What Will You Do with What You Learn from IoT?
When the Internet of Things (IoT) started to emerge as a popular topic, I had
to stop and ask myself if I was once again going to provide commentary on
this emerging field. I enjoy exploring new technology shifts and illustrating
how they can benefit various industries and businesses. It’s what I’ve
done for the past 20 years through Java, XML, Web Services, SOA, Cloud and
DevOps. However, every time I started writing on IoT I seemed to run into the
same conundrum; am I commenting on this to jump on the hype bandwagon or
because I see a need to represent the pragmatics of implementing and adopting
There is no question that more sensory inputs can lead to greater
understanding. The ability to monitor a thing with fine granularity
facilitates greater learning. It’s why we have research studies that have ... (more)
COMED, my power company, sends out a monthly report that shows me my energy
consumption relative to my neighbors. Every month I’m considerably higher
than all my neighbors. This report also has a list of things I could do to
reduce my energy consumption. The problem with this report is that it
doesn’t take into account my house size relative to the other houses in my
neighborhood. My house is the largest model and accounts for about one-third
the local sample size. If I were to attempt to reduce my energy consumption
so that I would be in line with the monthly average of my neigh... (more)
A Reality Check on 'Everyone's Moving Everything to the Cloud'
A recent CIO editorial by Bernard Golden regarding the future of private
cloud spurred some interesting commentary in my network. The pushback seemed
to focus around the viability of the term “private cloud”. These
individuals are well-respected thought-leaders in cloud with significant
experience guiding senior IT executives transition to modern architectures,
so I decided I’d engage them in a discussion regarding the future of
self-managed infrastructure as a whole.
There’s a class of individuals, myself included, w... (more)
Much of IT terminology is often misused and misapplied. Modernization and
transformation are two such terms. They are often used interchangeably even
though they mean different things and have very different connotations.
Indeed, it is somewhat safe to assume that in IT any transformative effort is
likely to also have a modernizing effect, and thus, we can see these as
levels of improvement efforts. However, many businesses are being led to
believe if they don't transform now they risk becoming irrelevant when they
would be equally well-off to simply modernize existing IT service... (more)
It seems that I am not as flexible as I believed I could be on my thinking
regarding SOA. I attempted to categorize various SOA engagements in my SOA
World Magazine article entitled A Classification Scheme for Defining SOA.
I believed that I could hide my dissatisfaction with the lack of clarity
surrounding SOA by lumping SODA/application development into its own
subcategory. I was wrong! When it comes down to it, there's still just too
much ambiguity surrounding the term service.
So, you might ask, What is the big deal if we call everything running on a
computer a service? T... (more)