The Future of IoT is written for executives and senior managers of both enterprise organizations and technology companies alike to better understand the progression of the Internet of Things; how and why the data from these systems is becoming the most important element of the equation, how to best leverage the data, and the opportunities that lie ahead for those who get it right. It guides the reader through how IoT has evolved from simple closed-loop alerting systems to ecosystems where the carefully orchestrated artifacts of the mountains of IoT data can drive insight and action previously unattainable. For leaders in any organization impacted by the Internet of Things, which is virtually any organization on Earth, this book provides clear insight into how to bolster their effectiveness and likely, their career and personal gratification. The book looks at the underpinnings of the technology world leading up to the Internet of Things, including advances in computing, storage, communications, and sensor technology, as well as the emergence of big data. It then examines certain considerations and impediments to IoT. The central thesis, developed fully in part three, looks at the importance of architecture and data primacy as a key element in leveraging the utility value of IoT data. Last, part four looks at some of the opportunities ahead for those who act to capitalize on these ideas. We worked together to write this book because we really believe that the Internet of Things, if leveraged effectively, not only will impact the bottom line of countless companies, but that it will truly change life on earth as we know it, both for those seeking economic advantages, and for those who, knowingly or not, will simply be able to live life better because of the Internet of Things.
Don DeLoach is an entrepreneur, author, and board member, and a leading industry evangelist for the Internet of Things. Don was the primary driver of the Midwest IoT Council, where he currently serves as co-chairman. He has been on the Board of the Illinois Technology Association for over 10 years. Over the past 18 years, Don has served as President and CEO of three venture backed technology companies including Youcentric (acquired by JD Edwards), Aleri (acquired by Sybase) and Infobright (acquired by Ignite Technologies). He also served as an outsider director for Broadbeam (venture backed mobile analytics) and was Chairman of the Board of Apropos, a call center software company from 2003 until its sale to Enghouse in early 2006. Prior to becoming a CEO, Don held various management and executive positons with Sybase, Hitachi, and Bull Information Systems. Don is a frequent author and speaker about technology, especially the Internet of Things and is a contributing editor to several publications. Heis an Industrial Engineering graduate of Ga. Tech, an enthusiastic cyclist, and lives in the Chicago area with his wife and the youngest of their seven children.