Trust me, I’m a doctor.

In professional development, it’s all about trust. Can you trust that the leaders of your seminars are really the right people to guide your continuing education and the strategy for your company?

Well, since anyone can lie about quantity and quality of experience, one positive way to vet an instructor is to look to their educations. At least, that’s how we feel when we’re building the faculty for the IoT Evolution Expo, coming up July 11 to 14 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. That’s why we go out of our way to invite industry folks who pair years of experience with doctorates in technology and engineering to join our speaker’s bureau and impart their knowledge on to you. Here are some of our luminaries for the upcoming conference:

Keynote Session: Disruption Means Jobs! The Impact of IoT for Operations, Marketing and IT
Speaker: Dr. Sudha Jamthe, IoT Professor at Stanford University
Description: IOT is disrupting our world with wearables, connected cars, connected home, connected cities and industrial IOT. IoT empowers you with the opportunities, gap, and areas of job growth in the rapidly expanding world of IOT. New products, new company, new use cases for existing products turning into services are all possible. Learn what lies ahead.

Roundtable Session: Remote Monitoring and Management
Speakers: Dr. Richard Scott, Ontegrity
Stacy Cannady, Trusted Computing Group
Ken Connor, Kore Telematics
Sam Lucero (Moderator), IHS Technology
Description: Controlling devices remotely is often talked about without discussing security. However maintaining access to systems creates opportunities for management policies to be enacted and enforced. This panel discusses how remote monitoring and management systems impact security solutions.

Sessions: Introduction to IoT Analytics — Historical and Real-time Descriptive and Diagnostic Analytics; and Advanced IoT Analytics — Predictive, Prescriptive, and Machine Learning
Speaker: Dr. Dale Skeen, Vitria Technology
Description: Intro: When companies gather Big Data they are gathering information for analytical analysis. The categorization of data is useful for understanding how data becomes relevant data. This session looks at how historical data is gathered and how real-time data is used. Advanced: This session looks at how analytics gathers information for from people to machines to make decisions. Hear how data is used to provide predictive forecasts and prescriptive diagnostics. In addition this session discusses how machine learning interacts with the data provided.

I hope we see you in Vegas, complete with cap and gown. The doctor is in.


Let’s Talk. On a stage. With an audience.

If you’re deep in the weeds of building the infrastructure of the IoT, or deploying the solutions that make all these “things” work, it can be hard to see what’s going on up above eye level. That’s why journalists and analysts are so important – it’s our job to keep an eye on the high level trends and best practices that are shaping the industry moving forward.

Recognizing that, the IoT Evolution Expo has a slate of analyst discussions that will bring you the insights you need to build your company’s strategy, and plan product development in an intelligent way.

Take a look and register today.

Here are a few highlights:

Analyze This: ROI Reality
We are past the hype cycle of IoT and are now dealing with tangible numbers, but the IoT opportunities are so vast, the numbers can sound unbelievable. Hear from top industry analysts James Brehm of James Brehm & Associates, Isabel Chapman of Machina Research, John Greenough of BI Intelligence, Sam Lucero of IHS Technology, and Dan Shey of ABI Research and get insight into real projections, real opportunity and the real value that the IoT provides.

Money & Management: Is it Better to be Unique or Unicorns?
Is there a difference between the haves and have mores? There are currently over 140 $1 billion startups. Yet many of these companies have similar business plans. We ask our friends in investment, Homaira Akbari of AKnowledge Partners, James Brehm, Michael Crawford of Q Advisors, Michael Lenoce of MVP Capital, and Mike Walkley of Canaccord Genuity Research, what makes a compelling business cases? Are unicorns passé? Are there still unique investments opportunities, or is there nothing new under the sun?


IoT Events: The Matchmakers of Industry Success

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match.” The girls in the little fictional town of Anatevka featured in the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” were asking Yente the town matchmaker to find them good husbands who are too fat, or too poor, or too mean. Well, in this partnership economy of the IoT, companies need good matchmakers even more than those teen girls did.

And where, you ask, can one find such a matchmaker? A good place to start is at an true industry-focused IoT event. I was at the PTX Thingworx conference in Boston this week, Liveworx, and one of the things that most impressed me, in addition to the great exhibit hall design, killer keynotes and motivated partners, was the buzz of new deals happening all over the show, on the expo floor, in the restaurants and over drinks, as folks talked about their challenges needs and how they could help each other grow and succeed. It was really exciting to watch.

Although that great event is past, there is another opportunity for you to make a strategic match with a partner company that isn’t too fat or too poor, and you’ll find that opportunity at the IoT Evolution Expo, coming up in just a few weeks, July 11 to 14 at Caesars palace in Las Vegas.

There, dozens of exhibitors, hundreds of delegate companies and thousands of your peers will be looking for you and your company in order to make a good match. Not just as customers, but as partners that will help each other grow into marriages of unified purpose, hopefully lasting for many years.

I hope I’m not straining the metaphor too hard here, but the shoe certainly fits.

I invite you to carefully consider the pain points that your customers are feeling, and the challenges you face in growing your business. Once you’ve done that, it is quite possible that you’ll see a strategic partnership is the answer to those problems. Come to the IoT Evolution Expo as an attendee or a sponsor and get access to the hottest Yente in the IoT.


Mission Impossible: You Don’t get to Choose

Hello, Mr. (or Ms.) Hunt. You mission is to learn how to secure your IoT solutions. You don’t have the choice about whether to accept this mission. You need to do it for the good of your customers, for the success of your company and for the healthy growth of the industry in general.

This message will not self-destruct, but if you ignore it, your business just might.

All kidding aside, there is no silver bullet to mitigate the security flaws inherent in the essence of the IoT: a network of things that is approaching 5 billion connected devices. The best way to position yourself and your company to be ready for the unpredictable threats to security is knowledge, and the best way to get it is at the IoT Evolution Expo.

We have outlined a whole track of the conference to help you recognize the IoT’s biggest security flaws and what measures you need to take to overcome them, get educated on a wide variety of security solutions that will protect your IoT devices and systems, find best practices in building security solutions that incorporate new device encryption methods and ways to protect personal devices.

The session list is robust and covers a wide range of basic knowledge areas and advanced technical skills needed to succeed here.

They are:
Protecting and Defending the Edge
Device Level Security
Device Encryption
The First Layer of Security – Physical
The Core of Network Security
IoT Solutions and Wi-Fi Security
IoT Disasters and Diameter Denial of Service Attacks
APPropriate Levels of Security
SmartPhone SmartApps SmartSecurity
Privacy and Anonymization

So, join us in our Mission (not)Impossible to secure the IoT and become part of the IMF:IoT.