I read a great news post about infrastructure and the Internet of Things. One of the pieces that underlies the concepts behind the broader NGO City Broker is the ability for that system to provide an IoT broker. What is an IoT Broker? Well first off the broker would offer IoT devices at a lower cost point. Additionally, the broker can provide standard shared services that reduce the cost considerably. For example, if you need external security and your organization is near another organization that has a video feed, you can potentially get the other organizations already established video feed. The shared cost for both companies or organizations would be less than the traditional one off costs. The NGO City Broker model carried one step further could offer incubation or small business parks that included a number of IT and computer services, as well as a number of IoT devices pre deployed for the small or innovative company to consume.
It is all dependent on the ITSM concept of a service catalog. Not the traditional catalog as discussed in ITIL documentation, a slightly modified catalog. One that would offer cloud solutions, regardless of CSP, would offer security services, physical hardware, office equipment and office supplies. A one stop shop that would include an integrated advertising model. In joining the NGO City Broker the startup would have access to this catalog. Once they set-up and register, they are immediately advertising. Large, small and new companies would all when starting in the Service Catalog find out about the services offered by new organizations that joined the NGO City Broker.
This quick advertising eco-system allows smaller companies to get up and running quickly with basically free advertising. The NGO City Marketplace (the service catalog) then would allow the small or struggling startup to actually consider options. Do I need a color laser or do I need to print 100 sheets on a color laser? That conversation allows the small company to evaluate costs and rent from other members of the NGO City Marketplace rather than acquiring new hardware.
I remember the great bubble bursting in 2000, when hardware purchased for 100,000 dollars or more suddenly was on the market at 10,000 dollars only slightly used. The. dotcom bubble bursting impacted a number of traditional hardware and software companies for several years after the fall. Avoiding that problem is a good way to better leverage the shared services model that can be offered as a part of a NGO City Marketplace.
Shared Services can also be lower cost for organizations. Where buying 3 pencils results in the three pencils costing 33 cents each, if you are part of a group buying 2,000,000 pencils the cost per pencil drops radically. The NGO City Marketplace would add a small fee (someone has to take the large boxes with millions of pencils and give you your allotted 3). Larger companies can offset the cost of their technology projects by offering shared common services. The NGO IoT Broker and the NGO Cloud Broker can also offer a variety of shared services. All professions will reduce their rates if they have a guaranteed number of billing hours.
Ultimately the NGO IoT Broker, a component of the NGO City Broker with both offered with the NGO City Marketplace offer a number of cost savings and a number of ways small companies can get up and running quickly. The NGO City Marketplace can even offer standard office setups. Where you log in, set-up and then move into your new office space with a reference hardware and software architecture already deployed. Everything from voicemail to fax numbers can be quickly electronically created for incoming organizations.
The NGO City Marketplace would represent an ITSM Service catalog. The catalog would offer cloud, IoT, IT Services, Security services, hardware, software, office hardware, office supplies and of course an actual office. All of these things can be ordered via the Marketplace, including cellular phones and other resources. Small business can get started, get rolling and get advertised in the NGO City Marketplace. All of this managed by the city. The NGO, would provide services that the city offers for small businesses.
More to come…