Are Your Networks Ready for the IoT?

Are Your Networks Ready for the IoT?

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Data traffic has increased roughly 60 percent annually over the past two decades, according to one estimate. But that’s nothing compared to the Internet of Things, a network of billions of "chatty machines" that will soon produce vast amounts of additional data. How prepared is your organization to handle the traffic expected from all your smart machines and sensors?

In this O’Reilly report, Mike Barlow interviews several industry experts about the challenges and opportunities that businesses, organizations, and individuals in every sector of the economy will face in the next few years. Barlow explores options that include edge computing (running analytics at or near devices and machines), upgrading last-mile network links, working with software-defined networks (SDNs), and looking at solutions from the emerging smart city movement.

If your organization is involved with the nascent IoT or its larger cousin, the Industrial Internet, this is one report you can’t afford to ignore.

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Mike Barlow

Mike Barlow is an award-winning journalist, author and communications strategy consultant. Since launching his own firm, Cumulus Partners, he has represented major organizations in numerous industries.

Mike is coauthor of The Executive's Guide to Enterprise Social Media Strategy (Wiley, 2011) and Partnering with the CIO: The Future of IT Sales Seen Through the Eyes of Key Decision Makers (Wiley, 2007).

He is also the writer of many articles, reports, and white papers on marketing strategy, marketing automation, customer intelligence, business performance management, collaborative social networking, cloud computing, and big data analytics.

Over the course of a long career, Mike was a reporter and editor at several respected suburban daily newspapers, including The Journal News and the Stamford Advocate. His feature stories and columns appeared regularly in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Newsday and other major U.S. dailies.