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The institutional horror stories continue, the old Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) address space is nearly gone, and if we do not transition to IPv6 with its nearly unlimited address space the Internet will grind to a halt. A recent survey in Europe by the European Commission concludes that even in technology-progressive European countries "few companies are prepared for the switch from the current naming protocol, IPv4, to the new regime (protocol), IPv6." ARIN (the US-based Internet Registry) agrees, reminding us that "with less than 15% of IPv4 address space remaining, ARIN is now compelled to advise the Internet community that migration to IPv6 is necessary for any applications that require ongoing availability of contiguous IP number resources." OK, so what the heck? Why aren't we listening to those who understand the sense of urgency to migrate to IPv6, and... (more)

The Smart Money is on Smart Grids

Smart Grids on Ulitzer In Asia, the utilities industry is growing at an incredible rate. Investments globally in the sector have lead to more available jobs, predicting the return to pre-recession levels of employment by Q1 2010. However, with such substantial growth comes opportunities which have to be managed correctly to sustain long-term development. With the world’s investors looking at Asia to see how such a developing region can deal with governmental pressures on Green Technology, a meeting of the leading names in Asian and Pacific Utilities firms have agreed to meet at the illustrious NGU APAC summit. The Copenhagen Climate Change meeting will dramatically change the utility landscape. Carbon Reduction will mandate energy-efficiency upgrades in homes and businesses across Asia. To relieve Government pressures Companies are looking into smart grid solutions a... (more)

Cloud Computing Will Become Mainstream in 2010 -Progress Software

Progress Session at Cloud Expo Progress Software has predicted that the slow evolution in computing over the last few years will become a quiet revolution in 2010. Progress has also warned that CIOs who want to lead this revolution need to innovate at every opportunity, watching consumer trends and listening to ideas from across the business to ensure success. Based on feedback from customers, as well as its own research and development, Progress Software sees five key technology trends set to shake up computing in 2010. 1. Real-time insight and business control will become a must-have, as organizations can ill-afford to lose money and customer through being slow to notice problems in delivery. In 2009, our research found that 67% of businesses only become aware of problems when customers report them. 80% of companies already have critical business events they nee... (more)

Cisco Bets on the Future of Video with Contest

Cisco is doing its research in coming up with a contest designed to engage constituents interested in video platforms, and produce a smart video that portrays how video content could integrate with your TV in the future. Titled, “If your TV could do anything, what would you want it to do?” the contest throws down the gauntlet in asking for the best idea of what the future of TV should look like. Research Where did the idea come from? While researching the dynamics in the future demand for mobile content, Cisco pulled together statistics in indicating the potential growth in video over a wide array of platforms in the not too distant future. Referencing Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2009-2014, Cisco confirms the prediction in exponential growth in the way video is accessed in the future and maybe how your TV screen will ... (more)

M2M and Embedded Mobile Devices: Topical Round-Up

Welcome to M2M News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market. Social media has seized on the potential of RFID tags to log visitors to certain amusement parks. Once they pass through the gate or pass by an RFID scanner, their presence will be beamed to Facebook or another social media site announcing they were there and what they were doing. Read Original Content According to ABI Research the compound annual growth rate of global insurance telematics subscribers will grow by 90 percent from 2010 to 2017. That's an increase from 1.85 million telematics users... (more)

Smart Grids, ERP, Big Data and Mobility

Every Tuesday I publish a newsletter entitled M2M News Weekly. I try to find all the interesting data that is reported on The Internet of Things and M2M (machine-to-machine) each week and then share it with a link to the original article.  This week one of those items was Cognizant's Smart Meter Management Platform (SMMP).  This platform enables utilities, using a smart grid, to turn on and off the utilities remotely for homes and businesses based on their status, plus a lot of other interesting things.  I am the Head Analyst for SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud) for Cognizant, so this news was particularly interesting to me. There is a PDF available on this topic here. The SMMP solution utilizes an industry standard called MultiSpeak for integration between the smart grid, SMMP and a utility's ERP.  Here is the clever part, the ERP is remotely turning on ... (more)

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of July 20, 2014

The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Connected Globe News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! The global market for smart grid technology is growing rapidly and is expected to reach $125 billion in 2017, according to a recent Frost & Sullivan report. Read Original Content Connected car service providers are poised to almost triple their revenues to earn close to $17 billion by 2018, as players like GM, BMW, Tesla and others ramp smart apps. Read Original Conten... (more)

eMeter Joins VMware VirtualizationTechnology Alliance Partnership Program

eMeter announced it has joined the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program. The VMware TAP program helps technology vendors integrate their products with VMware virtualization software and deliver timely, joint solutions to mutual customers. Through eMeter’s support of EnergyIP software running on VMware Infrastructure 3, eMeter’s utility customers now have a combined solution to increase performance, cut operating costs, and achieve greener operations. VMware Infrastructure 3 improves business continuity and strengthens the security of eMeter’s EnergyIP software. The capabilities of VMware virtualization software and technology help eMeter customers cut costs through virtualization and hardware consolidation resulting in reduced hardware and operating costs required to run EnergyIP. Cost savings and benefits are realized immediately thro... (more)

Cisco Pushes ‘City-as-a-Service’

Cisco has taken a piece of a really ambitious grid-turned-cloud company in Oz called Majitek that intends to turn all the devices and systems in an entire city into money-making utility services. This, it appears, is "intelligent urbanization," especially in emerging markets, and is supposed to make for better city management, better quality of life and real economic development. Cisco claims that it represents a "major market transition" and "whole new multibillion-dollar industry" considering that 500 million people will move to cities in the next five years and 60% of world's population will be living in cities 10 years from now. So it has just kicked off a global initiative to make the network "the fourth utility." Cisco figures it can capitalize on this mass migration and will focus initially on sustainable solutions for public safety and security, transportatio... (more)

The Google Ventures Cheat Sheet

Earlier this week, Google finally announced the formation of a new venture arm called Google Ventures. It is where all smaller-scale venture investments from Google will now originate. The day of the announcement, I chatted on the phone with Bill Maris and Rich Miner, the two Google executives who are managing the fund to get a sense of what they are interested in and how the fund will work. It turns out they are open to investing in pretty much anything from the Internet and cloud computing to healthcare and mobile. “We don’t want to artificially limit ourselves,” says Miner. What about space elevators? “Show me one that works,” retorts Maris, “and I will invest in it.” The two of them will run the entire fund pretty much by themselves, bringing in other Googlers as needed for expertise and to help evaluate startups. Both Maris and Miner have done venture investi... (more)

Enterprise Architecture: Hope Or Hype?

Hype cycles are common in many markets. For technology markets, Gartner® has established a five-phase hype cycle used since 1995 to track a new technology from its trigger phase to the point where it has become widely demonstrated and accepted. For many technologies, these hype cycles typically span anywhere from three to ten years. When a technology breakthrough gains momentum with the press and possibly launches a product, that particular technology gets triggered. This describes the first phase of the cycle. In the second phase, expectations for that technology are inflated because of a few over-enthusiasts pledging unrealistic paybacks. When these paybacks are not obviously realized, the press walks away from that technology, leading some of the enthusiasts to drop out in the third phase. The enthusiasts who remain on board continue to utilize the technology du... (more)