Pedro Hernandez: Are We Ready for the Internet of Things?

Few Internet of Things projects have made it past the deliberation and planning stages as enterprises wrestle with security, ROI and staffing concerns.

Despite the buzz surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) and its game-changing benefits in corporate circles, relatively few projects have made it off the ground, indicates new research from TEKsystems, an IT staffing firm.

Ira Brodsky: Why the Internet of Things needs another 10 years

I first wrote about the hype surrounding the Internet of Things in 2004. Back then, industry analysts predicted that tens of billions of things would be connected to the Internet within five years. It didn’t happen.

Now the hype is back. The 50 billion things that were supposed to be connected by 2010 were merely postponed. The new projected arrival date is 2020.

Don’t get me wrong. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an exciting growth opportunity.

Pamela Newenham: Blair Switch Project: Accenture chief tackles the Internet of Things

When Alastair Blair joined Accenture Ireland’s graduate programme in 1987, the company has just 70 employees. Fast forward almost 30 years, and he is now the head of the company’s Irish arm, which employs more than 1,800 people.

Blair was one of seven people in the graduate programme intake, and the only still remaining at the company 29 years later.

Claro Partners: Claro brings together leaders of the “personal data economy” at 4YFN

Pundits have dubbed personal data “the new oil” of the 21st century. Yet for all the hype surrounding big data, people complain they have less meaning and are frustrated with how poorly brands leverage their information. That’s because many companies still mine data with the end goal of streamlining business processes, largely neglecting an essential piece in the data economy puzzle: the person.

Accessing or aggregating data is not the challenge. The real challenge is to figure out what to do with it; how to use it in a way that delivers benefit both for the user and business

Mark Plunkett: The human cost of the Internet of Things

Cyber-attacks have become routine news stories in recent years.

In November 2014 Sony Pictures Entertainment was attacked by hackers who demand that the company cancel the release of the film The Interview, and in October last year one of the UK’s biggest telecom companies, TalkTalk, was hacked for 36 hours during which 160,000 people had their personal bank account details stolen.

How the Internet of Things Is Transforming Travel

Whether it’s monitoring the performance of airline engines, enabling keyless entry to hotel rooms or helping tourists find their way around Disney World, the internet of things (IoT) is creating exciting opportunities for the travel and hospitality industry. By connecting smart devices, systems, processes and people in new ways, it is streamlining the back-end operations of airlines, hotels, resorts, cruise lines and rental car fleets.

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