Peggy Smedley

About Peggy Smedley

Peggy Smedley is an internationally known speaker and highly respected personality in the media world educating businesses and consumers on the latest technological advances shaping everyday lives. An outspoken advocate and supporter of connected devices and M2M technology, Peggy is the quick-witted host of The Peggy Smedley Show, the editorial director of Connected World magazine and its sister publication Constructech, as well as the president of Specialty Publishing Co.

Here’s Where to Start with the IoT

A new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit aims to show that a lack of technological know-how and security concerns do not have to be a permanent state. Rather, support exists for those who are inspired by the potential of the IoT (Internet of Things), but are unsure of their own first step. This is great news for a number of different industries such as energy, healthcare, logistics, retail, and transport.

By |2020-06-29T20:05:45+00:007/1/2020|

Making a Case for Azure RTOS

Peggy Smedley and Pamela Cortez, Azure IoT senior PM, Microsoft, talk about Azure RTOS (realtime operating system). With an extreme amount of IoT (Internet of Things) devices coming online, she says Azure RTOS provides services and manages processor resources for applications. She also talks about the challenges and importance of building applications, devices, and security.

By |2020-06-29T19:57:45+00:007/1/2020|

Ransomware, Eying Cities

Despite all the protesting and rioting in the world, it’s more important than ever to keep your eye on the cybersecurity ball. While the world events are overwhelming and it’s hard to stay focused, unfortunately, you can’t let the world news distract you. The fact is while we are all focused on these events, the bad guys are using this opportunity to snake their way into computer systems to create cyberattacks.

By |2020-06-24T10:35:28+00:006/24/2020|

Heppelmann Highlights Four Thriving Skills of Companies

Did it take a pandemic to wake us up about digitization? It seems that is what many people are echoing in all this new normal the world is all talking about. We have entered a less stable and less predictable era, and the COVID-19 pandemic is just the latest of disruptions in the past decade. Has digital become the new hero in today’s work-from-home era? In fact, research from McKinsey & Co., reveals that investing in talent increases the odds of digitization success by 2.5 times.

By |2020-06-16T18:50:51+00:006/17/2020|

IoT in Sustainability and Circular Economy

How will the IoT support sustainability and a circular economy? Perhaps we might want to first ask ourselves are these all just buzzwords in a long list of words? Or are businesses, governments, and citizens truly stepping up and making significant commitments to use technology to change their wasteful behaviors? Before we can answer these questions, we might need to properly define these terms.

By |2020-06-10T10:36:07+00:006/10/2020|

Google Calls It Quits on Smart-City Project, Why?

It might not have come as a surprise to hear that Google ended its highly anticipated Quayside project, in Toronto, Canada —the smart-city development—which had been plagued with widespread controversy since its very beginning some three years earlier.

By |2020-05-29T22:36:03+00:006/1/2020|

IoT Builds on the Azure

Peggy Smedley and Sam George, corporate vice president of Azure IoT, Microsoft, talk about the big announcements and certifications that came out of the company’s first digital event, Microsoft Build. They also talk about how the IoT (Internet of Things) strategy is very much partner led; the digital twin, the evolution of connected solutions, and the trend toward connected environments; and the typical journey of connected assets and IoT solutions.

By |2020-05-29T22:10:34+00:006/1/2020|

Real Data to Solve COVID-19

We are living in unprecedented times. I am certain I have written those words in an editorial a time or two before. But I think it is fair to say truer words have never spoken or written when talking about COVID-19 and healthcare, and its impact on business today.

By |2020-05-20T15:25:35+00:005/20/2020|

4 Tips: Reopen Your Business

It is time to get back to work—but we all know work is going to look a little bit different going forward than it has in the past. There isn’t an exact science to opening the doors, but there is some good advice on what to avoid and how to prepare when construction and manufacturing plants open the doors and workers flood back to work.

By |2020-05-12T20:59:28+00:005/13/2020|

What It Is Like to Work from Home

While findings show 62% of employees are still extremely vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks due to using personal computers, many are extremely organized and beginning to find work-life balance. A study conducted by NordVPN during the last two weeks of March 2020 looks at how 5,000 people were WFH (working from home) due to social distancing during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

By |2020-05-12T20:50:01+00:005/13/2020|

Security Health in a Pandemic

If there is one thing we can all agree on, we are living in unprecedented times when it comes to health and security. In fact, I think we can also agree we have all had a chance to get to know our neighbors, friends, and family perhaps a little bit better—for good or worse. And as a matter of fact, so have the bad guys.

By |2020-05-06T19:14:53+00:005/7/2020|

Software Companies on the Rise During COVID-19

Each individual and every business is trying to make the best of the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Those individuals who are fortunate enough to keep healthy are making tough adjustments in both work and regular life—from homeschooling school-aged children to working from home or dealing with the windfall from being let go from their jobs. On the enterprise front, tech companies are trying to make the best of a bad situation by making themselves as relevant, viable, and even indispensable as possible. Many software providers, for instance, are looking for a niche in this new topsy-turvy world to provide some sort of an essential service. This ranges from adjusting licensing to help enable more remote workers to providing infrastructure and other tech tools to hospitals, and beyond.

By |2020-05-06T10:24:17+00:005/6/2020|

Juggling Your “Agency” During COVID

Paul Napper, co-author, “The Power of Agency: The 7 Principles to Conquer Obstacles, Make Effective Decisions, & Create a Life on Your Own Terms,” talks with Peggy and defines agency. He explains why it matters and how it is different. They also explore how having a higher agency will make you a better leader, how one increases their personal agency, and how agency is declining in the U.S.

By |2020-04-30T15:53:03+00:005/1/2020|

COVID-19 Will Force Future Supply Chains to Become More Resilient

Late last year and early this year, research was coming out about the supply chain market, and it all looked relatively straightforward. For instance, last summer, Grand View Research predicted that one slice of the global supply-chain market, supply-chain analytics, would exceed $9.8 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 16.4% from 2019 to 2025. The top factor thought to restrict growth during this timeframe was concerns over data security. And while, at the time, this analysis was solid, it didn’t—and, in fact, couldn’t—take into account what was coming just around the bend.

By |2020-04-30T15:35:37+00:005/1/2020|

IoT, AI Shines Despite COVID-19

With each passing day, it just gets a little crazier as a result of COVID-19. As each day goes by, I hear about another person who has contracted COVID-19, or sadly, someone else who knows someone who has passed as a result. It’s just a crazy time right now. And all I can hope is that we are getting closer to seeing an end to this pandemic.

By |2020-04-22T10:55:34+00:005/1/2020|