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IoT Microservices - Realizing the Vision of the X Internet An explosive combination of technology trends will be where ‘microservices’ and the Internet of Things intersect, a concept we can describe by comparing it with a previous theme, the ‘X Internet.' Agile Cloud Development: Microservices and Containers The idea of using small self-contained application components has been popular since XML Web services began and a distributed computing future of smart fridges and kettles was imagined long back in the early Internet years. However since the modern day technology giants like Netflix began making use ‘microservices’ they have quickly become the hottest topic for Cloud thought leaders, alongside ‘container’ technologies like Docker. JavaWorld proposes 2015 will be the year of microservices, nothing that “microservices poster child, Netfilx, also uses AWS – in other w... (more)

Harnessing Digital Disruption in the Era of the IoT On Demand Economy

Here is the presentation I gave to the Business IT networking forum in Riga last week. The presentation describes the emergence of the On Demand Economy, how new super-scale ventures like Uber taxis, Airbnb and others are transforming the fundamental operating models for corporations and consequently destroying the competition in the industries they are disrupting. They do so by leveraging the peer to peer model, cultivating marketplace models for dynamically matching demand and supply. This was part of a week long trip around the Baltics, who already have significant pedigree i... (more)

Turning the 'Internet of Things' Into a Rainmaker | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

The Internet of Things – Turning the Cloud into a Rainmaker The Internet of Things has emerged as the universally accepted term for the ‘next big thing’ wave, not replacing but building upon the Cloud Computing cycle, which itself built upon SaaS and ASPs. There are many technology aspects to this trend, which will be covered extensively throughout this guide and ongoing series, but overall our goal is to describe the associated startup venture opportunities. Indeed it’s not limited to startups, the IoT represents a new product innovation platform for any and all businesses, and t... (more)

Internet of Things Smart Products | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Michael Porter, author of the most highly regarded of all business strategy theories, Competitive Advantage, describes how there are now three distinct eras of how technology can be defined to impact upon the ability to achieve this advantage. Michael makes two very important points. The first point is that there has previously been two eras and now there is a third – the first being when corporations started to use IT for automation purposes, described in this 1985 article, followed then by when all of this IT became interconnected via the Internet, described in this 2001 artic... (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)