Category Archives: Digital Disruption

Competitive Edge: Application Performance Monitoring

Not too long ago, ExxonMobil came out with a plan where hardware is “plug and play”, open source, and non-proprietary. Where, if a device fails, you can source a replacement from any supplier, and simply plug it in, and the system keeps rolling along. This concept makes system upkeep and maintenance much easier and simpler…
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Your Cloud Ready Monitoring Solution

The percentage of businesses moving from a traditional physical infrastructure model to a cloud deployment model is increasing year, upon year. While public deployments are rising steadily, private deployments are skyrocketing, and across both, a hybrid deployment model is still accounting for the majority of business centric cloud use. All recent research shares the opinion that this…
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Why edge computing is essential for the IIoT?

Edge computing seems to be what everyone in IoT is talking about these days. But what exactly is it and why is it so important? Well, currently in most big data solutions, information is collected from a sensor, sent to the cloud, processed in the cloud and then sent back to the device the sensor…
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How the Social Internet of Things is Revolutionizing Connectivity

Humans are both innovative and social beings leading to technological advances that are changing the way we interact. The desire to connect has inspired a global technological network linking people, data, and things. Traditionally, our conception of cloud - or Internet-based social solutions has existed in the digital world. We send emails, conduct video calls,…
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Decoding Digital Transformation with IoT

Technology and business professionals are assaulted with new buzzwords daily. Figuring out what they mean in day-to-day work is more challenging. Nowhere is this more confusing as in the Internet of Things (IoT) space, where the term “digital transformation” is often linked to IoT initiatives. What’s real and what’s not? How far away is digital…
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The Indubitable Role of Entrepreneurship in Smart Infrastructure

The world is currently experiencing a fourth industrial revolution due to the rapid development of technologies and digital abundance such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and 3D printing, etc. Gaining more from existing assets is incredibly vital. It awfully will be more cost-effective to add to the overall value of mature infrastructure through digital enhancements than…
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Who owns the Machine Generated Data in IoT – Men or Machine?

The data which is acquired by sensors is essentially Machine Generated Data (MGD). This post will dwell on the subject of data ownership of MGD as follows: Sensors (Data Acquisition and Communication) Machine Generated Data The Lifecycle of the MGD and the Ownership Paradigm Who should be the owner of the MGD? In the IoT…
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IIoT’s Immense Entrepreneurial Opportunities

The optimistic temperament of successful entrepreneurship is what has tremendously shaped and revolutionized our world today. Our present world as it still unfolds is the direct results of the incredible vision, the extremely indefatigable beliefs and inconceivable risks implementations of past entrepreneurs. From Thomas Edison to Andrew Carnegie to Henry Ford, to Bill Gates and…
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Chief Internet of Things Officer is your Next Must-Hire Role

An undeniable aspect of the new Internet of Things marketplace is that leadership is crucial to reaching success. Not only do new and existing companies have to create something unique and useful, but they have to do so in a market where growth and success are volatile and unpredictable. Even the traditional winners - Nike,…
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Africa’s 4th Industrial Revolution: Answering the big questions about IIoT

Why IIoT/Industrie 4.0? “There is massive scope for IIoT in Africa. As a continent, we are in a race in terms of becoming more competitive and more relevant in the global space. IoT as a technology certainly has the capability of catapulting Africa into the 4th industrial revolution.” Nico Steyn, CEO IoT.nxt First we were liberated…
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Shorten R&D time from ideation to production in IoT

This is an introduction to continuous integration in embedded software for IoT, and it’s the first one in a series of posts. If you are familiar with continuous integration, you can jump to What do you need to consider for CI in embedded? and skip the intro. Intro Software development and testing are two of the most…
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The right representation of Digital Twins for Data Analytics

Digital twins, as discussed in earlier posts, are digital representations of physical objects. In simple cases, sensors for example, the digital representations may be trivial (e.g., current values for temperature, RPMs, etc.). More interesting cases involve complex—and usually expensive—capital assets such as diesel engines, turbines, and heavy duty mining and construction equipment. In these cases,…
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Top 100 IoT Influencers, brands and publications in 2017

Onalytica published today IoT 2017 Report – Top 100 IoT influencers, brands and publications that were leading the social media debate around IOT, so the team analysed over 10.8 million tweets mentioning the key words: IOT or “internet of things” or internetofthings from Jan 1st – June 7th 2017. Below, is another network map showing recent interactions with the number one…
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A chance to win $50.000 for the best IoT solution

The 2017 F1® Connectivity Innovation Prize unveils the first challenge of this year’s competition – with a focus on the Internet of Things (IoT). The first challenge, set by Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, asks F1® fans and technology enthusiasts to come up with ideas for IoT solutions that could be used by the team to deliver…
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A Cloud Based Alternative to Traditional SCADA

What is SCADA?  Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems have been in existence three decades and have long been considered the de facto method for interfacing with PLCs and providing alarming, logging, trending, and operator interface functionality.  Today most SCADA packages include web and mobile interfaces and tout these features as their Industrial Internet…
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Top 20 Internet of Things Research Frontiers of the Leaders

Over the past years, the Internet has redefined Business to Business (B2B) industries. The evolution of technology will dramatically alter manufacturing, energy, agriculture, transportation and other industrial sectors of the economy. It is already transforming how people work through new interactions between humans and machines. Dubbed the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), this latest wave…
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Digital Twin – one of Gartner’s Top 10 Technology 2017 Strategies

Digital twin constructs—digital models of physical, real-world devices — are taking on increased importance as Internet of Things (IoT) technology spreads, especially in the industrial space. Digital twins go by a variety of names (e.g., Amazon Web Services (AWS) prefers “device shadow,” Microsoft uses “device twin” as part of its Azure IoT Hub) but in…
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The great convergence – Economist’ Summit 2017

The Economist Events’ Innovation Summit 2017 in Chicago brought together more than 200 Fortune 500  CEOs and disruptive entrepreneurs to share their insights and strategies for successful digital transformation. In this video a panel that included, Jamie Miller, chief executive, GE Transportation, Ann Winblad, managing director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Alec Ross, Author, The Industries of…
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