IOT – Think Big – Start Small – Scale Quickly

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Think Big, Start Small, Scale Quickly

There’s an old philosophy that business coaches often use. It’s the saying that you think big, start small, and then scale quickly. If you follow it closely, you have the potential to make a lasting impression in an industry and achieve actual results in the process.

Let’s look at this in terms of the internet of things to see how it pertains to this industry. The first thing we do is think big. This means to think about the transformation in the industry and how it will not only impact you, but others. With this, you’ll know what technology you need to be successful, and have the building blocks in place that others can come to you as they need your technology in order to operate more effectively.

Now that you understand the big picture, you can start small. Begin to work a process into the latest trends. Identify any weaknesses the competition has, and work to design and processes to help combat these weaknesses. Consider adjusting the structure and then release products that address these concerns. You can begin to gain attention as you do this, and others will follow your suit. Chances are, other technology companies will be willing to work with you to address their own internal concerns.

It’s at this point, you scale quickly. You begin to unroll solutions quickly, release prototypes, and aggressively work to be the leader in the industry. The goal at this time is to show you are on the cutting edge of things and to drive the process further harder. As you do this, make sure you keep looking at the future, especially since you know the direction you are taking trends and work on building from this. Even though you did start small, you have cornered a section of the market at the head. That way, people will keep looking to you in order to determine the future of things.

The thing to remember is that as long as you are innovative, and follow through with the process, there is no reason why you cannot succeed. Mobile technology has used this approach for years and it continues to propel the smart phone industry. With more devices headed toward total connectivity, it will pay to be the company who decides to start small and scale quickly, and unleash the new popular trends that will propel the internet of things into the future.

For another real-world example of this check out this post from Cisco/Jasper.

Expanding your IOT Horizons

DIY Applications that Could Expand the Reach and Mindshare of IoT

There are some in the IoT industry who see certain technologies as prohibitive, especially for the average user. There are a number of areas that are currently unserved by IoT technologies, sometimes due to a lack of innovation, and at other times due to there being a lack of network support in a particular geographic location.

With the increased penetration of 4G cellular coverage around the world, there is huge potential for DIY IoT services that are independent of any major branch of technology. Learning about the companies that are preparing niche devices can help you to expand your vision of what IoT is, and who it can benefit.

Here are three exciting areas that have already been embraced by the DIY IoT community.

Environmental Tracking for Agriculture

Agricultural operators could gain a lot from IoT sensors, and independent developer Mesur would like to provide the technology. This startup company creates simple sensor devices that can track atmospheric and environmental conditions to help with seeding and harvesting, allowing operators to minimize waste and increase crop yields. They also provide tailored analytical sensor software to benefit turf management, vineyard management, and even mining operations.

Private Car Telemetry Tracking

Telemetry tracking can be hugely beneficial when used for legal defense or during insurance claims. One driver who wanted to put the power of data in his own hands, went as far as creating a device that tracked his vehicle behavior, detecting speed, location, and acceleration/braking patterns. Using simple components like gyros, a GPS module, and a transmitter, individuals could create their own vehicle tracker with telemetry, and connect it to a cellular network for extensive urban and suburban coverage.

Plant Health Monitor for Home Gardeners

By combining a GSM connected microcontroller module from Particle, along with a temperature and moisture sensor, home DIY enthusiasts could create a simple device that tracks soil quality in home planters or gardens, letting them know when it’s time to get out and water the plants. With the Particle microcontroller, alerts can be sent via SMS, email, or to a mobile app. An electron 3G kit from Particle costs less than $70 USD, and as demand for DIY devices increases, these costs are likely to come down even further.

Using a Particle Microcontroller for Almost Any Application

Particle is one of the leading companies when it comes to home and small scale IoT development. Their electron IoT microcontroller kit can provide cellular service in virtually any country that has coverage, and the microcontroller can be used with multiple sensors for virtually any application. Whether a user wanted to create a GPS tracker for their vehicle, or a door sensor for their home, the Particle would be perfect for the job.

As other companies develop DIY-friendly kit sets and technologies, it is likely that the number of home-based IoT enthusiasts will increase, and devices like the Particle could even find their way into schools and tertiary education facilities, where they will inspire the next generation of IoT designers and innovators.

Smarter Cities with The Internet of Things

Parking meters, information signs, CCTV, traffic signals – almost everywhere that you look in a modern city, there’s a microchip embedded device, connecting to what has now become known as the all-encompassing Internet of Things. Although we often overlook the fact, cities are, in essence, huge and complex businesses. Cities compete for residents, investors, tourists, and even funding from central government. For cities to remain relevant, they have to become smarter, leaner, and more connected. The IoT is helping the world’s largest cities to do this, and it’s all happening on a grand scale, and at a phenomenal rate.

According to Gartner Research, in this year alone, 5.5 million new ‘things’ are expected to become connected every day. From consumer devices like smartphones and fitness devices, to interactive flat panel displays and information kiosks, IoT is seeing huge adoption rates and staggering investment. Just over a year ago, an IDC FutureScape report predicted that local government bodies would represent up to a quarter of all government spending, specifically because of investment into the research and implementation of connected technologies.

Simple Ideas are Changing How Cities are Run

Looking at just a few of the innovative technologies from the last five years, it is possible to start developing a picture of what smart cities will look like within the next decade. Bitlock is an innovative technology that uses proximity keys to automatically activate or deactivate bike locks. At the same time, the system uses an owner’s smartphone to record the GPS location of the lock and bike. Such a system could be utilized on a large scale, such as in a bike sharing program in heavily congested cities. Private and government organizations could track bikes for better management, and they could even use the uploaded data to provide real time updates for bike availability, while also recording patterns of utilization.

Streetline is another smart city technology that shows great promise. Using networked parking sensors, Streetline can record parking availability in real time, and report to city officials and publicly available smartphone apps, simultaneously. The technology is in widespread use around Los Angeles, and as of May this year, over 490 million individual parking events had been recorded and reported using Streetline sensors. Studies have shown that smart parking systems can reduce peak parking congestion by up to 22%, and can reduce total traffic volume by 8%. With other technologies like IBM’s Intelligent Transportation Solutions, local governments could utilize devices to gather real time aggregated data which can be used to measure traffic volume, speed, and other metrics, which could be used to design better policy and city planning.

Opportunities for IoT Skilled Professionals

Innovative technologies like these are just the beginning of what is possible in a smart city. Emerging technologies have the potential to make major cities more functional and convenient for residents and visitors, and more manageable for government bodies. Even so, there are still challenges to overcome. Infrastructure is a major challenge, and cities will need to plan and implement high speed networks, as well as the servers that are necessary to support their sensors and other systems. Storage and processing needs will increase as IoT becomes more widespread, and security will need to become a major area of focus. Security is not just necessary to safeguard systems, but also to protect end user privacy and data.

It’s clear that smart technologies and IoT are the future of the world’s major cities. Which in turn means that experienced developers, operations professionals, engineers, and IT security specialists will be in high demand, with growing opportunities in the immediate future, and in the coming years.

Honored to be #6 IOT Influencer by Onalytica

IoT is a huge industry, with 150 million smart appliances currently available for consumption. It is also a growing industry with a lot of potential and a bright future. However for the industry to reach its potential, security systems, network systems and management systems will need to be updated. This is especially necessary considering the high level of damage a hack could invoke upon an individual or community. As Network World point out an industry like the Internet of Things will always need to evolve to keep up with consumer needs. This may mean increasing machine to machine communication in all sphere’s of manufacturing, including highly intelligent cars.

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IOT 2017: Top 100 Influencers, Brands and Publications

About Bill McCabe/ Internet of Things Recruiting – Executive Search/ Retained Search for the Internet of Things/ Machine 2 Machine/ Big Data Markets

Big Data Top IOT Influencer per Moz 5/17

Top Industrial IOT Influencer Worldwide Per Right Relevance – March 2017

IBM IOT Futurist – Top 50 IOT Authority on Twitter – Guest contributor to IoT Central, Medium and

Need Help finding your next Big Data or IOT Employee or If you require the top 5% of IOT talent let’s talk. Drop me a line or use this link to schedule an IOT Search Assessment Call Click Here to Schedule

OR Contact me at 303-337-7871

Are Job Boards Dead? Top Reasons that Job Boards are not as Effective

Once upon a time in the infancy of the internet—or — as short a time ago as just 4 or 5 years, job boards were “the” place to go for you to post your resume. Boards were also the best place to post a job where good people were hanging around reviewing them and waiting for the right job to come along. Today people are looking in other places and in many cases, finding jobs without going to the job boards at all. IoT jobs in particular simply don’t do well on the job board scenario.

Today there are dozens of places where you can find just the right person and you won’t have to work quite as hard. Job boards are still out there and to an extent they are still effective, but they are not AS effective because better things have replaced them.

According to JobVites Job Seeker Survey, social media is streaks ahead of the job board these days.

Why has the effectiveness of the job board gone down so much?

First of all many job postings never quite make it to the job board. That means that many of the jobs that actually are available are never seen. Not to mention that many jobs posted on job boards are also posted in a dozen other places and may have been filled and not deleted from the job boards. In addition, consider the many advances in technology and how we are using them.

Networking sites allow for nearly live interaction between the job seeker and the company seeking new employees. Resumes may be placed in the cloud and skill sets verified so that companies may seek out the workers of their choice and verify some of their work history.

Networking and social media sites have about a 45%-50 % effectiveness rating today when it comes to finding jobs. Job boards, which used to boast a 30-40% rating, are now seeing about 10 percent effectiveness in the jobs attainment.

These same networking sites also give us the means to explore the companies for which the recruits or candidates will work. Networking and recruiting is changing the way that we attain jobs or new talent because:

·      Your resume doesn’t fall into the job board black hole.

·      You’re not wasting your time because you do see/address the decision makers for the company or the recruiters seeking out new candidates.

·      By the time that the jobs make it to the jobs board, hundreds of people may have already applied but the same is not true for jobs you see on the social media sites.

Social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn are by and large replacing the job board sites and give us the means to interact in a live way, to verify information and to recruit people who seem to be a good fit for our open positions.

Job boards may be on the downhill slide but job sites or networking sites are providing some of the best ways for candidates to search out new jobs as well as for companies or recruiting agents to find new talent to fill those jobs.

About Bill McCabe/ Internet of Things Recruiting – Executive Search/ Retained Search for the Internet of Things/ Machine 2 Machine/ Big Data Markets

Onalytica IOT Top Influencer # 6 Per Onalytica 6/17

Top Industrial IOT Influencer Worldwide Per Right Relevance – March 2017

IBM IOT Futurist – Top 50 IOT Authority on Twitter – Guest contributor to IoT Central, Medium and

Need Help finding your next Big Data or IOT Employee or If you require the top 5% of IOT talent let’s talk. Drop me a line or use this link to schedule an IOT Search Assessment Call Click Here to Schedule

OR Contact me at 303-337-7871

List of AI Experts Includes IoT Recruiter Bill McCabe at Position Four.

Bill McCabe Added to Top 50 List of Artificial Intelligence Experts

DENVERJune 12, 2017PRLog — Bill McCabe is proud to announce that he has been included in the

“FINE LIST OF 30 TOP WORLD ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE EXPERTS TO FOLLOW IN 2017″ that was recently published by IPFC Online. Mr McCabe, renowned recruiter and CEO Of Softnet Search is well known for his insights into IoT and AI as well as Big Data. Mr McCabe is also well known in his space for matching the right client with the right job to the benefit of both entities.

Internet Of Things Recruiting has been part of the IoT recruiting landscape for years, recently branching out to include new services such as AI recruiting as well as Data Scientist recruiting. The company is expanding dramatically and the new services are a natural occurrence.

Mr McCabe commented ” AI and Data Science is a natural evolution of the IoT where Internet of Things Recruiting started. It is a source of great pride that we’ve been accepted in this arena after a vast amount of hard work and study to ensure that we had  all of the knowledge and skill that we required to be able to effectively and effciently recruit for big data and data science as well as artificial intelligence.”

For more information about Internet of Things Recruiting you may visit us on the web at or telephone Mr McCabe for a free 10 minute consultation at 303-337-7871

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Oracle Ready to Fight for Their Share of the Cloud

In the world of commercial cloud services, there’s no doubt that Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure are dominating the market. According to estimates from Deutsche Bank, Amazon’s AWS generates revenue of around $6 billion per year, with Microsoft trailing by one or two billion. Other industry insiders report similar figures.

Compare this to Oracle, a company where similar cloud offerings are responsible for revenue in the millions. Despite being so far behind, Oracle wants a bigger share of the cloud market, and CEO Mark Hurd has come out with fighting words. In a recent interview featured on USA Today, there were some choice sound bites that showed Oracle’s current feistiness. “They can say what they want, but our strategy and momentum are irrefutable. We are the fastest growing cloud company at scale.”

Although Oracle hasn’t made a huge impact with cloud services, their position as an important player in IT is undeniable. Throughout the past two decades, Oracle made the majority of their money through business software. Their model was simple – sell a software product at a premium, develop the software based on market feedback, and sell new licenses to continue the revenue stream. For businesses in the past, this was the status quo. Today, there are better solutions, and many of Orcale’s former clients are discovering them.

Software as a service (SaaS) allows for products that are more affordable, but that still deliver ongoing revenue for developers. Microsoft is one company that has moved almost completely towards SaaS, offering all of their core product suites, and even Microsoft Windows, as SaaS products. Microsoft and Amazon are continuously growing with SaaS products in the cloud, yet companies like HP, IBM, and Oracle, have all been struggling in recent years. Some tech observers even listed these companies amongst the ‘walking dead’ of the established IT mega corporations.

Oracle simply can’t afford to fail when it comes to the cloud. They’ve been on the back foot for too long now, and despite having an almost $200 billion market capitalization around the world, their revenue has been virtually stagnant for the past four years. With a number of recent acquisitions and growth in their NetSuite cloud business solution, Oracle thinks they can topple the market leaders.

Whether this is just bravado to remain relevant, or if Oracle will cause an upset in the relatively young cloud market, still remains to be seen.

Planning Your Career in 2017

You will never hear anyone say, “I hope my career stagnates this year.” Your IoT career is a chosen path and you want to be sure that you move forward in it.

The problem is that many of us are not entirely sure what to do to plan our career. We planned our education and we planned our employment, but for many of us, that’s as far as we got.

Why should you plan your career?

Think of your IoT career as sort of a lifelong road trip. Without a map you’re going to end up going somewhere, but realistically you’re probably not going to go anywhere worth being. Without good directions, a map or a gps, the trip isn’t going to end on a high note.

Having a career plan gives you a general goal and a set of directions that can help you to get there. The plan will make you take a closer look at the things you are doing and what they are doing for your career. It makes you think hard and commit to a given process. That process begins with assessing the past year and taking a hard look at where you’ve been.

Ask yourself the question “Where would I like to be in my IoTcareer by the end of next year?” “What kind of IoT jobs are out there and what should I be considering?” What would make you feel as though you were a success? How will you know if you’ve achieved your goal? By setting a benchmark or a point that serves as a goalpost.

Next, set your definition of how you are going to get there. IoT jobs are a unique type of employment and each job in IoT requires a unique set of skills and a unique methodology for moving forward in your career path. There are no cookie cutter solutions for making your IoT career move forward.

Plot a course. Define the steps that you need to take and the way in which you will accomplish the forward momentum for your career. Give yourself quarterly goals and objectives to meet that will help you to get where you want to be.

Get help in defining your career path. If you’re uncertain as to how to chart a path forward in your career, find someone who is doing well and has steadily moved forward and ask for their assistance.

Speak with anyone who has successfully navigated a career path like yours. Even older people who are getting ready to retire and have been successful in their career are great people to work with.

Make a choice about the best way to navigate your career path and then commit to it. Watch where you go and evaluate the results at the end of the quarter. If the goals have been met and the movement is positive, continue on that path and it they have not, reevaluate and chart a new path to take you where you want to be.

Just as everything in life changes, your plan will change too and in some cases, things will not go 100 percent according to the plan. The important thing is that you have a goal post and some guidelines with which to work. Those can be changed as necessary to give you a guide that will allow you to plot a more successful career.

Police are Seeking Amazon Echo Data for Use in Murder Trial

Amazon Echo and other virtual devices are now part of the legal landscape. As of last week, police are seeking access to Amazon Echo information to see if the Amazon data has something that will help them with a murder case.

According to The Information the police and the attorneys involved in the case from Bentonville Arkansas have issued a warrant to Amazon asking them to hiand over any and all audio or records from Echo that belong to James Andrew Bates. Bates will go to trial for the murder of Victor Collins in 2017.

While Amazon has declined to give any of the recorded information from the Echo that it has on its servers, the company did give the account details and the account purchases from the account to the police. The police state that they could pull some data from the speaker but what they could get was unclear.

The Echo device is always on and can be awoken so police want information that may be stored on the device of an audio nature. According to Gabe Guttierez the police want to see what the device recordings may tell them. “We know Amazon has a copy because consumers can actually listen to all their Alexa requests and they can delete them, so that’s an option that’s available in a lot of these technologies–something that’s good for consumers to know,” stated privacy expert Bob Sullivan.

According to WHO TV the prosecutors say 32-year-old James Bates murdered his co-worker Victor Collins, who was found strangled in Bates’ hot tub.”

Bates, who called 9-1-1 when he found Collins, has pleaded not guilty to the crime and of course isn’t thrilled with the Amazon data being called into play. He had multiple other smart devices attached to his home at the time, including a water meter. The water meter showed that more than 140 gallons of water were used between 1 and 3 am when Collins was murdered.

Investigators state that he used that water to clean up a crime scene. The Echo and other devices like it are supposed to find answers for you by listening to what you tell it to do, but the police in Bentonville believe that it can help with the case by telling them what it heard.

“Did anybody think when this was being created that information you gave to Alexis or you gave to the amazon echo would be used outside your home, and then be used to have you arrested for a crime you didn’t commit?” asked Bates’ defense attorney Kim Weber.

Amazon told WHO — NBC News that it “will not release customer information without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us. Amazon objects to overbroad or otherwise inappropriate demands as a matter of course.”

“When we give companies data, the big problem is not only how will it be used today, but how could it be combined with other data in the future and then used against us,” remarked privacy expert Sullivan.

How it all plays out remains to be seen but based on the Echo and the hot water meter, it appears that your smart devices may be the best witnesses against you.

Cloudflare’s New IoT Focused Security Solution

San Francisco based Cloudflare has had formed a significant presence in content delivery and internet security, especially considering the company is less than a decade old. To many industry observers, Cloudflare is a company that came at exactly the right time to capitalize on the growing number of cloud service and IoT operators.

Most recently, the company has announced their new Orbit security product, which will not only work with websites and other cloud services, but also with IoT devices.

IoT’s Impressive Growth is Not Slowing

Here are two critical stats that illustrate just how important the Internet of Things will be in 2017 and beyond.

  • Companies are expected to spend up to $5 Trillion on IoT devices and infrastructure between now and 2022. (BI Intelligence)
  • By 2022, there will be almost 23 billion IoT devices in use. This is up from roughly 7 billion that exist today. (BI Intelligence)

Security Continues to Be Critical

With such an explosion in growth, it’s no surprise that companies are taking security so seriously. With increasing numbers of devices connected to networks that are inherently vulnerable, industry innovators will need to continuously update their security solutions, just as we do on our corporate networks and desktop PCs today.

Cloudflare recently reported that they had seen an increase in DDoS and other attacks originating from compromised IoT devices. CCTV cameras were amongst the most exploited devices. Since discovering trends in attacks being sent from IoT devices, the company started working on a comprehensive IoT and cloud security solution. The result is Orbit. Orbit resides on the network layer in front of IoT devices.

Essentially, it’s between the internet and the things. The company worked closely with both vendors and innovators to ensure that their product was adaptable to the ever changing needs of IoT, which is a large part of the reason why Orbit sits on the edge of any protected network. It means that companies will be able to implement patches at an infrastructure level, and it won’t technically matter what kind of devices are on the other end.

Cloudflare has had its share of controversies in recent years, but their steps to help protect the Internet of Things could be a significant boost to their public image. Their scalable system has already received praise from companies like Qualcomm, Karamba Security, and Swift Sensors, and it will be interesting for any industry insider to see just how effective Cloudflare Orbit will be in the coming years.