Smart Things

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 21 Aug, 2018

The word Smart is often misused in marketing. Just slap that word in front of any device and suddenly you have a device capable of doing the most amazing things. We have smart fridges, smart thermostats and even smart underwear with sensors woven in the undies and bras that will measure vitals like heart rate, temperature, pressure, motion and so on. Really, I am not kidding. I believe that, unless you are a top athlete or have a chronic condition that needs monitoring, you need to be a bit of a data fetishist to wear such garments. What I mean with smart is not only connected but also capable of adding value by means of its ‘smartness’.

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Topics: WSO2 ESB, ESB, IoT, WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, WSO2 EI, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus, Strategy, Machine Learning

How the IoT is changing 5 vital industries

Posted by JBTechReports on 2 Jan, 2018

Everyday, the Internet of Things is changing the world as we know it. Everything from smart watches and smart shoes to holograms and robotic help looks like something straight out of The Jetsons. Granted, George Jetson's flying car is still being developed by the likes of Slovakian startup AeroMobil, and 3D printed food hasn’t made it to mainstream restaurants yet from Foodini, Cocojet, and NASA; but we’re getting there, and there’s plenty to be excited about.

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Topics: IoT

How to crush digitalization using the IT trends of 2018

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 19 Dec, 2017

If 2017 was “talk the talk”, 2018 will definitely be “walk the walk”. Last year, the idea of digital transformation was a vague, new promise that was both appreciated and distrusted by the business world. Sure, CEOs, CIOs and IT managers all knew change was coming, but they didn’t think it would be such a great deal. But that was last year. The IT trends of 2017 (including IoT, Blockchain and rising star API) have sunk in, and new legislations like GDPR and PSD2 force companies to re-invent their business. So why not re-invent right now? In this article, I tell you how to crush digitalization using the IT trends of 2018.

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Topics: IoT, API, Identity and Access Management, Integration, NoOps, Blockchain, Automated Stacks, Microservices

IoT in education: leveraging the smartphone addiction

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 12 Dec, 2017

Let’s talk about IoT. Futuristic as “Internet of Things” may sound, the technology is already making airports, railway stations and other public areas more interactive and a hell of a lot more interesting. Over the past few years, quite some sector disruptors have been experimenting with IoT technologies to optimize their own products and services, and I believe it’s time for the world to follow in their footsteps. One of the sectors that would really benefit from an on-site IoT strategy is education. Both to increase efficiency- and for the very simple reason it makes the campus a great place to be.  

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Topics: IoT

Mobile versus “other”- IoT devices to include in your digital strategy

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 14 Nov, 2017

When we talk about our digital transformation, we love to drop terms as “connected business” and “IoT strategy”. Not surprising, as the Internet of Things speaks to our imagination and enables us to become a digital business with all the benefits that come with it. But when we actually start deploying IoT, word-dropping is not getting us anywhere. There are choices to make, strategies to outline, technologies to explore and most important of all: mistakes to avoid. This is why, in this blog, I’d like to discuss the role of IoT devices in your digital strategy. I’ll share insights into device types, the goals they serve and the way they can help you become a successful digital organization.   

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Topics: IoT