Recent Blogs from Connected World.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the best parts of my job is that I get the opportunity to engage with in interviews with some of the best minds in industry and technology. Most recently I reached out to Microsoft’s Sam George, corporate VP of Azure IoT (Internet of Things) to take a deeper dive into the future of the IoT and sustainability. With all that has been going on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic I wanted to get Sam’s take on a look forward—because at some point we will all to move beyond this crisis. So then the question becomes, how do we start to think about getting back to some kind of normalcy?