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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a new hot buzzword and like most buzzwords, its purpose and definition are grossly misunderstood. When some people hear the term IoT they immediately associate it with a refrigerator reminding us to order milk or our Fitbit wearable device tweeting how we just "crushed a 4.1 mile run". Neither of those use cases are very compelling to most of us which makes it hard to fathom how experts can predict that by 2020 there will be greater than a one trillion dollar market that vendors will be trying to claim a piece of. Check out my latest post of Forbes that discussed real use cases with real business value. You won't want to underestimate the future of IoT. ... (more)

Your Own DevOps Kool-Aid? By @MadGreek65 | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Are You Drinking Your Own DevOps Kool-Aid? I am starting to get annoyed with the direction of all the DevOps discussions that fly across my Twitter feed each day. News Flash! Culture change is nothing new in the enterprise. Check out my latest rant at the virtulaizationpractice where I discuss how we over emphasize culture and don’t focus enough on business problems when discussing DevOps. ... (more)

First Commercial DevOps Product From @HashiCorp | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

HashiCorp Launches First Commercial DevOps Product HashiCorp, a San Francisco-based start-up founded in 2012, has recently released its first commercial product, called Atlas. HashiCorp is known by many people as the creator of a number of open-source tools that assist in developing, deploying, and maintaining applications. One major challenge for IT shops is that so many tools are required to automate the building and delivery of software that engineers spend far too much time trying to tie all of these tools together, which takes away time from working on business requests. In... (more)

Are Software Engineers a Commodity? By @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Are Software Engineers a Commodity? August 4, 2014 I read a thought provoking article called The Happy Demise of the 10X Engineer. In this piece the author points out how software has evolved to the point where engineers can quickly assemble different components and build solutions in days for a minimal investment where as previously this would take months and tons of capital. There are some great points in this article but the final sentence set off a nerve that I had to respond to. Check out my response on Forbes. Software Is Eating the World Download slides ▸ Here Companie... (more)

Internet of Things Creates Loyal Customers | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Five Ways IoT Enables Brands to Create Loyal Customers Earlier this week Jessica Groopman from Altimeter published a thought provoking white paper that recommends 5 consumer facing use cases for IoT. For each use case she highlights the value proposition for both the brand and the customer, describes a few key methods for engagement, and closes with some real life examples. Check out my latest post on Forbes that outlines the 5 most compelling uses cases from the report. If you're not using the Internet of Things to engage your customers, you should be. Earlier this week Jessica... (more)