Anatomy of an 'Internet of Things' Venture
An anatomy of startup ventures for the Internet of Things market. Like GE
describes in their white paper Pushing the Boundaries of Mind and Machine,
this is basically a process of innovating through more intelligent machines
to reinvent workflow models.
For a useful overview as to what constitutes an ‘IoT startup’, check out
one example for some key characteristics: Hutgrip. Hutgrip is a SaaS
solution that replaces VPNs with the Cloud and real time analytics, with the
headline points being:
Clear description of the business benefit the new technology will bring –
Smarter automation of big cost processes will drive huge savings for many
firms. Very nicely presented too.
Deploying sensors into existing business environments, such as manufacturing,
that collect and stream real-time Big Data back to Cloud app... (more)
By Neil McEvoy
The concept of the ‘technological Singularity’ often refers to a single
machine AI, like IBM’s Watson, but another popular theory is one of
‘swarm intelligence’, where instead the AI is the result of lots of small
machines forming into a larger virtual self.
The Conscious Web
Back in 2003 I wrote an article that described the forthcoming evolution of
the Cloud, and with it the development towards the SIngularity. The growing
use of XML Web services would see them evolve to become intelligent agents,
forming the basis for this collective.
This would fit well with t... (more)
The main characteristic that Cloud computing is known for is IaaS
(Infrastructure as a Service), referring to providers like Amazon who offer
storage, bandwidth, computing capacity and other resources so you can run
your applications in a high performance environment without buying all that
However it also refers to SaaS (Software as a Service), where applications
like CRM are available this same way, and furthermore, that it can also be
applied within the enterprise too, aka "private Cloud".
This means an IT organization can also use it to plan and deliver their
You wouldn't typically combine the words 'Government' and 'Innovation' in the
same sentence, but actually it's the ideal way to highlight some of the most
essential and exciting points about Cloud computing.
Although the technology can lower operational costs by moving processes
'into the Cloud', up to 90% in some cases of government adoption, it's not
the full extent of the benefits. It can also go hand in hand with 'Open
Transformation' of the processes themselves, utilizing "Crowdsourcing"
approaches to fully leverage all aspects of what modern technology offers.
Cloud Bursti... (more)
Canada is scoring a 'D for Innovation', and falling behind other nations in
their innovation capacities.
They also have perceived issues around the bite of their Open Government
watchdogs, and while these may seem like unrelated issues, I'd suggest they
stem from the same root issue. Ie. An overly involved, authoritarian culture
of government will inhibit both.
Therefore it highlights the paradoxical nature of the challenge, and why
citizens and businesses need to step up their demands in these areas, and
participate directly in the solution. While the government isn't as