Stayable, Wearable and Enterprise IT…

20 08 2014

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I’ve been talking about the concepts of stayable and wearable technology for the past week or so. Long before that I dived into a topic of “the screen-as-a-service.” The concept of devices as a service is the next level I suspect.

One of the realities of Bluetooth today is the sad fact that you are limited in the number of active connections. They continue to improve this with ever iteration. Some data streams stay away from Bluetooth as a protocol due to some of the upper transfer limits as well.

Still the world of iOiT is creeping closer every day. In fact right now it is in the Hype Cycle. Everyone (by everyone I mean technology companies) is gearing up with an iOT strategy. I suspect most technology companies are continuing to approach this from an enterprise reality. I think in the end they will miss the market from that approach.

Consumerization particular of IT makes a lot of people nervous. I can understand that – it means your job changes over time. It is however I suspect more the direction of the stayable and wearable markets.

The enterprise IT application of the personal presence device is to allow remote workers to interact with people in the hall. The consumer applications are many more and much broader. From remote people who need to have a chance to talk to someone in the hospital (or in hospice) that can’t travel to be there. Students who have injuries or illnesses that prevent them from being physically in school, still able to participate. Singing a goodnight song to your children from 12,000 miles away via a personal presence device. The market is massive in the consumer space.

That example only covers one of the wearable/stayable technology areas. There are so many more things that will be impacted. The ability to walk into a conference room and connect live from whatever device you are carrying to the projector or screen in the room. The ability to carry a small device with you that can plug into a larger device in the office. The larger device in the office may have an additional processor more memory and storage for people that require it. Audio, video or keyboard input devices for creating content and so on.

Frankly this is why I think the reality for enterprise IT is consumerization. It’s a good thing in the long run. The best way for IT to embrace this is to look at proactive opportunities. Explore beyond the horizon and see what may yet be.

It could be the best thing for IT ever.

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Scott Andersen

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continuing the iOiT saga…

19 08 2014

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Interesting email yesterday about how far the concept could go (his example was great but not g rated so I can’t post). Suffice to say in the future he was pointing out the connection of all the devices resulted in a easy life. Except that everyone could take a piece out of your checking account so maybe it won’t be so easy in the end.

I have long argued that eventually screens will be a service. Your screen to small to see what you need to see, simply connect to the nearest projection screen. Cube walls could have embedded large “rollable”screens. Cheap, easy and sadly the death of the whiteboard.

Side story – when I was a school teacher my class always knew it was going to be a long day when all three of my chalkboards were full. It meant I had started the am before school with an idea and had then modified it significantly. As an IT person I loved the whiteboard. Now that there are connected whiteboards it is even better. With the new large format smart boards coming down in price things are even better!

The reality of the iOiT is power consumption. One of the things that has to happen is a config change for wi-fi. The other is continued growth of the Bluetooth LE system (low energy). Wi-fi needs to change in the following way:

I select the networks I connect to. If there are none of those in range than only ping once every ten minutes. If I choose only connect to preferred networks then never ping.

Another side of the reality that is iOiT is of course the data you need and want. I am a huge fan of weather information so I love broadcasting my weather station. I also love astronomy but probably wouldn’t broadcast my astro images to the world.

In the Stayable world there are two distinct streams of data you will produce. Information for my consumption and information for public consumption. Breaking the stayables world into those two distinct streams is very important going forward. Less security needed for the general information. Certainly someone could hack the information but if it is from a source that overwrites the information every 1-5 minutes then the relevance of the hack is short lived.

General Consumption: Lower security, frequent writing of data automated where possible. The end point of the automation is not something that has value as a control object (a weather station for example)

Private Consumption: High security and mostly only pull data (when I request it) that is encrypted at rest.

more to come…

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The Internet of interconnected things (iOiT)…

18 08 2014

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The broader concept of the Stayable/wearable conversation is the broader Internet of things (iOT). The connection between you and the devices around you.

In the beginning of Bluetooth technology we called it a PAN (personal area network). We expanded that with the advent of cloud to the concept of a personal cloud. That is now evolving into the even broader concept of the Internet of things.

Refrigerators that are connected to the internet and as I pointed out yesterday home automation, home weather stations, home media services and anything you have in the various cloud services (Google Drive, Onedrive, Amazon). All comprise the growing concept of iOT. The world around you connected to you.

The value here is the connection. Information presented to you in an easily consumable format. I argued many years ago that screen real estate was going to become a huge issue going forward. There is a limited amount of screen on a watch or a smart phone. With a tablet you can expand considerably but still that watch screen is pretty small.

My major short term concern is the reality of disconnection. Today so much is done without actually being close enough to touch another person that the is a potential for disconnection. A dystopian view of the future is someone being shot in a public park with thousands of people there, but no one sees it because they are watching the event (in that park) on their cellular screens. The person who is shot ends up tweeting I’m shot, and people look around to see someone shot. Of course he or she is lying on the ground and no one sees him or her. So in the end they tweet again “lying near the pool of blood on the ground.”

Sadly it could become not the iOT but instead the IOTD. The Internet of things, disconnected. But for now the potential is only potential. It is not in the end the reality yet.

So back to my long held screen sizing argument. The nature of the gap between screens determines the critical type of information that is presented on specific screens. The smaller the screen the small the criticality of the message. For example on a watch you cannot present a 200 page document or for that matter a one page email. But you can send an SMS telling someone to look up as a piano is falling towards them. (hopefully they can look to the right (wrist) then up and jump all in one smooth action).

Cloud Service Providers talk a lot about the reality of seasonality. Beyond seasonality is the interesting concept of duration criticality (how critical is the information and how critical is the process around the information). Beyond duration criticality (which is a process for determining the value of applying additional computing power to a problem) is the screen criticality.

  • How critical is the information.
  • What screen is the user currently connected.
  • What is the duration of the information (i.e. how fast do we need to person to get the information).

The current thinking is that the iOT is coming. The next thing? the iOiT. Not just an Internet of things around you. But an Internet of interconnected things that are balanced against the information you need, the screen you are currently using and the criticality of the information.

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My stayables and wearables are talking…

17 08 2014

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Building on the concept of yesterday Stayables and Wearables. Today I would like to expand the concept of Stayable technology  a little.

First of all the “able” concept is to improve the quality of information and hopefully of your life. It is an extension not only of the information you can gather but also of the information you do gather.

Stayable Device

Information provided

NetATMO

A network connected device that shares the weather at your house. In their new world view you can see all the regional and remote stations weather reports as well.

Home Automation

Allows you to control your home remotely (temperature, lights, garage doors, security system etc.)

Remote Video

You can see what is going on inside and outside your home remotely.

Personal presence device

You can be home in your PJ’s but at work they still see your face (or you can be in Singapore and still read your kids a bed time story and they can still see you)

Remote doorbell

someone rings your doorbell and you can still talk to them – no matter where you are. You can also see who it is at the door.

Remote television

Watch your TV, DVR and other media anywhere you are.

The reality of stayables as a market is interesting. The last one listed was actually the first you could easily set-up (using the old Sling Player system). The rest are newer or in the case of Home Automation in the old days cost a lot of money. Today these systems are coming down in price.

You can in effect return to the pre-industrial revolution reality of having your own power plant as well now. Where your house has a solar or solar and home generator combination. You create your own power at your house rather than consume power provided by a power company. The ultimate stayable technology is the ability to have your home on-line all the time Smile.

The thing about stayable technology is that when combined with wearable technology the door is open not only for people to interact with their personal environment but to get out and interact with the rest of the world. You can check in any time you like. The cool thing is unlike the hotel California – you can leave anytime you like as well. Walking out of your house for vacation and while driving away turn your thermostat up to 85 degrees (or down to 50 in the winter). Then as you head home after your vacation bring the temperature to where you feel comfortable. You don’t have to walk into a cold (or hot) home anymore. Everything can be managed remotely.

My stayables and wearable’s all talk. I hope in the end they aren’t talking about me.

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Wearable’s, Stayables and technology…

16 08 2014

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As promised I launched my new ethics blog on the IASA hosted blog below:

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An awesome post on Cloudtweaks this week about wearable’s. I spent a lot of time examining the infographic of this article.

The concept of wearable technology intrigues me. Not that it is additional stuff to carry but more what you can do with wearable technology.

Extend your phone: There are a number of devices now that allow you to create a broader extension to your cellular phone. including devices focused on increasing your activity tracking (Pebble, Kreyos, Samsung watches and the FITBIT, other exercise trackers). They can both interact with your phone or independently and then report back to the phone.

There are also keychain and other wearable devices like aid in your collection of data and interaction with the world. Of course we’ve all seen the GPS trackers for busy parking lots. (where is my car). Or the newer Bluetooth tags that let you find specific objects (where are my keys)?

Its interesting as this market expands that in the end there is the concept of wearable’s and stayables are expanding rapidly. Jibo a remote access robot that can interact with other people as well as the Padbot a 300 dollar personal presence device are interesting in that they let you be two places at once. Other systems allow you to peek at what is going on inside and outside your house from your mobile device.

The stayable concept continues to expand. (Stayable: A device that connects to your home/home network and also your remote device. You can find out your current weather, see inside your house, check and change the temperature and so on)

The wearable concept is well established. The cell phone is now a component of fashion. As the two continue to expand what you can see it remains an intriguing reality. I can’t wait for the first POV from a wearable device. A day in the life of a smart watch video.

My deepest fear now – what happens when my smart device tells me I cannot do what I want to do?

I was looking for my keys yesterday. I asked my smartphone to ring the Bluetooth dongle so I could find them. The smart phone said no, I want to stay home today.

So I stayed home…

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Application inventory and the demons you will find…

15 08 2014

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What demons lie waiting in the deployed solutions of your organization?  I’ve been thinking a lot about application transition and portfolio management. There are a number of solutions available now that help in the space.

Tools that access your environment automatically and prepare you for migration. They tell you if your application meets specific criteria to be moved to the cloud.

The problem is that most of the “net” new functionality of the cloud isn’t baked into those older applications. From mobile to bursting they can’t take advantage natively or right away. They have to be reworked.

So you move down the migration stack to the portfolio management stack. Taking a less technical approach and adding a broader business view of your applications. This can be cross indexed with the long term plan of your organizational architecture team to produce a more logical view of the application portfolio.

You also can add in some financial data like how much in a year does that application actually cost. You can begin evaluating the application against performance metrics. We need 5 servers to run this application 22 days a month and 22 servers the remaining 6-9 days of any month. (that by the way screams Cloud Application). We can evaluate the broad brush strokes of seasonality. I recently posted a blog on seasonality on my Safegov blog so I won’t repost that argument today but beyond seasonality is the criticality of the applications duration. That one is coming on CloudTweaks this week – the reality of duration criticality and applications.

Years ago I used to work with customers who were heavily twisted into the buy vs. build argument. That argument still exists in the cloud it just moves to SaaS versus IaaS. Yes, IaaS in the sense that if you host your own applications in the cloud you will use someone’s infrastructure (including your own private cloud solution) or you can buy the solution from a cloud vendor as a SaaS offering. If you know the pure cost of your portfolio, mapped to the long term direction of the organization these conversations become easier.

APM or application portfolio management endeavors can be expensive. They are like reworking your entire organization from traditional to SOA solutions. In the end it is as much a diligence as it is a project.

Without doing the portfolio project you can still move closer to cloud solutions. It’s a little less structured but may be a little easier to move on in the short run. The first step is an application inventory. I’ve done these with many customers. While the APM project may be expensive like SOA projects, the inventory project can be done fairly cheaply. The impact of an inventory project is huge however. You may find out things you didn’t want to know.

You see that’s the demon. Its not what you have deployed and you use. Its what is deployed and connects things together. Its what is deployed that has been running forever and no one knows who built it. Its all the little things in your infrastructure that in the end will grab you.

more to come….

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Ethics and (of) Software Architects….

14 08 2014

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One of my favorite IT sayings (why drives what and how) came up yesterday in a conversation. The person in question asked me why I thought why drove what and how. I found myself back in a classroom in Chevy Chase Maryland in 1998.

  • Why is the motivation for doing something.
  • What is the thing we are doing.
  • How is what we do to get it done.

Without Why neither What or How can drive something to completion.

The first comment from the person in the question was “wow you’ve practiced that.” The second comment was “I get it now.” Yes I have practiced that. Its right up there with “Do the right things and the Money will follow.”

As stated earlier this week I will be diving deeper into the why of software architects this weekend with the launch of my new blog series on the Ethics of Software Architects.

The reason for the advertising a little is to drive readers but also I am floating through my process of creating formal content. I like to throw out parts of what I am putting together to gage interest.

Right now as I consider the what and how of ethics overall I am a little concerned. Today the country I call home is a very litigious country. While no one has sued a software architect yet for architectural failure it could happen. If it does happen it would most likely happen in the US.

The other side and the other reason why I am embarking on this is that I am intrigued by the concept and application of ethics. Years ago I was a huge fan (my grandfather introduced me to the world of Candid Camera) of the TV show Candid Camera. One of their tricks was the 20 dollar bill on a string. Watching someone trying to catch that 20 without giving away to other people that they were chasing it was hilarious. It got me thinking, would I turn in money that I found?

Interesting answer – the boys and I found money the other day while walking. We tried to turn that money in to two different stores. Neither would take it. We ended up donating the money to Montgomery Hospice Kids. Why? Because we couldn’t keep it and it had to go somewhere we couldn’t give it back either.

Coming this weekend – ethics and software architects.

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