LPWAN Progress: Are We There Yet?

K. Weldon
K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • Operators were racing to roll out LPWAN networks in 2017, with the aim of generating massive numbers of new IoT deals and new connections.
  • The LPWA World event in London on May 22 and 23 may help provide a reality check on market traction.

The agenda for LPWA World this week in London provides some clues about the burning issues that need to be addressed, as the networks that mobile operators built out in 2017 are now in place and looking for action. Nearly every major operator offering IoT services and some that are new to the game got on the LPWAN bandwagon in 2017, as the market for inexpensive, energy- and battery-efficient technologies to support low-bandwidth IoT use cases looked hugely promising. The hope was (and remains) that many companies that wanted to deploy IoT for mobile use cases but couldn’t afford the high cost of traditional 3G/4G cellular networks would flock to these new fit-for-purpose low-cost/low-power networks. The operators also see potential new growth opportunities in market segments they haven’t been able to penetrate well, such as smart cities/smart lighting and agriculture. While some providers are offering non-standardized networks based on LoRa and SigFox, most mobile operators launched NB-IoT and LTE-M in 2017. Continue reading “LPWAN Progress: Are We There Yet?”

Why Fortnite Should Convince Telcos to Level Up to 5G

J. Hewer

Summary Bullets:

  • Fortnite has yet to hit Android, but it’s already pulling in $1 million a day on mobile. Demanding low latency and constant connectivity, most gamers are currently confined to WiFi.
  • Next-generation mobile gaming needs 5G, and with a huge global player base, operators should look to gamers to justify 5G.

5G connectivity promises vast improvements in performance over 4G networks; new tech means apps will make use of the available 5G spectrum to ensure faster speeds, and gaming on mobile will benefit. How this technology will be used and potentially adopted at scale will drive the required infrastructure investment. Continue reading “Why Fortnite Should Convince Telcos to Level Up to 5G”

Up, Up, and Away: Satellites Add to IoT Options, with New Capabilities on the Rise

K. Weldon
K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • Satellite services augment/complement cellular coverage for IoT deployments in specific verticals and hard-to-reach geographies.
  • Recent enhancements from satellite providers improve speed and latency, and new management platforms and vertical solutions make them even more compelling.

Service providers such as Iridium, Inmarsat, Orbcomm, and Globecomm have been offering satellite services for many years in order to serve enterprise mobility and IoT deployment requirements where cellular service is weak or unavailable. These include rural areas and other locations where there is little or no connectivity such as aboard ships and in military installations. Some providers, such as Globecomm, partner with carriers, offering backup services for IoT to AT&T in far-flung global locations. Others are MVNOs that aggregate an array of carriers’ cellular access in addition to offering their own satellite capabilities. Continue reading “Up, Up, and Away: Satellites Add to IoT Options, with New Capabilities on the Rise”

Salesforce TrailheaDX 2018, Day 2: Salesforce Faces Exciting Platform Integration Possibilities, Daunting Task to Tackle

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Salesforce’s new platform features improve application building, packaging, and versioning.
  • Salesforce is well poised to leverage its low-code strengths to enhance core platforms, namely DX.

During the technology keynote on Day 2 of the 2018 Salesforce TrailheaDX conference in San Francisco, the company’s co-founder, Parker Harris, admitted he was short on Trailhead training and certification badges. And so, he quickly handed over the mic to his product execs to elaborate on key initiatives and new product features in Salesforce DX, Heroku, and Einstein that the company is preparing for release in the second half of the year. No announcements were made on Day 2, as Salesforce chose to save its big product releases for this fall’s Dreamforce conference. However, a few important new platform features were revealed. Continue reading “Salesforce TrailheaDX 2018, Day 2: Salesforce Faces Exciting Platform Integration Possibilities, Daunting Task to Tackle”

Salesforce TrailheaDX 2018, Day 1: Integration Cloud Release Anticipates Mega MuleSoft Buy

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

Summary Bullets:

• Integration Cloud will be based on the MuleSoft Anypoint Platform.

• Benioff says trust is highest value when dealing with next-gen technology, social media, and mobile; he wants to move into blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Salesforce kicked off its third-annual TrailheaDX developer conference this week in San Francisco with 10,000 attendees, largely made up of the “Trailblazers” trained on the company’s platforms and solutions. These individuals, who range from non-coders to savvy developers in levels of expertise, make up its Trailhead community, now 5 million strong. They are trained across a spectrum of tools and software, from no-code App Builder to sophisticated Heroku platform services. Attendees seemed to enjoy the intimacy of this week’s conference – especially compared to the unwieldy 171,000 attending last fall’s Dreamforce conference – eagerly saddling up to technology demos and chatting with Salesforce’s experts.
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Is a Cellular-Enabled Tablet Enterprise Mobility or IoT?

K. Weldon
K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • MVNOs that offer IoT services are starting to offer embedded connectivity for laptops or tablets, calling these services use cases for the IoT.
  • While this suggests that the two worlds of IoT and enterprise mobility are starting to converge, it also is a somewhat misleading misuse of terminology.

According to GlobalData’s report, “2018 Predictions: What to Expect in the Industrial Internet of Things Services Market” (December 11, 2017), the two distinct ecosystems that provide solutions for enterprise mobility and for the Internet of Things (IoT), respectively, are slowly converging. This can be positive for business customers because they can theoretically go to a single vendor to manage, secure, or provide apps for traditional mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and mobile broadband-enabled laptops, as well as for IoT devices such as machines and robots in factories and sensors collecting data in the field or in smart buildings and smart cities. Continue reading “Is a Cellular-Enabled Tablet Enterprise Mobility or IoT?”

GlobalData’s Newest MEAP Competitive Landscape Assessment Recognizes Leaders’ Innovation in Integration and ALM

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • The newest MEAP platforms are being repositioned to address modern app development issues as operations plays a larger role involving the leveraging of cloud services.
  • New advancements in AI, low-code tools, integration and API management, and serverless computing all play into DevOps’ need to abstract infrastructure complexities while improving management around app deployments.

Application platforms providers are repositioning traditional mobile platforms to address broader, modern app development including web, IoT, and chatbots. Vendors such as IBM, Kony, Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, Salesforce, and Adobe are helping to drive this new era of app development in which modern applications need advanced platform services to respond to continuous integration, continuous deployment (CICD), a prospect which presents enterprises with boundless opportunities to improve businesses, along with extreme challenges. Continue reading “GlobalData’s Newest MEAP Competitive Landscape Assessment Recognizes Leaders’ Innovation in Integration and ALM”

What Anna Karenina Can Teach Telcos About Scale and Success in the Internet of Things

I. Grant

Summary Bullets:

• When there are more ways to go wrong than right, only the very brave take up the challenge.

• Specialization offers a viable risk mitigation strategy, but choosing it is hard.

Tolstoy opens Anna Karenina, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” By this he means a family must satisfy all of a number of criteria in order to be happy; a failure in any one leads to unhappiness. Thus there are more ways to be unhappy than happy. Continue reading “What Anna Karenina Can Teach Telcos About Scale and Success in the Internet of Things”

Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Risk Missing the Point as They Start Fibre Roll-outs

I. Grant

Summary Bullets:

• Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone both target business parks with fibre roll-outs

• Customer expectations and experience are missing from their agendas

Probably the last thing Deutsche Telekom needed last month was Vodafone announcing a EUR2 billion fibre network rollout targeting 100,000 companies in 2,000 business parks across Germany. The former incumbent had already responded, somewhat grumpily, to criticism that it is doing too little too late, with a ten-fact list setting out its broadband policy and strategy, which dovetails with the German government’s ambition of national availability of 50Mbps broadband access by 2020, and 100Mbps by 2025. Continue reading “Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Risk Missing the Point as They Start Fibre Roll-outs”

IBM’s Genius of Things: The Vendor Lays Out Its Portfolio for Industrial IoT

Kathryn Weldon – Research Director, Business Network and IT Services – Americas

Summary Bullets:

• IoT solutions providers often struggle to assemble a set of offerings that allow customers to extract maximum benefit from the IoT, let alone provide a full stack of solutions from consulting to software to platforms to vertical solutions.

• IBM has the benefit of its Rational and Maximo software, already used by hundreds of companies in manufacturing, automotive, insurance, and defense, and repurposed/expanded to exploit IoT data to improve product design and operations.

IBM’s Genius of Things event in Boston earlier this month described in detail IBM’s solution set and roadmap for the Industrial Internet of Things (Watson IoT), along with insights on its positioning and differentiation, illustrated with customer examples. IBM has an impressive IoT portfolio that focuses on three areas: engineering connected products, driving operational excellence, and finding and sustaining differentiation. All three leverage elements of existing software products (primarily Rational application development tools and Maximo asset management software) that have been repurposed for the IoT or perhaps more accurately have been expanded to work with the diverse kinds of data that can be collected with IoT technology and analyzed in back office systems. In addition the vendor is using next-gen enablers such as AI, AR and Blockchain to provide differentiation. IBM is also aiming to deliver a full set of Digital Twin/Digital Thread solutions, which provide detailed 3D representations of a “thing” or connected product to aid in product design and continuous improvement, development, training, maintenance, usage simulations, and marketing demonstrations.
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