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Blog 2016-10-21T19:47:52+00:00

What’s the Market Value for Industrial Wearables?

Recently, my editorial team and I were discussing an article that claimed Fitbit’s sales struggles bode poorly for the wearables market as a whole. The article cited lackluster 2016 holiday sales of fitness trackers and subsequent layoffs at Fitbit as evidence that the wearables market was “stagnant.” But here’s my point—since when did we give Fitbit so much say over the entire wearables space?

By | 8/16/2017|

Going Above and Beyond the Cyber Bill

For this column, I am jumping back into the security discussion to address some pretty significant news that has come up recently in the form of proposed government legislation. As regular readers of my columns you know that I have spent more than a few words on our need to focus on keeping our devices secure.

By | 8/9/2017|

IoT Headed for a Change?

You generally know you’re talking about an important trend when there have only been a handful of similar ones in all of history. Such is the case with the current “Industrial Revolution,” often dubbed Industry 4.0.

By | 8/2/2017|

The “Real” Costs of a Cyber Breach

Cybercriminals often target small businesses because they are relatively easy targets. In fact, in my last column I shared one example in which a fake small business was created as a decoy and was hacked within an hour using just one email address and a single login credential. It’s a great read if you did not see the article last week. I encourage you to go back and read it and learn the many ways small business can protect themselves and avoid being easy targets.

By | 7/26/2017|

Threats to IoT devices Are Growing

Cybersecurity seems to be one of those issues that just keeps coming up in discussions about the IoT (Internet of Things). When talking about healthcare, connected cars, and so on, as an industry we recognize security as a hurdle for enterprise adoption and innovation as well as consumer or end user adoption.

By | 7/19/2017|

Horn, Intel, and IoT

What do John Horn, Intel, and rumors all have in common? They all seem to be a playing a role in catching the IoT (Internet of Things) eye of anyone who follows the space. Just before we all headed off to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday it seems there was a lot of fireworks in the IoT space as it was announced that the formidable John Horn was stepping down from his role as CEO at Ingenu. It’s still unclear as to why he left his role as CEO which he took over in 2015 to help build wireless networks across the globe.

By | 7/6/2017|

A Candid Colloquy with CEO Thomas Wolf: Part 2

A while back I sat down with Thomas Wolf, chairman & CEO at RIB Software AG, www.ribamericas.com, to discuss what needs to take place to ensure that both the construction and manufacturing industries embrace the IoT (Internet of Things). We also bantered back and forth about how emerging technologies and digitization will make a difference to the bottomlines of companies of all sizes. What follows is a two-part discussion that will most likely excite, and perhaps, frustrate readers when trying to determine the future of technology and where it’s headed.

By | 7/5/2017|

A Candid Colloquy with CEO Thomas Wolf: Part 1

A while back I sat down with Thomas Wolf, chairman & CEO at RIB Software AG, www.ribamericas.com, to discuss what needs to take place to ensure that both the construction and manufacturing industries embrace the IoT (Internet of Things). We also bantered back and forth about how emerging technologies and digitization will make a difference to the bottomlines of companies of all sizes. What follows is a two-part discussion that will most likely excite, and perhaps, frustrate readers when trying to determine the future of technology and where it’s headed.

By | 6/28/2017|

Babolat Wins with Nadal

No. 10. How do you get to No. 10? With data, a little bit of talent, and a lot of hard work doesn’t hurt either. That’s what it took for Spaniard Rafael Nadal to reach a record-setting tenth grand slam title winning the French Open at Roland Garros last week. The former No. 1, ending an odyssey of injury, showed the tennis community that dedication, a tenacity to win, and the right tennis equipment—all armed with key information—will lead to unprecedented success. Nadal now has 15 majors, surpassing American Pete Sampras for the second-most in history only to trail Swiss player Roger Federer for the all-time lead.

By | 6/19/2017|

Good-Ole Boys Club

In last week’s column I pointed out some of the trends we’ve seen during the past few years while compiling Connected World’s annual Women of M2M list. I’m going to narrow the discussion a bit in today’s column by focusing on women in engineering. There’s a glaring retention problem, and some recent studies and articles I’ve come across have convinced me the topic deserves some more exploration. Especially since so many women who make our Women of M2M list have engineering backgrounds.

By | 6/14/2017|