Real World Internet of Things at Scale

Jim Kaskade

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m extremely passionate about opportunities involving Internet of Things (IoT) – or should I call it Identity of Things – and what it will bring to end-consumers and businesses alike! The industry of connected devices is growing at a breakneck speed and...
I can’t tell my wife about any of the details of our new home security cameras from NEST. I fear that she’ll learn about the level of security associated with all my digital home product choices, and literally shut me down before I perfect all my possible security measures....
The Beginning of Your Digital Identity This somewhat dates me (as I just recently celebrated my half-century birthday)…I remember my Radio Shack TRS-80 color display computer with a dial-up modem connection to the CompuServe Information Service (CIS) in the early 1980′s. I ...
The following are a few Big Data companies that I was keeping an eye on starting back in January of 2015 (yeah, this is NOT a statistically significant sample)….some for “old times sake” because I knew the founding team and was curious how things were progressing, some because I trust...
WOW. What a ride! I write this as I complete Chapter 16; namely, my time at CSC comes to a close. Infochimps, a CSC Company I think back to the day I called Mike Lawrie, CEO of CSC, back in June 2013. I was the CEO of Infochimps, a Big Data Cloud company. Me: “Mike, [...]
“Dad, if my character dies in the game, would I die in the real world?” What a beautifully naive question that my son, Trevor, asked me during a son-dad conversation about how games might change over the years. Earlier last year, Mattel’s CEO, Bryan Stockton, was fired. After three y...
Lou Gerstner became president of American Express in 1985 at the age of 43. He dismissed the speculation that his success was the product of being a workaholic. Gerstner said, “I hear that, and I can’t accept that. A workaholic can’t take vacations, and I take four weeks a year.” As I...
Whenever Jack visited me, he used to leave sticky notes on my desk with nuggets of wisdom. For example, “Keep people you trust close to you.”…or, “Key values for Teradata where: Pride, Enthusiasm, Importance of the Individual, Teamwork and Open Communications, Ethics, Dedication, Quali...
It’s a market that is as big or bigger than Cloud. IDC expects the overall market for IoT to grow at a 12.5% CAGR from $1.3 trillion in 2013 to $3.0 trillion in 2020. IDC also forecasts that there will be approximately 30 billion autonomous things attached to the Internet in 2020, whic...
Fraud is definitely top of mind for all banks. Steve Rosenbush at the Wall Street Journal recently wrote about Visa’s new Big Data analytic engine which has changed the way the company combats fraud. Visa estimates that its new Big Data fraud platform has identified $2 billion in poten...
What do you get when you combine Big Data technologies….like Pig and Hive? A flying pig? No, you get a “Logical Data Warehouse”. My general prediction is that Cloudera and Hortonworks are both aggressively moving to fulfilling a vision which looks a lot like Gartner’s “Logical Da...
I ventured out of the “big company” environment back in 1998. It was 15 years later when I found myself back in the big company – a $13B revenue company after my startup was acquired. As part of an executive team of 18 at a publicly-traded company, the environment cou...
What do Special Forces, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, and Marines all have in common? Teams like these go through what is considered by some to be the toughest military training in the world. They also encounter obstacles that develop and test their stamina, leadership and ability to work ...
SAP customers are confused about the positioning between SAP Sybase IQ and SAP Hana as it applies to data warehousing. Go figure, so is SAP. You want to learn about their data warehousing offering, and all you hear is “Hana this” and “Hana that”. It reminds me of the time after I left...
What’s a $15B powerhouse in information technology (IT) and professional services doing with an open source based Big Data startup? It starts with “Generation-OS”. We’re not talking about Gen-Y or Gen-Z. We’re talking Generation ‘Open Source’. Massive disruption is occurring in infor...
Have you heard of products like IBM’s InfoSphere Streams, Tibco’s Event Processing product, or Oracle’s CEP product? All good examples of commercially available stream processing technologies which help you process events in real-time. I’ve been asked what I consider as “Big Data” ver...
Do you think that you’re working with “Big Data”? or is it “Small Data”? If you’re asking ad hoc questions of your data, you’ll probably need something that supports “query-response” performance or, in other words, “near real-time”. We’re not talking about batch analytics, but more int...
How do you know whether you are dealing with Big Data or Small Data? I’m constantly asked for my definition of “Big Data”. Well, here it is…for batch analytics. Queries are complex requiring many concurrent data modifications, a rich breadth of operators, and many selectivity constrai...
As organizations continue to grapple with big data demands, they may find that business managers who understand data may meet their “data scientist” needs better than the hard core data technologists. There’s little doubt that data-derived insight will be a key differ...
The webster definition of “expansion stage” is: “Financing provided by a venture capital firm to a company whose service or product is commercially available. Though the company’s revenues may look strong and show significant growth, the company may not be profitable....
You are a regional bank who is under heavier regulation, focused on risk management, and expanding your mobile offerings. You are seeking ways to get ahead of your competition through the use of Big Data by optimizing financial decisions and yields. What if there was an easy and autom...
My prediction for 2013 is that competitive advantage will translate into enterprises using sophisticated Big Data analytics to create a new breed of applications - Intelligent Applications. "It's more than just insights from MapReduce", a CIO from a fortune 100 told me, "It's about us...
I was talking to one of the prominent General Partners at a Venture Capital firm here in Silicon Valley over the holidays…discussing how the Cloud market is evolving. We both agreed that 2013 will mark yet another shift in the evolution of web applications. I personally simplified thi...
So what’s the fuss with “analytic applications”? Why will this transform the how applications are developed, and how does the cloud ecosystem get affected? Think three-tier web application evolving into a completely new framework which leverages real-time stream proce...
  Since 2000 (over a decade), I’ve spent time reflecting on how to improve my ability to create the best dynamic within my executive teams. And, to be honest, no matter how long I’ve been at this, I feel that building genuine teamwork in all organizations remains a cha...
There is an important dimension in the Big Data space….the dimension of time, that few really understand. I was walking with thought-leader and confidant, Rich Miller today. I have to give full credit to Rich for expanding the thinking on this “forth dimension of Big Data&#...
I was touring what reminded me of the Cheyenne Mountain nuclear bunker – one of the safest places on earth. Except in this case, this was one of the safest places for your enterprise data on earth. “The entrance will open, you will drive in, and an armed guard will be out to escort you...
Now that the chimps have welcomed me in, I’m quickly feeling the change begin. Not sure how to describe it, but instead of hanging out with the family on weekends, I have an urge to climb trees. It’s apparent that web and mobile applications are going to begin a transformat...
Is Big Data destined for only the top 3,000 companies worldwide? What about medium or small companies who are equally as data-driven? Is there a place for Big Data in SMB markets? When I talk to SMB companies about their use of public cloud services, it’s a no-brainer. Pay as you go, ...
Are there any Big Data “killer apps”? The quick answer is “No”. The Hadoop framework is being applied to many use-cases. Even though Hadoop has been in the public domain since Yahoo! began investing in scaling Hadoop from an interesting prototype back in 2005 to...
The best Big Graph problems will involve the following characteristics: Discovery-centric problems (little is known about the data ahead of time): This starts with “data discovery” which then leads to “knowledge discovery” and then “business discovery̶...
  When I think of managing “Big Data”, I frequently think back to the graphic above from The 451 Group. So many nuances associated with the exercise of storing lots of data, accessing the data, and processing it. The database management systems (DBMS) markets have begu...
I’ve been very intrigued by graphs and their potentially broad application leveraging Big Data and Big Analytics. I don’t mean the idea of mining your twitter feeds or Facebook friends. Don’t get me wrong. The idea of targeting your brand’s influencers in the &#...
Big Data True or False: It’s possible to create an exabyte RDBMS cluster? One of my first jobs out of college involved working with a handful of elite engineers tucked away far from corporate. My job….to advance what was known as the Ynet. The Ynet provided for communicatio...
When you talk to experts in the field of marketing, you’ll find that many will agree that companies are increasingly drawn to delivering a seamless user experience as their primary objective (note: ‘user‘ here typically means prospect customer). Individual sales of pr...
Reprinted from Sys-Con Media and Ulitzer.com. The Security community has a growing number of influential and important people, especially as the industry rises to meet the need to address more advanced security threats, such as targeted attacks. But how does a company in the security i...
The recent offerings from Apple, Google, Amazon, and now Microsoft have definitely helped popularise the concept of the cloud, but do consumers really understand what it means? Does it really matter? Only 40% of Americans understand cloud services such as Google Docs for documents, ac...
So as we talk about the level of adoption of “IaaS” and “PaaS”, I always have to segment the market first….in terms of both customer profile (Large Enterprise vs. SMB) AND delivery model (Private, Virtual Private, and Public). This discussion, of course, d...
It’s still much too early for any definitive insights around PaaS. PaaS as a technology is imminent, but has a long way before we can point to some great use-cases. Any vendor in the space could make a move  which places them in the lead position…it’s just too soon to...
I don’t know who’s the apple or the orange, but as I attend meetings with over 50 of my peers at a secret thought leadership summit, I can’t help but ponder the question of who’s going to make the biggest impact over the next 3 years – VMware or Citrix ...