Internet of Things – Kings and Servants (part 1: Kings)

Throughout history, there have been good leaders and bad leaders. There have been dictators, and there have been benevolent kings. Today we find almighty CEOs directing the fate of billions. They are the new Kings of our connected world.

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is a wave that will transform the world we know, will transform our lives, our jobs. New kings are appearing and old kings are defending their realms. Should we expect benevolence or evil of the kings of the IoT? Will they make our life better?

Wwhich are called to be the new Kings of our future connected world ?.

“The IoT Kings”

  • “The Most Influencers IoT Kings”

Apple and Samsung will dominate ‘Internet of Things’ influence. These two big tech players are trying to become the platform for how to connect together the growing list of devices with wireless technology inside of them–everything from your car to your home or your city.

  • “The IoT Cloud and Big Data Kings”

To support the billions of connected devices expected to arrive, it will be necessary to deploy thousands of servers per day. Cloud computing is the only way of addressing these staggering requirements. Connected products companies, IoT service providers, IoT platforms vendors, Device Vendors, Connectivity providers, all of them will require a backend service. Some maybe will choose to deploy their own cloud but most companies will outsource. And the big players or IoT Cloud and Big Data Kings such as AWS, Microsoft, Google, IBM, have already stated their intention to occupy that space.

  • “The IoT Chipmaker Kings”

The internet of things is great for chipmakers. A few days ago, Intel agreed to buy Altera for $16.7 billion as a clear indication that the Internet of Things (IoT) is taking shape. Intel helps connect things to the cloud, integrate with existing infrastructure, and securely manage data. The deal is the third big one in the highly fragmented chip industry this year. Avago Technologies agreed a week earlier week to buy Broadcom for $37 billion in the industry’s biggest-ever takeover. Other companies like Atmel, TI, or Freescale should make quick movements. Sensor hubs, microcontrollers and more IoT devices and gateways is a huge opportunity that’s right in their wheelhouse.

  • “The new IoT Kings on the Block”

Jasper CEO Jahangir Mohammed, realized his dream of create a platform that helped companies launch, manage and bill for services provided by their products.

PTC/ThingWorx CEO Jim Heppelmann, is leading the transformation of how smart, connected products are shifting competition in many industries, especially manufacturing.

Michael Simon LogmeIn/Xively CEO, is leading the way companies securely and robustly connect their products & users, manage IoT data at scale, and engage more closely with their customers, users & partners.

There are many more aspiring kings in this fragmented IoT market. From IoT Platform vendors, to embedded modules and gateways vendors, wearables vendors, etc, etc, etc. But this is another history.

  • “The IoT Visionaries Kings”

There are visionary Kings that are changing the focus from viewing the IOT primarily as a technology platform to viewing it as a business ecosystem. They are designing new ecosystem business models. The new paradigm that views all objects around us connected to the network, providing anyone with “anytime, anywhere” access to information will transform the way we live and work.

Tesla is the right company, in the right place, to change not only the autos we drive, but how we buy them and we maintain them.

Uber meets IoT. Uber is a company built around location awareness. As Tim O’Reilly said, “An Uber driver is an augmented taxi driver, with real-time location awareness. An Uber passenger is an augmented passenger, who knows when the cab will show up. Uber is about eliminating slack time and worry.”

Airbnb the sharing economy’s newest multibillion-dollar company, and Google have started connecting properties to the Internet of Things. As Lex Bayer, head of business development at Airbnb said, “The Airbnb community is passionate about environmental sustainability around the world”.

  • Would-be kings or kings dethroned

Probably I will receive critics from my friends at Cisco why I do not include Cisco as an IoT King in any category. The reason:  This week in the customer conference, Cisco Live, in San Diego, retiring Cisco CEO delivers dire prediction: 40% of companies in this room will be dead in 10 years. You will understand when you read the second part of this post in which I will talk about slaves of the IoT and how the painful transition that companies like Cisco underwent over the past three years, are culminated with a massive reorganization and fire outs, and as a consequence creating more servants.

For other reasons I have not included Enterprise Applications vendors like Oracle or SAP or Industrial giants like GE, Siemens, Bosch or Schneider. I believe these will be kings with a lot of power but IoT for them is just a buzzword that soon will be forgotten while the Industrial internet will last for years.

 

In the second part of this post, I will cover the other side of the equation: The Servants of Internet of Things.

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