We are fast-approaching a new era of computing called cognitive computing. Cognitive computing systems will learn, interact and adapt naturally to support consumers, knowledge workers and business decision makers. This new computing era is not an incremental change. It will disrupt industries and how work gets performed within those industries. It signifies a fundamental shift in how machines interact with us and the environment.
I recently published my trend report Cognitive Computing Trends to Watch in 2014. The report provides an overview of Cognitive Computing and what to watch in 2014 in related topics like IBM Watson, Artificial Intelligence, and Smart Machines. In the deck, I provide important trends and predictions about Cognitive Computing trends in 2014.
Below I’ve provided you some articles on this trend that I thought you would want to read.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is made up of physical objects (“things”) that have chips, sensors and actuators embedded in them that allow the sensing, capturing and communication of all types of data. These devices are then linked through both wired and wireless networks to the Internet. The IT challenge is to design IoT enabled systems and then leverage the information collected as a tool to help decision makers make better decisions.
I recently published my trend report Internet of Things: Trends to Watch in 2014 out on slideshare. The report provides an overview of Internet of Things (IoT) and what to watch in 2014. Below I’ve provided you some articles on this trend that I thought you would want to read.
For the last 10 posts I’ve been sharing my research with you around top trends for 2013. I’ve covered everything from Social Business to Big Data to Cloud Computing. Today I am sharing a list of 28 articles and blog posts that discuss the developments we might see in 2013 around the trend called “Internet of Things” or IoT for short.
The IoT refers to the explosion of embedded sensors and intelligent devices that are flooding our every day lives. Sensors are being embedded in all sorts of ‘things’ from fitness monitors, to cars, to water main valves. There are forecasts from industry analysts that say there will be up to 100 billion uniquely identifiable objects connected to the Internet by 2020. Many of these devices will be able to talk to other devices and computers without any human intervention. Enterprises can deploy their own sensor networks, building sense and respond systems that can work autonomously. Some say that the IoT will be the most disruptive technological revolution since the advent of the World Wide Web.
Below you will find a list of 28 articles that discuss the IoT and what developments we might expect to see in 2013.
Today, more people are working through remote or mobile access than ever before. To stay competitive in an interconnected world, enterprises need to extend their resources, data, and connectivity to individuals wherever they are: in face-to-face customer engagements; in operational settings, such as retail, logistics, or field service; and on the road, whether they’re in their car, on a plane, or in a hotel. Mobile technologies will all play such an important part in the development of mobile applications, solutions, and services and we all need to monitor how they are adopted over the next few years.
In advance of Gartner’s Wireless, Networking & Communications Summit, Gartner has released a list of 10 mobile technologies that it says will impact the growth of mobile applications and solutions for both consumers and enterprises. The list covers a wide variety of technologies from widgets, to security, to location based technology. Here is my summary of Gartner’s list
Bluetooth (3 and 4): Gartner says to expect enhanced Bluetooth versions that will speed data transmission and enable communication with a wider range handsets and PC peripherals.
The Mobile Web: Gartner says that as mobile devices with larger screens hit the market, we’ll want to use those devices to access websites.
Mobile Widgets: Gartner says that widgets will play a big part in the emerging mobile application market.
Platform-Independent Mobile AD Tools: Developers need tools that help them develop platform-independent mobile applications.
App Stores: Gartner expects that App stores will be the primary way to distribute mobile application solutions and services.
Enhanced Location Awareness: Location awareness technologies, including GPS, Wi-Fi and cell ID systems, will be used to exploit location-based services and applications. .
Cellular Broadband: The growth in mobile applications and services will require enhancements to the broadband networks.
Touchscreens: Touch and touch-related technologies will play an important part in the emerging mobile application solution marketplace.
M2M: Gartner says to watch machine to machine technologies in many applications areas, including meter reading, security/surveillance, automotive systems, and retail.
Device-Independent Security: Gartner says to expect a focus on emerging security technologies as CIOs look to deliver applications across a wider range of devices, while still controlling security risks.
I think we can all agree that mobile and wireless is a very hot area in 2010 and that it will continue to heat up over the next few years. So its pretty important to keep an eye on the emerging technologies that will become important in the mobile application infrastructure. It certainly is one of the top trends on my radar screen.
For more information, check out these resources from Gartner
Today I attended the IDC Manufacturing Insights conference call where IDC outlined its 2010 Predictions for Manufacturing Supply Chains. On the call Simon Ellis, IDC Mfg Insights Practice Director, Supply Chain and Kimberly Knickle, IDC Mfg Insights Practice Director, Emerging Agenda outlined the firm’s recommendations for manufacturer supply chains in 2010
The call started with a overall look at economic trends affecting supply chains disciplines such as procurement, planning, manufacturing and logistics and then moved into the top 10 predictions. The overall theme from IDC is that manufacturing companies need to rethink their supply chain structures and begin to evolve to a variable-cost-driven value network.
Here is a summary of the top ten trends.
Optimization Focus: “Dynamic Optimization” dominates Capability Investment to Support Redefining of the Supply Chain
Sales & Operation Planning: S&OP Will Re-emerge as the Synchronizing Process for Reconciling Supply and Demand
Redesigning Supply Chains: Balancing Supply and Demand Across the Value Chain Will Prompt a Strategic Redesign of the Supply Network
SCM and PLM Convergence: Supply Chain and Product Life-Cycle Management Applications Will Increasingly Converge as Manufacturing Companies Focus on Innovation Delivery
Intelligent Supply Chains: Intelligent Supply Chains Will Put Broader Visibility Burden on Supply Chain Organizations, Both Owned and Outsourced
Globalization: Supply Chain Organizations Will Invest in Capabilities That Facilitate Global Operations
Rethinking Fulfillment: Transportation Capacity Will Tighten, Causing Supply Chain Organizations to Rethink Fulfillment Strategies
Risk Management: The Increasing Pace of Supply Chain Outsourcing/Offshoring Will Keep Risk Management High on the Strategic Agenda, But Investment Will Remain Focused on Building Risk Awareness
Time to Get Smarter? Smart Services and the Need for Persistent Assets Create the Inflection Point for RFID, Sensors, and M2M
Metrics Drive Intelligence: Armed with Metrics, Manufacturers Move from Sustainability Reporting to Intelligence
As the IDC team summarized the call, it was stated that 2010 will be the year of the intelligent supply chain. There will be a focus on developing smarter processes, products, plants, people, and partners. This thought confirms IBM’s Smarter Planet campaign.