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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. Achieved through.. Deploying sensors into existing business environments, such as manufacturing, that collect and stream real-time Big Data back to Cloud app... (more)

Will the Singularity Emerge from the Internet of Things? | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

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)

Private Cloud Application Platforms

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 kit yourself. 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 ... (more)

Open Government Clouds

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)

Level Five Open Government Innovation

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 acco... (more)