By Chris O'Connor on November 7, 2017

Transforming E&U operations with IoT

With the proliferation of smart meters and cheap sensors, energy and utilities companies are looking to technology as a catalyst for business change. Distributed power generation is eroding traditional revenue streams. Plus an aging distribution infrastructure is cutting into profit margins. As a result, utility companies are trying to extract as much value as possible from […]

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By Chris O'Connor on October 20, 2017

What “software everywhere” means for IoT product development

The connected world of today means that software is everywhere. Your home, your car, your workplace — anywhere you go, software is running in the background. It’s all powered by trillions of lines of code and complex systems. Think about this: a high-end car has more lines of code than an F-35 Fighter Jet…100 million! […]

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By Chris O'Connor on October 2, 2017

Genius of Things 2017: Shanghai

I was lucky to be a part of the Genius of Things event in Shanghai, where we were joined by hundreds of clients. The Chinese market is primed to take advantage of the Internet of Things: It was valued at 71 billion RMB (~ $11 billion USD) in 2015 and is projected to grow to […]

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By Chris O'Connor on September 6, 2017

Army Re-Ups with IBM for logistics, savings and vehicle health

When the government saves money, we all win. Over the last four years, the U.S. Army has avoided about $15 million per year in operational costs by paying only for the cloud services it actually consumes. Working with IBM since September of 2012, this partnership has enabled the Army to create significant operational efficiencies across its […]

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By Chris O'Connor on September 1, 2017

IoT is changing the way manufacturing organizations create value

IoT for manufacturing can help transform your business by applying industry-leading analytic and cognitive capabilities. This can help quality, operations, warranty and maintenance personnel obtain greater value from production assets and processes. To capture the potential of the cognitive manufacturing transformation, we focus on three key pillars of manufacturing that drive the highest improvement. 1. […]

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By Chris O'Connor on July 19, 2017

Driving industry advancements with Watson IoT and Blockchain

This is the year that we are seeing business networks based on blockchain put into production around the world. Early adopters are using this technology to reimagine their industries, developing new ways of interaction that reduce friction and foster innovation. There are a multitude of companies working with IBM to implement blockchain solutions for various different use cases. […]

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By Chris O'Connor on July 11, 2017

IDC MarketScape names IBM Watson IoT a Leader in IoT Platforms

An IoT platform must connect devices, must collect data, must handle thousands of vendors, dozens of standards and must be able to scale to millions of devices sending billions of messages. To deliver true value beyond the basics, it must add cognitive, security, privacy, insight generation and close loop automation. With these capabilities and the […]

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By Chris O'Connor on June 28, 2017

IBM and Cisco: Understanding critical data on the network edge

Last year, IBM and Cisco announced a global collaboration to provide instant Internet of Things insight at the edge of the network. Together, we are enabling businesses and organizations in remote and autonomous locations to tap into the combined power of IBM’s Watson IoT Cloud and business analytics technologies and Cisco’s edge and fog capabilities to more deeply understand […]

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By Chris O'Connor on June 16, 2017

IoT Slam Live is almost here!

IoT Slam Live is happening next week on June 21 – June 22 and I am very much looking forward to keynoting this high caliber event. There is a fantastic set of presenters that are sure to deliver meaningful takeaways and actionable insights which can be implemented right away. As the Internet of Things transforms […]

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By Chris O'Connor on June 14, 2017

Rethinking manufacturing in the digital age

The digital age has brought with it a new way of thinking about manufacturing and operations. Labor rate changes in emerging economies, coupled with challenges associated with logistics and energy costs, are influencing global production and associated distribution decisions. Significant advances in technology, including big data and analytics, the Internet of Things, robotics and additive […]

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By Chris O'Connor on June 1, 2017

The cognitive drone and the promise of IoT

In ten short years, the Internet of Things has made the leap from conceptual to actual. Early predictions for IoT that once seemed out of this world are starting to feel more like an understatement. As the IoT becomes ubiquitous, we see a steady push to adapt IoT technologies to industry-specific applications to save money […]

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By Chris O'Connor on April 29, 2017

Enabling Seamless Transactions with the Internet of Things

As the Internet of Things continues to grow and drive a more connected world, it is changing the way we live, shop and pay by moving data and the point-of-sale to wherever the consumer wants it to be. Payment tokens are being put in devices like cars, elevators and wearables to create seamless transactions that […]

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