Hunter Phillips | April 27, 2016

Debunking the Traditional Integration Challenges of Smart Buildings

Interoperability has emerged as one of the greatest obstacles inhibiting the growth of connected smart buildings today. This may come as no surprise considering the vast number of device types and vendors catering to the multitude of disparate systems that make up a truly integrated “Smart Building” environment.

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Hunter Phillips | March 31, 2016

MachineShop CEO, Michael Campbell Talks Edge Intelligence at Upcoming Boston IoT Meetup

This Monday, April 4th, 2016, MachineShop CEO, Michael Campbell will be speaking on a panel of industry leaders at the Boston/New England Internet of Things Meetup at the MathWorks headquarters in Natick, MA. The topic for this event is “Beyond Connectivity: Security, Analytics & More At The Edge,” and as such, will be focused on the capabilities and precautions of IoT at the edge of the network - the device level from where the zettabytes of IoT data is initially generated and ingested.

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Hunter Phillips | March 18, 2016

Industry News Roundup - 3/18/16

IoT Dominates CeBIT Tech Show
Telecoms.com, 3/16/16 - German tech show CeBIT has been hijacked by the nascent IoT industry as Huawei, ZTE, and SAP all used the event to make announcements...

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Michael Campbell | February 29, 2016

Shout Out to Jasper Wireless (and Cisco)

It was hard to resist the urge to blog the day the Jasper-Cisco deal was announced. I sat back and watched as the pundits waxed on about why the deal happened, what this brings to Cisco and why Jasper sold the company rather than going public. I’ve known the company and the people there for a long time and had the pleasure of a couple beers in Barcelona with two of the earliest employees at Jasper that I call friends.

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Michael Campbell | February 29, 2016

IoT was Ubiquitous at Mobile World Congress but Organizers Struggle with this Megatrend

Last week I tweeted that 90% of the booths at Mobile World Congress (MWC) were promoting something IoT-related. The small minority that weren’t marketing IoT were peddling coffee, beer or paella.

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Hunter Phillips | January 14, 2016

Recent ABI Research Report Validates Key Pillar of MachineShop’s Strategy

“Hardware is hard” is a key pronouncement from the recent ABI Research report citing the evolution of hardware development kits in the IoT Value Chain. There is a blurring of the lines between hardware and software providers as the market embraces the need for more simplicity and the importance of value added services. These value added services will also become a key source of revenue and differentiation to hardware vendors. 

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Kelly Potter | January 11, 2016

How will IoT affect your business?

What is the Internet of things?

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Hunter Phillips | January 08, 2016

Industry News Roundup - January 8, 2016

Enterprise IoT Gets New Products, Services at CES 2016
eWeek, 1/6/16 - With 28 billion connected devices predicted to be online by the year 2021, the IoT revolution will require a massive number of connections to be managed...

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Hunter Phillips | November 13, 2015

Industry News Roundup - November 13, 2015

Mining Industry CIOs want to dig deeper into IT/OT integration challenges
IT World Canada, 11/12/15 - Innovation is challenging in any industry, but for CIOs in the mining sector the way forward is clear: if they want to reap the benefit of the Internet of Things or big data, they have to play a stronger role in integrating traditional IT with operational technology...

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Hunter Phillips | October 30, 2015

Providing IoT Value from the Edge to the Cloud

Earlier this month, Amazon Web Services announced its new Internet of Things platform, AWS IoT. Unsurprisingly, the platform’s architecture is cloud-centric - built on the premise that ingestion, management and processing of IoT data can be done in their market-dominating cloud offering.

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Hunter Phillips | July 02, 2015

Data Optimization & Integration

Our friends at the Thought Leadership League recently conducted a survey to examine ways organizations can improve their access to meaningful data. Not surprisingly, their findings indicated a strong demand among organizations to enhance access to real-time data as a way to improve their core day-to-day operations.  

 

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Michael Campbell | June 05, 2015

Cisco, Intel, MachineShop and the API-fication of IoT (and IoE)

When people ask what we do at MachineShop, I give any number of answers depending on who is asking the question. Lately, I’ve been using the phrase, “API-fication of IoT.” Translated, that simply means we convert the ugly, proprietary interfaces of connected devices into REST APIs. It’s only part of what we do, but it’s both magic and pretty darn fun.

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Michael Campbell | May 28, 2015

The Fabric of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Everything needs a fabric to weave together the many silos of data that we are creating with all this Internet connectivity. This is the key point, or at least my key takeaway, of a recent article published by Sam Lucero, Senior Principal Analyst at IHS Technology. Sam has been covering M2M, IoT and IoE for a long time and has seen the evolution of this market over the years. Frankly, most of the report goes on to talk about actual network connectivity and speaks to the ‘fabric’ issue in that context, but I’m going to give him a gold star for a brilliant metaphor nonetheless.

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John Cox | April 24, 2015

Bi-directional Device and Data Source Management

In a previous post about MachineShop's IoT ingestion service, we discussed the value of centralized translation from proprietary protocols into JSON to enable universal inspection of messages for rules and application enablement. In this installment, we explore outbound communication to devices and data sources - things like command and configuration.

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John Cox | April 22, 2015

Understanding IoT Data

What if I wrote this entire message in some esoteric language that you didn’t understand?  You would be able to see the words and understand that it came as an email or was in a blog post. You would be able to forward the message to somebody else. You could even store it somewhere and retrieve it later if somebody asked you. But would you intrinsically know how to respond to the contents? Would you know how to query what’s in it? Would you have any idea why you received the message?

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Greg Jones | April 07, 2015

Microservices

From its inception, the MachineShop platform has eschewed monolithic architecture in favor of independent modules that work in concert. We’ve evolved our underlying frameworks over time to embrace more and more parallel processing. This evolution has in turn enabled even more decoupling of processes using a common “bus” of sorts for inter-process communications. And thus, a microservices approach was born.

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Michael Campbell | March 09, 2015

Why Does IoT Really Matter?

8315478740_24a5cf5d69_zMany think MachineShop is building a hugely valuable business around the red-hot IoT phenomenon. They are partially correct.

The fact is that utilities, telcos, hospitals, manufacturers, hospitality, transportation, defense, agriculture and many more markets have been ‘doing IoT’ for a long time. 

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Tags: Middleware, IoT, API, IT/OT

Ken Lynch | February 18, 2015

MachineShop and Women Who Code

Women Who Code…what a fantastic idea for an event and we can confirm that it is, in fact, very cool. What exactly is this? A network dedicated to connecting women in the tech world and empowering them with the skills to advance in a typically male dominated field.  Women Who Code reach has extended across 20,000 women developers and 15 countries!

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Tags: IoT, Events

Ken Lynch | December 02, 2014

Not all IoT Middleware is Alike

totalLast month, ABI Research issued a new report "IoT Middleware: Application Enablement Platforms and Services,” and not surprisingly, the report indicates that IoT middleware platforms have gained momentum in 2014 and are considered a critical element in IoT solution enablement.

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Tags: Middleware, IoT, API

Ken Lynch | October 30, 2014

MachineShop Announces Support for MQTT Open Protocol

Standards for linking both enterprise and consumer connected devices and systems continue to be an area of concern for developers. And while there may never be one single set of “rules” for developer’s use, OASIS -- the organization behind the MQTT Protocol –is working to make it easier for developers to code with the standards available today.

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Ken Lynch | October 14, 2014

Fall is Conference Season With IoT Being the Pervasive Theme

Fall is upon us -- a great season of crisp days, cool nights, bold colors --and while the temperatures might be dropping, the conference season is heating up with the Internet of Things (IoT) being a major theme.

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Ken Lynch | September 24, 2014

Denver Startup Week was Awesome!

By Greg Jones, CTO at MachineShop

Last Thursday, MachineShop presented a session to the crowd attending Denver Startup Week. For those not familiar with the event, Denver Startup Week is a six-day celebration of “everything entrepreneurial in Denver”. As promoted by the organizers, the event b

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Ken Lynch | September 11, 2014

Q: When is a Platform not a platform? A: When it’s a ‘Services as a Platform’

By Michael Campbell, CEO, MachineShop


Q: When is a Platform not a platform?
A: When it’s a ‘Services as a Platform’


It sounds like semantics but the question gets to the heart of both the technology and business models that will be driven by the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the API Economy. The question was thoughtfully explored by James Urquhart in his GigaOm post Enough PaaS vs. IaaS: The cloud is really about Services as a Platform.


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Ken Lynch | September 02, 2014

IoT Tops Gartner’s 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies

IoT Tops Gartner’s 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. This annual report provides strategists and planners with an assessment of the maturity, business benefit and future direction of more that 2,000 technologies. This year’s report focuses on Digital Business and highlights the areas Gartner thinks “have potential for significant impact.”

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Ken Lynch | July 14, 2014

Creating Value Through Partnerships

Meaningful partnerships can be the foundation of a successful business. Partnerships are what enable many companies to innovate at a rapid pace and deliver value to a broader set of customers and markets. Any marketer, product manager or business line o

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Ken Lynch | June 27, 2014

Industrial Internet Consortium Update

By Greg Jones, CTO at MachineShop

Attending the first official meeting of the Industrial Internet Consortium, there was tremendous excitement about the potential of this group of industry leaders to help shape the future of technology surrounding the huge opportunity of the IoT. Starting with the announcements that the organization has now grown to over 50 members from the initial 5 (AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel). MachineShop was one of the first to recognize the power of this organization when joining in April.

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Ken Lynch | June 17, 2014

Building a Smarter Grid with a Services-Based Solution Architecture

The Internet of Things expected to grow to 50 billion devices by 2050 and the electric utilities industry is one of the strongest examples of the reality and power of connecting devices and intelligent systems.

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Ken Lynch | March 19, 2014

The Internet of Services - Part 2

By Michael Campbell, CEO, MachineShop

 

Trillions.

 

Tens of billions of connected systems, things, ecosystems. So what?

 

Trillions.

 

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Ken Lynch | March 15, 2014

The Internet of Services – Part 1

By Michael Campbell, CEO, MachineShop
 
On the horizon I see billions of physical things all connected to some network and ultimately to the Internet. The Internet of Things, as we call it today, is one of the most exciting, transformative opportunities for enterprises, consumers and even public institutions since the Internet itself.

 

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Ken Lynch | March 15, 2014

Why can’t I talk to my “things”?

By Greg Jones, CTO MachineShop

 

On PI day (3/14), I was working with my Raspberry PI to see how many of the systems and devices that I could potentially display and control using a simple web application. I am in the middle of construction of a new home and being the technologist that I am, I have purchased all types of new “things” to see how they might fit with my new environment.
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