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Episode 67

They say data is the new oil. Well if that’s the case, then like oil, crude data must be refined and packaged to make it useful and consumable. If you believe, like I believe, that all incremental value from an Internet product comes from transforming its data into useful information, then external sources of data, when combined with internal data, can become very valuable, indeed.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) where I speak with David Knight about third-party data markets and syndicates ...




Episode 66

It takes a lot, and I mean a lot, to get me to download yet another app on my phone, especially one that’s going to try to sell me something… but, I’m open to Retail-IoT tech. I’m not much of a physical shopper, probably because I find the whole shopping experience so dreary, but this so called offline-online convergence within retail has piqued my interest.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) where I speak with Oleg Puzanov about proximity marketing and where it’s headed with IoT ...




Episode 65

If you’ve been listening to my show for a while you know I’m a lover of IoT platforms. It just doesn’t make sense to create your own plumbing from scratch – especially since there are so many beauties to choose from that sport business models that are so agreeable early on. But what about open source platforms – are they ready yet for primetime?
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) where I speak with Hans Scharler about where open source platforms are today, and when it makes most sense to use them ...




Episode 64

It’s no secret that the IIoT is enabling manufacturing to go through its next revolution. Some call it Industrie 4.0, but it goes further than the shop floor. The Industrial Internet (of Things) is virtualizing the entire manufacturing industry from supply chain to factory to distribution and along the way is having a profound effect on the workforce and the equipment used.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) where I speak with Tanja Rueckert about the hot topics of connected manufacturing and asset intelligence ...




Episode 63

We all know, whether from experience or just intuitively, that bolting security on an IoT product after much of the development has been completed is a total rookie mistake, and a recipe for disaster. Yet this still happens. By crowdfunded startups who don’t mention security in their videos, to internal teams in larger enterprises who also emphasise the bling in order to get their project greenlit from within.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) where I speak with Chris Romeo about the Security Development Lifecycle, the polar opposite to the bolt-on, that’s been successfully used in IT security for years ...




Episode 62

Repeat this mantra: Privacy by Design, Privacy by Design. Although, Security by Design is a best practice followed by IoT companies in the know, its business counterpart, related to risk, isn’t chanted nearly as often as it should be. Privacy by Design should be repeated with every second breath. In this episode of the IoT Business Show
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) where I speak with Paul Plofchan about Privacy by Design and other privacy best practices ...




Episode 61

You’ve heard of the KISS principle, right? Keep it Simple Stupid… Well, I don’t think many consumer smart product makers have. Maybe it’s just where we are in the IoT evolutionary cycle but often they take a perfectly fine, and simple, product and heap on to it a lot of complexity when making it smart. Even worst, this complexity often adds very little incremental value.
Listen to this analysis episode (or read the transcript) with Bruce Sinclair where he discusses how making products smart often reduces their value instead of increasing it ...




Episode 60

What’s the IQ of your city? There are a few ways to raise it to become a smart city. The bottom-up approach starts with a few IoT pilots to see what sticks and what the operational implications are. The top-down approach looks at the city as a platform providing interconnectivity.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) where I speak with Miguel Gamino, San Francisco’s CIO, about his approach to make his city the smartest of them all ...




Episode 59

The smart home or connected home makes life good. Comfortable. Reminiscent of the Jetson’s in many ways. But business models aside, today’s big question, at least for me, is if it really is a DIY (do it yourself) market as it’s currently being betrayed.
Listen to this analysis episode (or read the transcript) with Bruce Sinclair where he discusses how going beyond home automation makes life good, and the DIY/SI question ...