Welcome!

Java IoT Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Dana Gardner, Tim Hinds, Douglas Lyon

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Java IoT, Containers Expo Blog

@CloudExpo: Article

Intelligent Infrastructure Exposed By @JamesCarlini | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Enterprise networks and the platform for commerce

Getting a second perspective based on several decades of diversified experience can only fortify your decisions on strategically applying technology to your organization.

With demands on enterprise systems changing so fast, most organizations' architectures and frameworks of Intelligent Infrastructure are in a stressful state. Many are focused on trying to maintain obsolete systems and few are willing to make a major investment in change. What was considered state-of-the-art two or three years ago can be obsolete today.

With the intelligent infrastructure that is in place in a vast majority of corporate entities, most of it is from the last big round of investments to cover Y2K. That was fifteen years ago. Most enterprise infrastructure needs to be assessed to see if it still supports the core business as well as provides some degree of competitive advantage in today's market.

If it doesn't, it's obsolete. With the growth in mission-critical applications across the corporate enterprise, power and network diversity as well as redundancy become must-haves, and not a hoped-for, in intelligent infrastructure facilities.

These new design issues are mandatory and need to be incorporated into any enterprise network that is being planned today. In the past, many network architects did not think too much about network diversity or redundancy.

Today, with one-out-of-three enterprise-wide applications being mission critical, there needs to be a higher emphasis on designing in redundancy. The future trend for enterprise-wide applications is that they are going to be one-out-of-every-two applications being mission critical.

Masters and Apprentices
In earlier years of developing architectures for enterprise networks, the approach was having seasoned engineers and architects work with up-and-coming engineers to transfer some of the experience they had in developing networks to the junior staff. This type of approach is not being used today and the result is that we are not moving as fast in developing networks that are resilient enough to support technologies that are pushing the limits of current networks.

The Master/Apprentice approach to transferring and gaining enterprise network design skills should be revitalized and re-applied, especially since most organizations are not spending a lot of money on training beyond shallow webinars.

Let this quote by Hal Geneen, former Chairman of ITT, sink into your management and leadership skill set when it comes to tackling engineering and architectural problems with enterprise networks:

In business, words are words,

Expectations are expectations,

Promises are promises, but only

Performance is reality.

They are truly words of wisdom and should be applied when reviewing design approaches, complex vendor solutions, and implementation proposals. It rings true in a timeless fashion.

Today, we are in a very dynamic time. Several large industries are converging into a huge paradigm shift. We need diverse teams of multi-disciplinary skilled people to tackle these new challenges and come up with complex solutions.

Real estate, intelligent infrastructure, and technology are converging and their combined impact on regional economic development redefines corporate strategies. This is pointed out in my book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY.

In order to compete in today's global marketplace, every business and organization has to have a solid foundation. A solid Platform for Commerce that is comprised of all the layers of infrastructure (Ssee Chart 1).

Chart 1: Infrastructure: The Platform for Commerce

"Five Thousand Years in the Making"

Layer

Level

Dominant Initial Driver Of Implementation Importance

Space

(Interplanetary)

(Future)

8

Just Beginning to Be Built ((Space shuttles, space station, satellite networks) Future: mid-21st century, 22nd century?

US, RUSSIA, JAPAN, CHINA?)

Broadband Connectivity Network

(Cyberinfrastructure)

7B

(wireless)

7A

(wired)

China, Japan, S. Korea, Netherlands, Us

(beginning 21st Century, IBCs and IIPs)

Airports

6

Europe, United States (mid-20th Century)

Power (Grids, Nuclear Power, Oil)

5B (Nuclear)

5A

(everything else)

United States (beginning/ mid 20th Century)

Telephone Network (Analog Voice Only)

4

United States (beginning/mid 20th Century)

Railroads

3

United States (mid-1800s)

Roads/Bridges

2

Roman Empire (500BC- 476AD)

Ports/ Docks/ Water

1

Phoenicians (1200BC-900BC)

Egyptians (3000BC-1400BC)

Source: James Carlini, 2009, 2014. All Rights Reserved (From the whitepaper by James Carlini, INTELLIGENT INFRASTRUCTURE: Securing Regional Sustainability, written for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and presented at Columbia University (NYC))

Good guidance to products, strategies, leadership and setting the right multi-disciplinary direction when trying to build these new complex frameworks of infrastructure and technical support services is what is needed.

Today, that guidance cannot be found in most higher education curricula or corporate training. It is too new. It can be found here.


Carlini's visionary book Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Follow daily Carlini-isms at www.TWITTER.com/JAMESCARLINI

Copyright 2015 - James Carlini

More Stories By James Carlini

James Carlini, MBA, a certified Infrastructure Consultant, keynote speaker and former award-winning Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University, has advised on mission-critical networks. Clients include the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, GLOBEX, and City of Chicago’s 911 Center. An expert witness in civil and federal courts on network infrastructure, he has worked with AT&T, Sprint and others.

Follow daily Carlini-isms at www.twitter.com/JAMESCARLINI

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


@ThingsExpo Stories
Imagine if you will, a retail floor so densely packed with sensors that they can pick up the movements of insects scurrying across a store aisle. Or a component of a piece of factory equipment so well-instrumented that its digital twin provides resolution down to the micrometer.
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settle...
BnkToTheFuture.com is the largest online investment platform for investing in FinTech, Bitcoin and Blockchain companies. We believe the future of finance looks very different from the past and we aim to invest and provide trading opportunities for qualifying investors that want to build a portfolio in the sector in compliance with international financial regulations.
No hype cycles or predictions of a gazillion things here. IoT is here. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, an Associate Partner of Analytics, IoT & Cybersecurity at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He also discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data...
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, provided a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. He solved a machine learning problem and demonstrated an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and B...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.
Leading companies, from the Global Fortune 500 to the smallest companies, are adopting hybrid cloud as the path to business advantage. Hybrid cloud depends on cloud services and on-premises infrastructure working in unison. Successful implementations require new levels of data mobility, enabled by an automated and seamless flow across on-premises and cloud resources. In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Tevis, an IBM Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architec...
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be...
Nordstrom is transforming the way that they do business and the cloud is the key to enabling speed and hyper personalized customer experiences. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ken Schow, VP of Engineering at Nordstrom, discussed some of the key learnings and common pitfalls of large enterprises moving to the cloud. This includes strategies around choosing a cloud provider(s), architecture, and lessons learned. In addition, he covered some of the best practices for structured team migration an...
Smart cities have the potential to change our lives at so many levels for citizens: less pollution, reduced parking obstacles, better health, education and more energy savings. Real-time data streaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) possess the power to turn this vision into a reality. However, most organizations today are building their data infrastructure to focus solely on addressing immediate business needs vs. a platform capable of quickly adapting emerging technologies to address future ...
We are given a desktop platform with Java 8 or Java 9 installed and seek to find a way to deploy high-performance Java applications that use Java 3D and/or Jogl without having to run an installer. We are subject to the constraint that the applications be signed and deployed so that they can be run in a trusted environment (i.e., outside of the sandbox). Further, we seek to do this in a way that does not depend on bundling a JRE with our applications, as this makes downloads and installations rat...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
DX World EXPO, LLC, a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises. The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lead...
Digital Transformation (DX) is not a "one-size-fits all" strategy. Each organization needs to develop its own unique, long-term DX plan. It must do so by realizing that we now live in a data-driven age, and that technologies such as Cloud Computing, Big Data, the IoT, Cognitive Computing, and Blockchain are only tools. In her general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Rebecca Wanta explained how the strategy must focus on DX and include a commitment from top management to create great IT jobs, monitor ...
"Cloud Academy is an enterprise training platform for the cloud, specifically public clouds. We offer guided learning experiences on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and all the surrounding methodologies and technologies that you need to know and your teams need to know in order to leverage the full benefits of the cloud," explained Alex Brower, VP of Marketing at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
The IoT Will Grow: In what might be the most obvious prediction of the decade, the IoT will continue to expand next year, with more and more devices coming online every single day. What isn’t so obvious about this prediction: where that growth will occur. The retail, healthcare, and industrial/supply chain industries will likely see the greatest growth. Forrester Research has predicted the IoT will become “the backbone” of customer value as it continues to grow. It is no surprise that retail is ...