors need to offer tools and technologies to make it easier for organizations to get started.

When the Interop IoT Summit launches at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on May 2, our expert speakers will share their experiences and their advice to help you shape an IoT strategy for your own, unique situation. The full-day program covers IoT from end to end, looking at the state of sensor technology, how to move intelligence out to the edge, and how to deal with a possible flood of data. Speakers will discuss how companies today are putting the IoT to work, how organizations can put data into action, and the security and privacy issues involved in both. We will take a close look at the state of IoT technologies today, and what the future must hold in terms of still newer technologies.

You can expect to hear from:

  • Alex Glaser from Harbor Research Inc. providing an overview of the state of IoT technologies and implementations

  • Dave Lewis from Akamai Technologies speaking on the challenge of "Securing the Internet of Broken Things"

  • Israel Lopez from the Nevada Department of Transportation discussing how his agency is adding intelligence to its highway system

  • An executive from John Deere & Co. discussing how IoT data and analytics can change the business model for a company

  • Fran Rabuck of analyst firm Rabuck Associates looking to the future and what gaps need to be filled for the IoT to become a platform for the long haul

  • Jessica Groopman from Harbor Research on protecting consumer privacy and what your customers expect from you

  • Smart cities experts on what municipalities around the globe are doing today to provide better citizen services.

Don't miss your chance to learn more about IoT and how it fits in the enterprise IT landscape. Attend the Internet of Things Summit at Interop Las Vegas this spring. Register now for Interop, May 2-6, and receive $200 off.


About the Author(s)

James Connolly

Executive Managing Editor, InformationWeek

Jim Connolly is a versatile and experienced technology journalist who has reported on IT trends for more than two decades. He has written about enterprise computing, the PC revolution, client/server, the evolution of the Internet, networking, IT management, and the ongoing shift to cloud-based services and mobility. He has covered breaking industry news and has led teams focused on product reviews and technology trends. Throughout most of his tech journalism career, he has concentrated on serving the information needs of IT decision-makers in large organizations and has worked with those managers to help them learn from their peers and share their experiences in implementing leading-edge technologies through such publications as Computerworld. Jim also has helped to launch a technology-focused startup, as one of the founding editors at TechTarget, and has served as editor of an established news organization focused on technology startups and the Boston-area venture capital sector at MassHighTech. 

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