A weak foundation makes for a poor building — and the same can be said for security solutions in the Internet of Things landscape. Unless engineers design with security in mind, IoT systems will not be able to build the toughest, strongest systems available

As IT consultants and integrators transition toward becoming strategic service providers (SSPs) for their customers, the importance of cloud computing is becoming increasingly evident. Still, some businesses are struggling to embrace cloud computing, unwilling to go from have data stored off-premise, rather than down the hall, or "on-prem."

The Internet of things market is growing by leaps and bounds, providing excellent revenue opportunity for strategic solution providers -- an opportunity that stretches far out from the first sale, and incorporates a total solution that spreads out among dozens, if not hundreds, of connected devices.

Last night, I was scrolling through my LinkedIn feed and came across a VDC survey report on embedded engineers that said, “A substantial portion of engineers do not see upside revenue potential from the IoT over the long run.” Yikes! To wit, or lack thereof, my response was, “Designers at the bench see through the IoT hype, true, but that's mostly because the benefits and upside to IoT don't accrue to them, it accrues to the owners of the data.”

Everyone dreams of what his or her new car should look like. Today, many auto blogs alert enthusiasts of configurators of favorite vehicles are available. Fans play with the exterior and interiors options of their fantasy wheels. But one marque has introduced a new level of customizations, one that really involves the customer to make the sales experience so much richer.

The research firm IHS Automotive expects that, in 2022, nearly 98% of all cars sold around the world will be connected to the Internet. That represents an enormous opportunity for IT vendors and their channel partners.


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