EMC World 2016: Is Dell EMC Your Next and Only IoT Vendor?

B. Shimmin
B. Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

  • What will happen once the dust settles from the pending Dell and EMC merger? What market opportunities should Michael Dell pursue with a toolkit that spans Dell, EMC II, VMware, Pivotal, SecureWorks, Virtustream, and RSA?
  • One possible idea put forth by EMC during its annual EMC World conference in Las Vegas concerned a nearly end-to-end IoT solution combining cloud, security, servers, storage, and analytics.

Seeing Michael Dell take the stage alongside Joe Tucci at EMC’s annual EMC World user conference in Las Vegas this week was unexpected but somehow appropriate, given the pending merger of Dell and EMC. Once completed, the merger will give rise to a single entity branded Dell Technologies, which will house and combine a shockingly broad swath of companies including not just Dell and EMC, but also VMware, Pivotal, SecureWorks, Virtustream, and RSA. Continue reading “EMC World 2016: Is Dell EMC Your Next and Only IoT Vendor?”

IIoT Survey Shows Deployments Are Still Small and Predominantly Local or Domestic

K. Weldon
K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • A Current Analysis survey completed in April shows that most IoT deployments are under 2,500 devices regardless of region or company size
  • The survey also showed that most deployments are domestic or local; only 28% cross country borders for regional or global use cases.

A comprehensive survey focused on enterprises that have deployed IoT solutions was completed by Current Analysis in April 2016. Among the large number of interesting trends were the relatively small number of devices deployed by respondents and the local nature of most deployments, regardless of company size or region. For example: Continue reading “IIoT Survey Shows Deployments Are Still Small and Predominantly Local or Domestic”

MWC16: IoT Battle Takes Shape as Middleware Vendors Prepare to Take on Telcos, SIs

Charlotte Dunlap - Senior Analyst, Application Platforms
Charlotte Dunlap – Senior Analyst, Application Platforms

Summary Bullets:

• Application platform vendors are working to build IoT initiatives based on integration infrastructure, app development tools, and business intelligence.

• UX has become mobile app development’s critical component for ensuring success around B2E and B2C apps.

Keenly aware that Mobile World Congress (MWC) is heavy with telco vendors, application platforms providers at last week’s event aggressively marketed their IoT and mobile initiatives to try to convince customers that their core integration technology provides the best foundational platform for expanding app development to connect to IoT devices. They are pressed to provide clarity around their IoT strategy, however, as the industry struggles to differentiate between various solution provider and service provider platforms.

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IIoT Trends and Predictions for the New Year

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

Summary Bullets:

• In IoT, connected car and other transportation verticals are seeing use cases from infotainment to automotive health and performance monitoring to fleet management. Asset tracking, retail apps, and utility management are also providing enterprise benefits.

• A number of promising new vertical solutions, technology enhancements and security services to deal with malware, data leakage, and security breach concerns are expected in 2016.

The following are some Current Analysis key observations for 2015 in Industrial IoT (IIoT) services. The points below also address our predictions of major changes to come in 2016. Subscribers can view the full report here: “2015 Wrap-up and 2016 Predictions for Enterprise Mobility and IoT Services,” January 6, 2016.

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802.11ah/HaLow: Do We Really Need Another Protocol?

M. Fratto
M. Fratto

• 802.11ah/HaLow offers long range, low power wireless connectivity compared to other 802.11 protocols.

• In a vacuum, more options to choose from is beneficial, but in reality, more options lead to complications.

From the “yet another IoT wireless standard” category comes 802.11ah, what the Wi-Fi Alliance is calling HaLow, which is a wireless protocol that operates in the unlicensed 900Mhz spectrum – promising longer range, better penetration through walls, and lower power than 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. That’s great and I look forward to seeing deployments that can verify those claims because range and battery power are two limitations in IoT deployments that are difficult to overcome and could be showstoppers if they require significant investment in time or money to address.

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Enterprise Data and Analytics Market Outlook for 2016

B. Shimmin
B. Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

• The enterprise data and analytics marketplace has been struggling to hold onto traditional philosophies of control, governance, and discipline, while simultaneously looking way ahead to a future that’s free from such constraints.

• How will that play out over the coming year? We think IoT will emerge as a service, data preparation will permeate data discovery tools, and data itself will form a new marketplace.

The end of each year always seems to race toward us, the closer we get the faster it approaches. Within the U.S. perhaps that’s because we always have a stack of our major holidays in the last month and a half of the year. Perhaps it’s just that the new year, like any good waypoint on a journey, forces us to take stock of where we’ve been and contemplate what lies beyond that arbitrary horizon. And suddenly we’re living two lives at once, which can feel pretty crowded and frenetic.

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Looking for Wood Among the M2M Trees

Summary Bullets:

  • For CIOs, the hype around M2M is irrelevant to the value they can get from it.
  • If they can cost-justify a use case now, they should just do it; telcos need volume to drive prices even lower.

IoT has struggled to become pervasive because there is a mismatch between the longevity and cost of the communicating device and the application it serves, and the value they create. Since silicon can last forever, the secret is to increase the number of chips and applications in service. So when they talk to their telco suppliers about M2M applications, CIOs need to bear in mind the cost/volume/profit (CVP) relationship, and seek to maximize the value they can create. Continue reading “Looking for Wood Among the M2M Trees”

Why the VW Scandal Should Give All Managers Sleepless Nights

Summary Bullets:
• You can’t believe the machine
• You have to secure the whole product chain

Just when the automotive industry thought things couldn’t get worse, they did: weeks after a Jeep Cherokee was hacked, Volkswagen admitted to installing software to defraud regulators. The two incidents have put security on the agenda – big time – for every manager who thought automation was the answer.
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SD-WAN and IoT: A Long Road Ahead

Mike Fratto
Mike Fratto

•SD-WAN products are well suited to address the complexity and scale of IoTAs diversity in IoT grows.

• SD-WAN vendors will be challenged to address the specific needs of new and increasingly specialized IoT products.

Commercial IoT networking in the short term is more about connecting and protecting IoT devices and gateways that are already deployed, or will be soon, rather than having to support a raft of new, IP addressable devices. The IoT name has been equally applied to what otherwise are called sensor networks, command networks, industrial Ethernet, and other network-attached devices. SCADA devices certainly fall into this realm. The difference being that these devices are being connected—on purpose or inadvertently—to public networks and exposing them to the potential for additional attacks.
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EMM/IoT Management Convergence: Are We Making Progress?

Kathryn Weldon
Kathryn Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • Operators, OEMs, and service/application platform vendors keep hinting about converged services and platforms to manage both traditional enterprise mobility and IoT functions
  • Has the ecosystem made much progress in these efforts; does it need to make more?

Service delivery and management platforms for EMM and M2M/IoT have some similarities; EMM manages mobile devices used by people, by managing, securing and containerizing devices and the applications residing on them or accessed by them. IoT platforms for connected devices/machines are a bit different and tend to be divided into service delivery management, and application enablement, with device management sometimes added in and other times missing in action. The vendors that talk the most about bringing these two separate worlds together have been the mobile app platform vendors – if SAP, Oracle, IBM, HP, and Microsoft can help businesses develop mobile apps for smartphones and tablets, developing an app that collects and integrates data with back-end databases from wirelessly connected machines, vehicles, or sensors is a natural next step. EMM vendors such as Vmware/AirWatch. MobileIron, Blackberry, and Good include IoT routinely in their discussions of the future of the “digital workspace” but it’s not clear that many customers are using their platforms to managed connected IoT devices. Jasper and VMware have achieved some level of service delivery and EMM platform integration, adding the key element of device management element to Jasper’s IoT solution. Continue reading “EMM/IoT Management Convergence: Are We Making Progress?”