Cloud & IoT - Challenges of integration of big data and IoT using cloud as an enabler
My Paper talks, in high level, about how Megatrends along with IoT are shaping the way people and companies interact with "things", using technology to communicate and to generate new opportunities. Since it is an overview is recommended to all types of audiences.
From Consumer to Industrial IoT. How Megatrends are shaping our society. We are currently living a very intense and ever changing period in the tech industry. In the past changing did not happen so fast, we had transitions or evolutions, from Mainframes to Mini computers to PC´s, from desktops to mobile devices, changes usually took a few years to consolidate. Today instead we have to deal with at least five major waves or Tsunamis. Cloud, Big Data, Social and Mobile are changing the way we do business, we communicate, drive, walk, talk, train, etc. Those changes are shaping the new millennium generation, they don´t know what is like to be disconnected, most of them type more than talk, this are not just technology changes, these trends are changing our life style our society. In addition to that, IoT (Internet of things) a terminology, which was forged few years ago to represent, in simple terms, the hyper-connectivity or uber-connectivity of today´s world, means that basically every device we use today is or can be connected to the Internet, generating Data for us to use or for someone else take advantage of, is growing extremely fast.
From Consumer side, we can mention a few examples. Sports Gear! Today your running watches, your fitbit, your heath apps are all connected and generating data. Most of this technology, once available only for professional athletes, is now massively available to whoever wants to track performance and health. With that type of data in hands, doctor can run diagnosis, not only when you do you yearly checkup, but real time, or when they need to have access to it. Your health data is now available in the cloud. In our houses, cameras, thermostats, sensors are sending out data all day long. Our cars can be monitored from our Smart Phones. Industry is also taken advantage of this revolution, automation and sensors are more present than ever in manufacturing, ensuring the quality of products that are ship to customers, improving product lines, ensuring safety, among others things. Sensors in airplanes turbines generate data, for maintenance purpose, can now help airline companies reducing fuel costs and improving safety. Connected cars can be fixed without a long and very inefficient recall procedure, just by being connected to the internet. Insurance companies are now using GPS data to calculate the risk of a driver and give him a better price based upon drive patterns and routes. Such complex scenarios, create the need of a common Platform, or as some experts are naming an IoT PaaS or (Internet of things Platform as a Service). Backend services and Optmized infrastructures have become key elements for a successful IoT solution, one common and most likely open platform, where data can be uploaded, analyzed and transformed into real useful information. A Platform as A Service infrastructure is one of the key pillars to implement an IoT Strategy. Rapid Software Development, Scalability, Manageability, Speed to respond to market needs are essential elements that will determine success or failure. Another Pilar is Analytics,how to use Big Data to mining valuable information from private Data Lake or maybe Shared/Public data lakes, such as government public info. In summary, we still have a long way to have a common framework to integrate different types of IoT data, however the demand is presented and conversations have begun. Soon our world will be more connected and productive, thanks to the universal access to information provided by Cloud Technologies.