See the Invisible

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 5 Mar, 2019

There is a saying “he/she has eyes in the back of his/her head”. This means as much as the ability to see what is happening behind you. With the advent of inexpensive cameras mounted in your car this is a reality. Look at dashcams from for instance Nextbase. Just put one in your car and you can record what is happening in front of you as well as behind you. When autonomous driving matures, we will see more and more cameras being mounted in a car together with all kinds of other technology.

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Topics: WSO2 ESB, WSO2 API, ESB, IoT, Digital Transformation, WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, API Management, API Strategy, WSO2 EI, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus, Digital Strategy, Strategy

IoT deployments: from Sensible to Madness

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 22 Jan, 2019

IoT, the Internet of Things, is a term that you must have heard about these last couple of years. Small sensors that are able to measure something and communicate their findings to a (central) server. To give you an example: the city of Utrecht (The Netherlands) has equipped recycling bins for glass and paper with sensors that will indicate that the bins are full. This does not only allow collection just in time (and therefor could save on cost) it also makes sure that people are able to throw away their recyclables and not leave them next to the bin (as some people unfortunately do). A very sensible use case for IoT. But not all of them make sense in my opinion!

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Topics: ESB, IoT, API Management, API Strategy, Internet of Everything

Digital Transformation: Threat or Opportunity?

Posted by Vinay Babu Yella on 15 Jan, 2019

Digital Transformation is for a company the difference between winning and losing. Companies that were once great are now extinct. For example: Toys "R" Us was once a successful toys store chain, but now out of business after Amazon shook up the retail market with online e-commerce offering customers with greater selection, lower price, and better customer experience. In some cases, much younger companies (for example: Uber, Airbnb, Stripe) are emerging as major disruptors in their industry, using their digital platforms that prove to be a threat to their competitors. Over the past twenty years, it has been proven that the industry disruptors where the first to embrace Digital Transformation, and those other companies that followed were successful by surviving the competition.

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Topics: WSO2 ESB, WSO2 API, ESB, IoT, Cloud, Identity and Access Management, Digital Transformation, WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, WSO2 IOT, API Management, API Strategy, WSO2 EI, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus, Digital Strategy, WSO2 Stream Processor, Microservices, Data Analytics, Strategy, Stream Processor

Microservices and Integration will be the themes of 2019

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 11 Dec, 2018

About this time last year, I predicted that these five IT-related themes would play an important role in 2018: API-first, IoT, Blockchain, Microservices and Automated Stacks. Now, one year later, let’s look back if the predictions became reality and to see what awaits us in the coming year.

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Topics: IoT, API, Integration, API Management, API Strategy, Blockchain, Open Source Software, Digital Strategy, Automated Stacks, Microservices, Strategy, Microgateway

The democratization of GPS, IoT and Location Based Services

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 25 Sep, 2018

It is hard to imagine a world without the use of global positioning systems or GPS for short. Over the last decade or so we have seen the use of GPS systems increased tremendously due to the miniaturization of the technology. It meant the end of the analog Road Atlas and introduced personal navigation devices and allowed organizations like TomTom, data company taking the information from the devices and turn it into data about traffic around the world. We rely on our GPS systems to go from A to B. Imagine what you can do with an IOT devices that allows location-based services with a long battery life.

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Topics: IoT, Digital Strategy, Strategy