September #cloudchat: Enabling cloud for the connected home

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Ever since The Jetsons, we’ve awaited the arrival of a real-life connected home. Thanks to cloud technology, this is becoming a reality. Whether it’s controlling your washing machine via your smartphone, or streaming content from your TV, our lives are being changed by the cloud.

This month, we wanted to explore the possibilities of a “smart home” enabled by cloud. We’ve assembled a panel of experts who have deep knowledge about consumer electronics, the Internet of Things, video content delivery, and more. Join us this Thursday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 5 p.m. ET to chat about cloud and the connected home!

More about our experts for this chat:

Guest Moderator: Peggy Smedley, Editor, Connected World magazine; Host, The Peggy Smedley Show
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 machine-to-machine 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.
Based in the Chicago area, Peggy is a renowned author and an award-winning editor having earned numerous honors for editorial excellence. She has also been a guest on television business and news programs and has been a voice on many national commercially syndicated radio shows.


Paul Brody, Global Electronics Industry Leader, IBM
Paul leads IBM’s Global Electronics Industry team, a global team spread across 20 countries serving the world’s top electronics companies. He has more than 15 years of business strategy consulting experience in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia, working primarily in electronics and supply chain management. Paul’s work ranges from detailed operations transformation in factory planning up to CEO-level enterprise transformation plans. Paul has authored numerous white papers and co-authored the book Irresistible Electronics with Hagen Wenzek and George Bailey.

Joseph A. di Paolantonio, VP and Prinicpal Analyst, Constellation Research
Joseph is a leading analyst in the Internet of Things, big data, and sustainable enterprise. He focuses on applying data management and analytics to energy management, sustainability, smart planet, smart cities, smart buildings, sensors, M2M, cleantech and green business practices. He has been involved in renewable energy research since 1978. Prior to joining Constellation Research, Joseph served as president and CEO of InterActive Systems & Consulting, Inc.

Jim O’Neill, Analyst, Parks Associates
Jim O’Neill studies the developing trends in over-the-top delivery of video content by operators, home gateways, operator services, and TV services worldwide. Jim previously was the editor of industry newsletters FierceIPTV, FierceOnlineVideo, andFierceEnterpriseCommunications, where he also moderated industry panels and webinars on developments in OTT and online video trends and the U.S. IPTV industry. Jim also has owned a weekly alternative newspaper and has more than 30 years of editing and writing experience with daily newspapers across the U.S.

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As always, here’s the full rundown of how the #cloudchat works:

  • What: A Twitter chat is an online conversation held at a pre-arranged time following a specific hashtag, in this case #cloudchat. You will need a Twitter ID to take part.
  • When: Thursday, September 13, at 4 p.m. ET, repeating the 2nd Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. ET.
  • Where: The chat can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #cloudchat. Alternatively, log on and access the chat on twebevent. A recap will be posted on this blog the following Friday.
  • Why: To facilitate additional industry dialogue and provide a forum for questions, idea sharing, and problem solving. We want your input on what you’d like to discuss during future chats, so please leave a comment on this post or tweet @ibmcloud with topic ideas.
  • Who: Anyone and everyone is welcome to join!
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