When a friend recently asked for my perspective on the Internet of Things in the enterprise, I started to drone on with my usual answer about M2M, the Industrial Internet and the smart grid… but that’s when I realized some fresh thinking was needed. How does the new crop of consumer-oriented connected devices such as connected cars, smart watches, heads-up displays and fitness bands intersect with corporate information strategy? How can organizations use these new tools to improve customer service and employee productivity?
In the words of a favorite cartoon character, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth of “Futurama”… Good news, everybody! As of this month, I’ve merged my independent consulting practice into 151 Advisors, a global strategic consulting firm for mobile and Cloud-based technology companies.
This year the Connected World Conference captures the heart of the Silicon Valley, June 10-13 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. This year’s program includes a Gadget Giveaway and M2M App Challenge, and speakers from United Parcel Service, Progressive Insurance, Hewlett Packard, at&t, T-Mobile, Sprint, and more.
Laurie Lamberth moderated a panel session at the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley’s Mobile Forum: M2M event on May 2, 2013. Laurie’s panel focused on enterprise vertical markets and enterprise applications for M2M — the territory where mobile M2M got its start in the early 2000’s. Now, a over a decade later, it was a pleasure to share the stage with this group of seasoned M2M professionals to provide their insights on how M2M has evolved over the past decade, what’s hot in M2M now, and what even hotter trends lie just over the horizon.
Mobile Focus: M2M is a daylong conference that explored the rapidly emerging “M2M” or “machine-to-machine” segment of the wireless industry, and reflect’s the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley’s continuing commitment to provide meaningful technology and networking events for the global Silicon Valley.
On Thursday, February 21 at 2 pm EST/11 am PST I presented a webcast on
Mobile technologies have finally saturated the enterprise, as evidenced by the throngs of corporate CIO’s and other senior executives prowling the exhibit hall and educational sessions at MobileCON 2012 — CTIA’s renamed fall show, held in San Diego September 9-11, 2012. The conference centered on big themes in enterprise mobility, including “bring you own device” (BYOD), machine-to-machine communications (M2M), location-based services (LBS), long-term evolution networks (LTE), automotive applications, mobile payments and more.
GigaOm’s Mobilize 2012 conference, coming up next week, will be a gas! The two-day agenda is packed with technology titans including Dennis Crowley, founder of Foursquare, Vlad Sejnoha, CTO of Nuance and Michelle Munson, President, co-founder and CEO of Aspera. I’ll take the stage twice: on Thursday, September 20, I’ll chat with Adam Medros, TripAdvisor’s VP, Global Product about how to capitalize on the unique qualities of the mobile experience in a 20-minut fireside chat titled “Let Mobile be Mobile.” On Friday the 21st, I’ll join fellow GigaOm Pro Analyst Phil Hendrix and GigaOm’s VP Research, David Card, for an interactive session for GigaOm Pro subscribers titled “Making Mobile Shopping Pay.”
For a family driving vacation this summer — if you’re planning to defy rising gas prices — head over to Connected World Magazine for my review of the go-to car for family vacations this summer: the 2011 Ford Edge. I had the chance to drive the Edge for two weeks last winter, and found it to be packed full of driver- and family-friendly features, such as the ability to connect multiple music players via Bluetooth to the car’s entertainment system and select routes based on fuel efficiency.
The U.S. mobile industry has an upbeat feel this fall: LTE is finally here with MetroPCS’s scoop-the-big-guys Vegas launch, sexy new devices such as Samsung’s Android-inside Galaxy Tab(let) are generating excitement, and location intelligence is enabling huge crop of context-aware consumer and enterprise apps and services.
What’s Hot? Location, location, location: context-aware mobile ad and marketing platforms. Android everywhere. Apps for your car, TV and appliances. Mobile payments and mGiving. Social-social-social-social-social. The Cloud brings large-scale computing resources to miniaturized mobile devices. And more…