At Oracle OpenWorld 2013, I had two critical interactions that set in motion the current issue of Profit—and the theme of the Internet of Things (IoT). First, I had the pleasure of interviewing Bryan Tantzen, senior director at Cisco Systems, about the enterprise impact of IoT (you can watch the interview here: bit.ly/1hiXvP7).
After that, I sat down with Schneider CEO Chris Lofgren and Schneider CIO Judy Lemke to discuss the ways they are using sensors in their trucks to track and monitor the performance of their logistics business (read more about that).
From those conversations, the Profit editorial staff started talking to as many IoT experts as we could connect with: Oracle Java Embedded, big data, and smart city specialists; customers with experience building business cases for the IoT; Oracle partners who have implemented IoT infrastructure; IoT analysts who are tracking the emergence of the market.
And here are the results. I believe the content we’ve created for this issue shows that the IoT is not just a buzzword, ripe for exploitation by eager marketers and bubble-surfing startup mavens. It is a complex and powerful extension of existing systems into the physical world and requires discipline, a clear strategy, serious expertise, and powerful technology to execute well.
Oracle OpenWorld 2014 will serve as an excellent IoT proving ground, where technologists and business leaders can learn from the experiences of their peers and build their own IoT business cases.
Oracle OpenWorld 2014 will serve as an excellent IoT proving ground, where technologists and business leaders can learn from the experiences of their peers and build their own IoT business cases. Here’s a sample of IoT-related sessions attendees can check out as they plot their own strategies in this area:
Editor in Chief, Profit