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 this technology.
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 extended over multiple decades. It is the basis of the scientific method enabling systematic observation and measurement of phenomena. We probably have only begun to explore the boundaries of what we might learn through these observations and this growing sensor network. In most cases today IoT focuses on observation of a single “thing”, but ultimately we will learn of patterns that occur due to one “thing” impacting another “thing”. These chains of events have the capability to drive innovation that till now has only been described in science fiction. It’s Schroedinger’s experiment applied on an infinite scale.
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JP Morgenthal — Distinguished Engineer
JP is a veteran IT solutions executive with CSC. He has been delivering IT services to business leaders for the past 30 years and is a recognized thought-leader in applying emerging technology for business growth and innovation. JP’s strengths center around transformation and modernization, leveraging next generation platforms and technologies. He has held technical executive roles in multiple businesses including: CTO, Chief Architect and Founder/CEO.
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