Posts Tagged With: IoT

Why automate when you can digitize?

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Business process automation, workflow automation, and all other types of automation have been defined and deployed for many years. Key value proposition is always hinged around productivity gains, simplifying process, eliminating human error, improving collaboration and reducing cost and expediting the time to market. Digital methods of storing and retrieving data have lent themselves well to many industries including media, computing, and many other service oriented economies. Processes currently done manually become efficient and cost-effective when automated, thus allowing knowledge workers to focus on innovation. Automation goals are largely focused on saving time and money.

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Digitization is about doing different things and connecting people, process and technology in a different way, thus creating new business models and creating transformation. Because we are already in much automated world, we are able to create this digital transformation. Deep insights generated by analytics applied to big data generated from various sources creates opportunities to constantly analyze, monitor and improve any business process. Such digital transformation can create insights to create an inclusive workforce environment that includes perspectives and ideas from everyone while augmenting the decision making process with ubiquitous analytics. As mentioned in book Digital Vortex, combinatorial disruptors are all around us. Just as the lines between software and hardware is blurring when you drive a car enabled massively by the latest technology- Tesla, we are on the cusp of the retail industry, fitness industry blending with technology, like UnderArmour, Nike and Apple, amongst others.

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This digital disruption is not automation, but truly a transformation of how we can drive, workout, modify food intake, monitor health, connect with loved ones, etc.

We live in exciting times, with many opportunities. Disrupt or be disrupted.. tick-tock, tick-tock………

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Security concerns in IOE

IoE is here, whether you see it or not, you are a part of it. As many of our most critical data streams and business processes will be enabled, security will play an even more important role than ever before. Security vulnerabilities in the Retail and Media industry have made several headlines over the last year in 2014. And as we speak, several mission-critical industrial control systems of automation, energy and manufacturing operations are going online. It is prescient to expect malicious hackers to find their way into unauthorized access to configuration settings and sensitive information.

In the healthcare industry, which already wrought with severe litigations and privacy infringements, computer systems can be vulnerable to cybersecurity breaches. As medical devices are increasingly interconnected, via the Internet, hospital networks, other medical device, and smartphones, there is an increased risk of cybersecurity breaches, which could affect how a medical device operates endangering life and recovery of their patients.

Working smarter with cloud security can utilize the unique capabilities to help IT professionals overcome the added complexity and resource constraints.

It has been predicted that the number of Internet-connected devices are going to reach 50 billion by 2020. IoE is essentially where peopleprocessesdata, and things converge. While it unlocks new possibilities for sharing and connectivity, those who benefit from IoE could also be open to attacks against it. The Shodan search engine, a massive index of currently Internet-connected smart devices, reveals just how big a threat this default password problem is.

Get smart, get secure and most of all, be aware of your smart devices, and your information and credentials.

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