Category Archives: Cloud

Cloud Computing Projections: A Rant

Cloud Financial Projections

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Question: What is the last Cloud financial projection you heard or read about? What was the number? Was it an astronomical figure slated for more than five years removed? If you’re like me, I constantly read Cloud Computing projection articles which lay claim to Cloud services and data center services gaining X level of revenue by X year. Also, if you’re like me, the more articles you read about the financial projections of Cloud Computing solutions, the less and less you trust the projections. Sure, it’s great to say that Cloud hosted services will head north of $135 billion by 2020, but the truth is, all the projected figures are just that, projected financial figures. Just like projections for stocks, no one really knows if a certain number is going to be hit or not.

Why?

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Internet of Things Devices Which Need to Happen

Internet of Things Parking Meters

I live in New York City. If you have a car in NYC (why, I don’t know) you are subject to city parking rules. Not a day goes by in which wondering if same side street parking rules are in effect or if they are off. For those New York City motorists, misunderstanding what day correlates to what parking rule can mean the difference between a happy day and an angry morning spent paying the city $150 in parking fines.

There is something to be said for real world information in real time. Sure, it would be great to have a fridge which automatically populates a notepad on your smartphone or tablet with the items you need to buy at the market but all in all, the possibilities for connected Internet of Things devices are more granular. If the Internet of Things is going to thrive, companies and governments need to look at the solution with one question, “how can we use the Net of Everything combined with Big Data and Cloud services to create highly granular and communicative devices which inform overall populace with real time day-to-day information carrying the weight of altering decision making?” Another way of saying this, “how do we create a parking meter which will get the average NYC driver out of a same side of the street parking violation?”

With this in mind, I want to share three connected devices which need to happen on a mass scale.

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Selling the Internet of Things

Marketing the Internet of Things

In an IoT article published today, BGR referenced a December 2013 report which stated the Internet of Things industry will be worth $309 billion by 2020. Further, Cisco CEO John Chambers noted the staggering financial figure of $309 billion is just the tip of the iceberg.

“At the Mobile World Congress trade show, Chambers said he believes the Internet of Things will create $19 trillion in ‘economic benefit and value’ in the next decade.”

Let that sink in for a moment. $19 trillion, with a T, in “economic benefit and value” over the next decade. As $19 trillion is a massive number, here is some more information for you. In 2010, there were roughly 9 – 10 billion connected Internet of Things devices in operation. By 2020, that number is expected to jump to 50 billion. If the history of the IoT history tells us anything, the predictions might be right and yet, if predictions tell us anything, the numbers might be coming from thin air.

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Making the Internet of Things Tangible

Internet of Things Home Security

Maybe the largest complaint against the Cloud isn’t that the term is amorphous. Maybe the largest complaint against Cloud Computing technologies are that they aren’t tangible. Sure, you can make use of a SaaS application or PaaS to develop the next great mobile app, but for the everyday consumer, outside of Spotify, Dropbox and social media networks, the Cloud doesn’t translate. You could make the argument that the tangible – the physical aspect of Cloud services – are smartphones, tablets and mobile devices. While this argument could be made, the Cloud only helps power those devices. Cloud Computing isn’t an iPhone or a Google Nexus 7. And so, with no true tangible physical device to harness Cloud Computing services to human touch, the service, although highly popular, greatly useful and extremely needed, will remain something of a mystery to the public market. For the vast majority of the market, it will remain a concept with limited application.

The Internet of Things (IoT), on the other hand, shouldn’t have this problem.

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