Blog 2017-12-21T14:29:31+00:00

Is SAP Leonardo Still IoT?

I just spent two days learning about SAP Leonardo. Is it a software tool? Is it a technology? Is it a service? I would call it a prolific way of interacting people and connecting technologies, and all of these so-called things we talk about every day to create unprecedented business value. Let’s be honest, all of this next-wave thinking can be nebulous at best, if the right elements are not implemented. If businesses and enterprises are to be truly successful, business processes must data transparent, proactive, and realtime.

By | 11/10/2017|

Game Changing Remote Monitoring

For this column let’s take a closer look at remote monitoring and how the data gathered is potentially game-changing industries, lives, and businesses. More specifically, one of the industries—agriculture—that’s really reaping rewards from these IoT (Internet of Things)-enabled solutions.

By | 11/8/2017|

The Future of AVs, EVs, & the Grid?

For this column, I will be wrapping up my month-long discussion about energy by focusing on EV (electric vehicles), AV (autonomous vehicles), and their role in the smart-grid conversation—both now and in the future.

By | 11/1/2017|

IoT: One Utility Pole at a Time

Energy and utilities affect everyone—businesses and consumers alike—all across the globe, and the benefits of applying IoT (Internet of Things) technologies to this sector are immense.

By | 10/25/2017|

Intl. Smart Meters Rife with Controversy

Let’s discuss a key component of the smart grid. For this column, I want to take an international view of smart-meter adoption. In fact, I want to touch on a bit of controversy surrounding smart meters in one particular country.

By | 10/18/2017|

Smart Grid Hurdles and Challenges

I can’t write enough about the energy, utilities, and smart-grid space as we continue to advance into the 21st century. There is so much opportunity for smart-grid modernization. It seems there’s no way around the fact that a smart grid is necessary for the IoT innovations that lie ahead, some of which we can’t even predict, but we know changes are certainly underway and more are on the horizon.

By | 10/11/2017|

Smarter Grid Needs to be More than Just Smart

According to the National Academy of Engineering, networked power grids and electrification was the top engineering achievement of the 20th century. This is a top-20 list that also includes innovations like automobiles and airplanes, telephones and computers, and the Internet. However, the power grid of the 20th century isn’t good enough for the 21st century—a century that will be remembered as giving rise to the Internet of Things. In this century, we need a more modern grid—a “smart” grid, so to speak.

By | 10/4/2017|

IoT Brings Safe Water in Developing Nations

All month long I have been writing about the IoT (Internet of Things) and developing nations. A connecting thread between all of these discussions is infrastructure. For the final column this week, I am focusing on how the IoT can enable water and sanitation solutions in developing nations. As you might recall, in the last column I addressed mhealth and telehealth solutions that can broaden access to healthcare in places where physical infrastructure, such as hospitals, are few and far between.

By | 9/27/2017|

IoT: A Light for Developing Nations

Last week in this column, I examined IoT (Internet of Things) opportunities and hurdles in developing nations. There is no question one of the reoccurring hurdles is infrastructure. For this blog, I will be continuing the discussion by focusing on healthcare. More specifically, mHealth and telehealth solutions are uniquely capable of impacting developing nations and I will address what might be some of the solutions.

By | 9/20/2017|

Cat Rocks the IoT with Cat Connect

In the digital age, the world is transforming at a rapid pace, especially with the deployment of the Industrial Internet of Things. That’s exactly why Caterpillar,, a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives, is uniquely responding to its customers and to the industries they serve. Caterpillar is merging deep domain expertise with digital technologies to create a suite of solutions that help customers improve their business operations, creating actionable insight from data which helps to reduce costs and better manage risks.

By | 9/19/2017|