who is the smartest person in the room? The one that can find information fastest!

The future of cell phones. Well it’s a merger of CPS (Cyber Physical Systems) and the cell phone. NOTIFICATIONS. Let me tell you what is going on, right now. So the initial questions is push or pull. I remember the RSS arguments of many years ago. We argued the importance of pushing information and the importance of information you pulled.

As you consider your home private cloud (or more critically your home automation of your home private cloud) you need to consider what devices can push information directly to your smart watch or smart phone. Then what devices you will connect to and pull the information from.


The easy answer is everything produced that is in the upper left corner of this image is critical information therefore it is information that should be pushed to your device. Think of it as in this order: critical is the tornado is directly overhead, important is the tornado has touched down and is heading towards you, relevant information is a tornado watch and archived information is the last 20 storms like this produced tornadoes. Only the first two should be on your device. The other two are things you pull less critically.

As an enterprise you can also organize your data in a similar fashion. In my book The Syncverse I talk a lot about the creation of data and the movement of data on devices. Enterprise data has many more than two categories but it can be broken into the four categories of criticality above. There is enterprise data that has to be today’s information. That becomes open, check for new version, present to user information.

Now is when the network connection comes to roost. What do you do when someone opens a mission critical document that you can’t update because they are in a place with no signal? What happens then? Perhaps on the left the universal symbol for you are operating off of cached data not the most current information. That creates a new category of information where we interact with the user to let them know they are operating off the grid and therefore their information is out of date.

This isn’t even wandering new the broader topic of data analytics. That would occur long before information was pushed to the device. Nor does it touch the topic covered in the Syncverse about Just in Time data. In the JIT data model, the system when the user is connected full bandwidth coordinates their calendar (appointments) and expected/required information. That is then loaded into the space the user can get to. All of this is covered in much more detail in The Syncverse.

I’ve talked before about the passive (pull) voice of CPS devices and the active voice (push). The problem with CPS active push devices is the reality that I was trying to solve three years ago with The Syncverse. Get to a place where the information is already on the device. JIT becoming the third wheel in the CPS data model. Where you push, pull and JIT (already there). JIT requires not just integration with the CPS devices but also the smart device you carry and the enterprise systems you interact with. Again just to be clear this is not a data analytics model, this is more of a knowledge system.

I worked with a wise man once who always said “its ok to say I don’t know. But I know where to go to find out.” Push, Pull information from your home automation system should be like that. What’s the temperature in your basement – I don’t know but I can find out. Is someone in your house that you didn’t authorize? That should already be on your cellular device. The option to interact with that message and call the police should be automatic!


Author “The Syncverse.”