Monday, April 27, 2015

About News

This week we worked on an article for an upcoming May / June, 2015, issue of The Connection magazine – Richard and I chose the title Data ain’t Data – a case for mission-critical data on NonStop. The title came as an analogy to a very successful advertisement campaign when Castrol Oil created the punchline, “Oils ain’t Oils!” See the article to read more about it!

The point we were making was that there is some data that is of critical importance; in fact we pointed out that such data could be as mission critical as are some transactions or applications. We also asserted that the source of some of this critically important data could be social media. To illustrate that point I started with: “When you watch news…” and stopped! Who watches news?

 Sometimes, when engaging in the mindless activity of applying makeup, I listen to the radio to get the news. So the sentence was intended to show how social media content can be critical data, so important for example to the police in crime prevention, or to those needing proof of errant police brutality … But the change in the ways we obtain the daily, or even hourly, updates on what is happening in the world, got me off tangent!

Well, I do when I try to walk my 2 miles, like a hamster, in my 24/7 Fitness gym but other than that I try to stay current reading the really short version of the news, using InkaBinka.

Which brings me back to what I wanted to address – in all three ways (watching, reading and listening) the news arrived, last Friday, about the big Bloomberg terminal outage. Oh, my! All around the world! An article in computerweekly.com, by Karl Flinders, made the stunningly obvious remark, “In the trading sector, where systems complete trades in microseconds, even seemingly insignificant glitches can have huge ramifications.”

Bloomberg terminals? CNBC reported after the service was restored, “Bloomberg terminals—also known as Bloomberg Professional—are vital to many traders' day. As well monitoring and analyzing real-time financial data, traders can also execute trades using the terminal. Bloomberg has previously stated that it has more than 315,000 subscribers worldwide.” Well, sounds like a pretty critical service no matter what metric you might use to gauge business critical operations.  

Wikipedia provides following information on the Bloomberg Terminal, “The terminal implements a client-server architecture with the server running on a multiprocessor Unix platform. The client, used by end users to interact with the system, is a Windows application that typically connects "direct" through a router provided by Bloomberg and installed on-site. End users can also make use of an extra service (Bloomberg Anywhere) to allow the Windows application to connect via internet / IP, or Web access via a Citrix client. There are also applications that allow mobile access via Android, BlackBerry, and iOS.”

I wonder…The speed of processing, or lack thereof, was the reason NASDAQ switched from Tandem Computers that had been in production since 1981 to Unix machines. According to the December 25, 2008, article in Forbes, Company of the Year: Nasdaq “Within months Robert Greifeld (a former computer salesman who took over at Nasdaq in 2003) scrapped Nasdaq’s expensive Tandem computers in a Connecticut data center and moved Nasdaq to off-the-shelf servers.” It didn’t take long before the integrity, indeed robustness, of off-the-shelf solutions began generating news leading to the infamous headline in Time magazine of August 23, 2013, Computer Glitch Forces NASDAQ to Halt Trading.

This raised the ire of the Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White, who said in a statement that Thursday’s “interruption in trading, while resolved before the end of the day, was nonetheless serious and should reinforce our collective commitment to addressing technological vulnerabilities of exchanges and other market participants.” White said she will be meeting with leaders of the top exchanges to “accelerate ongoing efforts to further strengthen our markets.” So, if off-the-shelf, industry-standard, technology and solutions are that important to businesses including NASDAQ, with the arrival of the NonStop X, is there really any justification in utilizing platforms that continue to fail? I don’t think so…

Well, back to the Connection article. Some data is more critical than others, and when you think of critical data, life and death come to mind. Having two prematurely born identical grandsons in incubators, hooked to all sorts of sensors, with monitor displays all around them, makes me realize that indeed, there is some data that just ain’t data!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What the future holds … are you scared?

We may be familiar with stories from the past including popular movies and publications but has securing private information become too scary? For the NonStop community there are lots of options ….

This week another trailer was released for the upcoming end-of-year new Star Wars movie: The Force Awakens. Billed as Episode 7, it follows a pretty uninspiring Episodes 1 through 3 that focused on utilizing new film technologies, including a lot of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) that left many a follower of Star Wars wanting a lot more, and with the release of multiple trailers it looks like Disney, the new owners of the Star Wars franchise, is delivering!  Another image from the most recent trailer features the return of Hans Solo, aka Harrison Ford, and following some scary scenes ends simply with the acknowledgement from Hans Solo, “Chewie, we’re home!” and as a quick glimpse into the future, Star Wars fans are resting easy.

However, for anyone in IT the future is looking a little scary these days even as it returns to computing we are a little more familiar with – the latest embellishment on the old service bureau models. Clouds and even hybrids have been with us, albeit under different guises, for decades and few within the NonStop community are fooled by the latest “window dressing” being applied – so, all my compute resources are off site? Cool! And sure, I can provision for my next application quickly (and with minimal human intervention)? I like it! Much of what is now taking place with respect to computing resources happens in real time and that is just one more attribute that looks familiar to the NonStop community, but with the latest application of make-over of a very old model come risks, uncertainty and a considerable amount of fear among those occupying the C-suites on mahogany row. If only we could turn away all potential intruders even as we make sure nothing truly terrifying has taken place. 


Before contemplating the future it’s good to know that our concerns about security have their roots dating back millennia.  In Biblical times, we read of how Eden’s tree of life was protected following the fall of Adam and Eve. According to Genesis, “Thereupon God appointed Cherubim to guard the path leading to the tree of life with a flaming sword which constantly turned its fiery edge in every direction so that none could pass forward without permission.” Turning to Nordic legends and of the worlds occupied by deities, we come across the story of Heimdall. According to popular beliefs of the time, Heimdall “is the all-seeing and all-hearing guardian sentry of the world, Asgard, who stands on the rainbow bridge Bifröst to watch for any attacks to Asgard. Heimdall can also ‘look across time, as well as space’”. Unlike the Cherubim of Biblical times, it is recorded that Heimdall didn’t so much depend on his sword as he bore the Gjallerhorn ("Yelling Horn"), which he would sound to alert all of Asgard to dangers threatening the city's gates.  

Returning to the issues facing modern day IT and looking too to what the future may hold, USA Today published an article on April 16, 2015,
2025 tech predictions both thrilling and scary. The article then asks readers, “And if things don't go as planned and all our data are allowed to bolt out of the corral?” what then?  It then quotes Rachel Maguire, research director at Institute for the Future, a non-profit think tank, "Well that's the dance that's happening now. We're in the age of omnipresence, so the question is, can we solve for the privacy issue so we and future generations can enjoy the benefits of technology?" 

The USA Today article then wraps up by circling back to the first shift in technology, security. “Under the heading ‘privacy-enhancing tech’ are predictions of cryptographic breakthroughs that hopefully will deliver us from a reality where it seems every major outfit is being hacked on an almost daily basis. Of all the shifts, however, this one clearly deserves the most attention,” the article concludes. Its final thought may be chilling to some but it’s what drives middleware vendors today to do even better, “Without encrypted and secure data transfer, our digital lives will fast become an open book. Says Maguire: ‘The question we need to keep asking is, simply, what is technology setting us up for over the longer term?’”

At the very heart of what scares IT and business executives the most today is security. And yet, there’s a lot that can be done right now to diminish the fear of what lies ahead. In a three part series of posts on Security written for the comForte blog, I began by asking, Does our interest in Top 10 …? In that post I quote comForte CTO, Thomas Burg, who also asks, “It is a mystery to me why it seems to be easier to sell a software product in the six digit price range than to convince customers to get paid-for advice by experienced folks like ourselves or our partners.” In the second post, Time to get fit? I quote comForte Marketing VP, Thomas Gloerfeld, who asks, “why would any of us expect to fully understand all the tools at our disposal if we truly didn’t know what they did or how best to use them?” The third post is yet to be published but it asks yet another question, “What about NonStop? Does NonStop inherently ward off all intrusions or do we need to be even better prepared than ever before?”

One vendor who is leveraging the work of another is DataExpress. Identifying their marketplace as addressing secure, managed file transfer, DataExpress leverage comForte SSL / SSH products provided as part of the NonStop operating systems. “This allows DataExpress to focus on differentiating functionality so important for us when it comes to growing our business,” said DataEpress CEO, Michelle Marost. But DataExpress is not alone when it comes to making sure private information stays exactly that; private!  

“Customers have often used Prognosis to supplement their security monitoring on NonStop. It can detect files being created or changed, abnormal process activity or event messages, and act on them,” said IR Product Manager, Jamie Pearson. “More recently, though, IR have provided a solution called Prognosis Change Auditor to assist with PCI-DSS auditing of configuration changes on the NonStop platform. It detects changes in the configuration of system and application components, which can then be reviewed and matched against approved change requests.”

“Today we provide the OmniAuth module that is used to define rules to reduce fraud, an all-important consideration for FIs and our entry in the all-important Fraud Blocker marketplace. But, OmniAuth is really Authorization which is of course checking security etc. plus checking if you have the money,” said OmniPayments, Inc. CEO, Yash Kapadia. “Looking at OmniPayments as a whole, it comes already equipped with complete security functions for every financial transaction that it handles, including encryption-at-rest and encryption-in-flight. But yes, we acknowledge that it is an ongoing battle as we face-off with the bad guys.”

No discussion on security across American banks and retailers would be complete without some references being made to the looming October 1, 2015, date for acceptance of smart cards with embedded chips – my first card, from CHASE, arrived this past week giving me a total of one Chip and Pin card. In the post of November 10, 2014, The headlines say it all: EMV is an answer! to the blog ATMmarketplace, Yash said, "While it may be true that security will be a problem for all in IT — vendors and users alike — there are steps that can be taken to make life for the bad guys a lot harder." Furthermore, according to Yash, “Smart cards have been in use in most countries around the world for years, and they are now coming to the U.S. (and) since HP NonStop systems have a significant presence in payment-card transaction systems, it is important that the NonStop community be familiar with smart-card technology.”

HP is pursuing greater security options for NonStop systems and this is evident from recent statements made by HP NonStop security architect, Wendy Bartlett. "Defense in depth is critical, particularly when it comes to securing the applications running today on NonStop. We are continuing to invest in the security capabilities of our own products, including but not limited to Safeguard, even as we continue to leverage solutions from both HP's Enterprise Security group and our NonStop partners. There are many aspects of defense in depth, from intrusion prevention to intrusion detection, analysis, and response, so you cannot have too many eyes focused on security. HP NonStop customers expect this level of attention from their vendor and partners.”

Products, services, education plus a healthy assist from HP NonStop development are all readily available and can go a long way to help the NonStop community ensure there’s a depth of defense capable of warding off all but the most persistent attacker and / or someone who has gained inside information – the so-called weak link. Scary scenes from popular movies and legendary defenders from the dawn of time reinforce how important having adequate defenses truly has become – it doesn’t take a think-tank of futurists to keep as sensitized to what is really happening in the world.

As HP noted, when it comes to security, you cannot have too many eyes trained on the problem and looking for new way to add additional layers of defense. For the NonStop community this is encouraging and the fact that the numerous vendors continue to provide security products helps go a long way to slake the thirst of CIOs lining up at the well of safe IT -  yes, we have to solve for the privacy issue in order for future generations to enjoy the benefits of technology! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Industry Standard Rules, OK!

As for industry standards, it's been part of the game plan for NonStop to embrace industry standards fully and with NonStop X, HP delivers on this plan ...


From the very first time a container ship passed through the heads of Sydney Harbor at the end of 1969 I have been fascinated by the container industry. Spending my formative years of IT working for a container shipping company cemented that fascination and I have been following the industry ever since. So much for the container ships that carried a measly 2000 standard size Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEU as today new-age behemoth ships transport almost ten times this number. What has really sparked my interest all these years later is what’s happening with containers today on dry land, as industries have grown up with novel ways to exploit essentially a standardized “building block”. 

According to one news source, the Port of Seville, Spain, is among the more recent converts using seagoing containers in unconventional ways. In an article of April 2, 2014,
Port of Seville receives shipping container-based cruise ship terminal the reporter wrote, “in order to accommodate the growing number of cruise ship passengers who regularly disembark at the Spanish Port of Seville – the country's sole inland port – a new cruise ship terminal has been built using shipping containers. Spanish architectural firms Hombre De Piedra and Buró4 took 23 well-worn shipping containers to construct the 508 sq m (5,468 sq ft) terminal.” The irony of this isn’t easily missed – boarding your cruise ship via containers; who would have guessed?

Few of us will forget the devastation caused by the February 22, 2012, earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. The devastation was almost absolute – barely a usable structure survived. And yet, as the city of Christchurch began to rebuild, one of the first structures erected was a temporary mall made up of yes, you guessed it, sea containers. In the news release Re:START - a unique shopping experience in the heart of Christchurch that describes the project to get the city back up and running, “The shipping container mall is one of the most striking features of the cities renewal …The brightly colored stacked boxes hold 27 stores (and) the mall offers a bit of normalcy to the residents, and some serious contemporary eco-style.” 

It would seem that embracing a standard, such as has been done by transportation companies, has not only streamlined the transportation industry and revolutionized the way ships are built, ports are constructed, and how supporting infrastructure functions in in general, but created numerous secondary industries as a result. For IT and the computer industry, the message is very clear – utilization of industry-standard components wins out and those holding onto proprietary solutions cannot win over the longer term. The time when mainframe plug-compatibles flourished was when IBM drove the standards, but today, no longer. It’s Intel that now drives the most important of all roadmaps – the chips we package within the systems we rely upon. 

In my March 31, 2015, post Here comes NonStop X and here’s to another decade or two, or four, of NonStop excitement! celebrating the official launch of the NonStop X family of systems – specifically, the first model, the NonStop X NS7 X1, I quoted Martin Fink, executive vice president and chief technology officer, HP. “It’s been a long journey to where we see NonStop running entirely on industry-standard hardware,” Fink had told me and I was reminded by others at HP just how important this message was. Scanning the press for additional news coverage of NonStop X, I came across the article HP’s long road to a single server architecture in the Australian electronic publication, ITWire.

In this feature journalist, Graeme Phillipson, observed, “HP inherited disparate architectures from Tandem, DEC and Compaq, as well as a couple of its own. Bringing them all together has been a long process, which is nearly complete.” Furthermore, said Graeme,   “Over the last decade or more HP has been evolving all these architectures, with their disparate chip sets and operating systems, towards one hardware architecture based on Intel processors.” However, it’s not just journalists that have picked up this message but also many within the NonStop vendor community share similar beliefs – embracing industry-standard technologies benefits everyone.

“After years of simply referencing WinTel as industry standard, it’s acknowledged within IT that anything incorporating Intel chips – particular, Xeon chips with their support of the x86 architecture – is industry-standard,” OmniPayments Inc. CEO, Yash Kapadia, told me. “But it is a lot more too – integrated support for Ethernet, with TCP/IP communications support a given - and it also applies to interconnect so embracing InfiniBand (as HP has now done with NonStop X) is a big plus. External storage support via SAS and Fiber Channel help round out the industry-standard message as well so yes, the industry standard blanket applies to a broad spectrum of technologies and while it’s not so much a case of acknowledging it as ‘something I would recognize when I see it’ so much as it’s endorsed by my customers and prospects without reservation.”

When I asked Yash whether NonStop X really does close the gap to industry standard or whether there is still more to be done, his response was informative as it was challenging. “Firstly, embracing industry-standard is a journey and a commitment as what constitutes industry standard is a moving goal line,” he began. “Newer, faster, cheaper, components are arriving all the time and where customers accept these components, all vendors need to be cognizant of the implications and stay true to their industry standard support. But secondly, and just as important from my perspective, industry standard also applies to the breath of solutions available – and I am expecting with the arrival of NonStop X that there will be many new solutions becoming available and with that, my task of selling NonStop X into markets I am already established in only becomes easier for me.”

When I put the question about the value of industry standard to InfraSoft VP of Engineering, Dave Finnie, his response reflected his primary focus on software. “I would have said ‘no, it doesn't matter what's underneath’ as I thought that the OS and supporting runtime environments, etc. were all that counted,” said Finnie. “However, I have now heard from a couple of people that NonStop has suddenly become a more accepted platform in their company (i.e. a possible move from ‘maintain’ to ‘invest’) purely because it is now using Intel x86 technology! I would never have thought that that would be an important factor, but obviously it is for some folk.”

However, there’s even more to the industry standard story than just HP’s embracing Intel x86 architecture. According to Finnie, “Industry standard now means support for all the commonly used languages and environments. POSIX support is important here, so the OSS support in NonStop plays a big role here. I think for this simple reason, NonStop X has closed the gap with competing products by embracing industry standard features across hardware and software.”  This sentiment is shared among other vendors I polled this past week, as indeed, standardization may be the tipping point for vendors considering accelerating their moves to OSS as NonStop X confirms for them the longevity of NonStop.

In an upcoming article to the April, 2015, issue of The Connection you will read of DataExpress President, Michelle Marost, explaining how, “Today, we have two distinct products, DataExpress NonStop (DXNS) and DataExpress Open Platforms (DXOP) and we are taking steps to see if we can now consolidate these under a single multi-platform product offering. While as yet we do not have a customer asking for our DXOP product on OSS, considering the built in redundancies that NonStop brings to the table, it just makes sense for us to go there.” To at least have the option to standardize their solutions in a way allowing the product to run on multiple platforms is surely a godsend to many middleware and solutions vendors.

“As I suspect with many vendors serving the NonStop community, the announcement of the General Availability (GA) of the first member of the new NonStop X family of systems strengthens our resolve to stay focused on NonStop systems – they have been a part of IR since it first provided application monitoring solutions,” came the observation from IR VP of Products, John Dunne. “Perhaps more importantly is HP’s commitment to industry standard technologies, which we see as a necessary part of growing a community, and introduction of NonStop X as a complementary product family, as it is doing, suggests that there will likely be new customers for NonStop in the near future.” It is this final point that I sense will foster even more discussion in the future – the NonStop X isn’t just for the NonStop faithful, but is a product for the times for all those companies looking for more secure, highly available (and scalable), industry standard systems. NonStop opens the door to a much bigger world and this is the real value that comes from being industry standard.

Providing a similar observation comForte CTO, Thomas Burg, noted that indeed, NonStop X “is an important step in the right direction, but more needs to be done.” Industry standard “is about much more than what hardware it runs on. It comes down to providing the right ecosystem and solutions, said Burg. “A key area will be the support of ‘Hybrid architectures’ making use of InfiniBand as a fast communication layer within the Hybrid system. Also, getting solutions vendors excited about NonStop will be the real confirmation about the validity of this new industry standard NonStop system. Intelligent Hybrid architectures should in fact enable easier and 'smarter' porting of existing applications to the NonStop X platform”. Like everyone else in the NonStop community the expectation within comForte is that with NonStop X, the community will grow bigger.

Raising this topic with OmniPayments, Yash made it very clear that, “today, industry standard has more to do with the platforms supported – can you run Java? .NET? JavaScript? Does the platform support SQL? And to a degree, can you run popular solutions – SAP being one example. The opportunity to configure the new NonStop X as part of a hybrid solution embracing both NonStop and Linux is a huge step towards finding greater acceptance as being industry standard but there really is a lot more to be done with respect of levelling the playing field when it comes to what IT sees as being an industry standard platform.” And by this, Yash as are many others in the NonStop vendor community, is hopeful that HP’s pricing model better reflects the arrival of industry standard solutions – that is to say, the NonStop X family breaks ground on lower, more competitive, price points.

“We have our NonStop X system now installed and all the OmniPayments code has been certified on NonStop X,” Yash then told me. More enlightening perhaps is that OmniPayments has “built our fraud solution on Nonstop X. OmniHub Payment services hub integrates with Linux and with big data feeds over InfiniBand.” Of course, Yash isn’t the only one certifying products and purchasing NonStop X systems. Already news is beginning to come in about one American user who has bought three NonStop X systems to complement existing large NonStop i Blade systems. A large retailer looking to better integrate NonStop into their business operations it is still early days for this American retailer but already I am openly speculating that this may just be a starting point.

For NonStop to embrace standards has been a popular theme of posts to this blog. Referencing unconventional uses for containers, likewise, has been featured before.

In the post of March 21, 2008, The need for standardization! I wrote about the coming of standardization and I referenced the thriving industry surrounding the reuse of sea containers. As I wrapped up that post, I noted how the arrival of standards for blades and blade chassis will continue to excite me. I noted too that I see tremendous potential to reduce costs while opening up the options and broadening the range of choices available. Seven years ago I had no idea that NonStop would come as far as it has.

There may not be a thriving secondary industry for NonStop X and I don’t see a range of office furniture or even garage hold-all cabinets being constructed from these latest additions to the family of NonStop systems. I can’t rule it out, mind you – there was a time when I hung IBM mainframe consoles as abstract art along my office wall – as this really isn’t the story here. Embracing industry standards, and having the vendor community on its side, tells its own story and the message is inescapable.  To re-quote InfraSoft’s Dave Finnie, “NonStop has suddenly become a more accepted platform in their company” and all thanks to HP rolling out NonStop on industry standard Intel x86.   

Monday, April 6, 2015

I am not ready for this, not yet…

There’s an article in theguardian.com that reads like a science fiction book or the plot from a Bond movie:

“Google has struck a deal with the healthcare company Johnson & Johnson to develop surgical robots that use artificial intelligence. Google’s life sciences division will work with Johnson & Johnson’s medical device company, Ethicon, to create a robotics-assisted surgical platform to help doctors in the operating theatre.”

The article then ends with: “Google’s life sciences team is also developing systems that can detect cancer and heart attacks using nano particles, and has worked on smart contact lenses that contain sensors capable of monitoring the signs of diabetes – technology that was licensed by the Swiss drug firm Novartis in July 2014 to develop into a practical medical application.”  The link to this article is here: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/27/google-johnson-and-johnson-artificial-intelligence-surgical-robots

There is more, this time from Japan, also from theguardian.com: “Meet Robear, an experimental nursing-care robot developed by the RIKEN-SRK Collaboration Center for Human-Interactive Robot Research and Sumitomo Riko Company. Unveiled this month, the robot is designed to lift patients out of beds and into wheelchairs, as well as helping those who need assistance to stand up. Robear weighs in at 140kg, and is the successor to heavier robots RIBA and RIBA-II. ‘We really hope that this robot will lead to advances in nursing care, relieving the burden on caregivers today,’ said Toshiharu Mukai, leader of the project’s robot sensor systems research team. ‘We intend to continue with research toward more practical robots capable of providing powerful yet gentle care to elderly people.’
That’s an increasingly urgent challenge in Japan, where the elderly population is growing fast. According to Riken, robots like Robear can play an important role in taking the strain off nurses and caregivers, who may be having to lift patients 40 or more times a day, risking lower-back pain in the process.”  The article is here:

I am not ready for this; not because I belong to the generation that soon will need Robear and hates change. No! I am not ready because all these technologies can and will fail at one point or another – one hopes not in the middle of the heart surgery or while transporting Grandma from her bed to the nearby chair…ouch! Knowing there is a system that is fail proof, designed to be always on, you know, NonStop … Why would you trust yours or your loved ones’ life to anything less? Say we will overcome it, and the technology will become available on NonStop. Is this solving the problem?

As we continue to differentiate the IoT from the Io (Mission-Critical)T I have the sense that greater demands for integrity and robustness will be forthcoming. After all, there’s a whole lot of difference between missing a nut or bolt on a production line assembling household furniture, for instance, to missing a screw while performing a back surgery. Should software updates be transmitted, as we so often see happening on our PCs, would the dreaded blue-screen of death take on more ominous overtones?

I have to believe that as this trend toward automation and AI intrudes into our very lives, NonStop systems will likely find a whole new market segment opening up. This may not be as fashionable as interacting with the latest smartphone or tablet, but really, we are talking about things way more important than fashion.

In the world of all things connected, communicating with each other and sending tons of information to their creators as well as to places where the data gets analyzed and understood, if you let it, there will be a caring robot to help you as you age. I wonder, will you be less alone? OK, as I said, I am not ready for this, not yet…

I am not the only one!

I came across a fascinating article: http://www.rustreport.com.au/issues/latestissue/oz-research-reveals-the-competitive-advantage-of-iot/

“A new Australian report into the application of the Internet of Things has highlighted the significant cost, revenue and productivity benefits for adopting companies, but also revealed an high level of business indifference to the technology. The research was conducted by analyst firm Telsyte on behalf of Microsoft.

Entitled ‘Cut through: How the Internet of Things is sharpening Australia’s competitive edge’, the report shows that two-thirds of organizations that have deployed and measured Internet of Things (IoT) solutions have achieved 28 per cent cost reductions in their day-to-day operations.

Despite those impressive returns, the report reveals there is a long way to go before the competitive advantage of Internet of Things (IoT) is fully harnessed by Australian businesses with just 26 per cent of the 300-plus Australian organizations surveyed indicating they have deployed Internet of Things solutions, and nearly half (48 per cent) have no immediate plans to deploy.”

Yes, half of the Australian companies surveyed are not ready for this, yet!

Telsyte recommends 5 steps toward implementing the Internet of Things, and I found the last one timely: “Prepare for real time data: The Internet of Things will generate real-time data — not just large volumes of data — across a range of business processes. Real-time data is about immediacy, and brings with it the potential for fundamental disruption. When possible, Telsyte recommends processes be modelled around the availability of real-time data to build long-term competitive advantage.” No surprises here for the NonStop community, as this is exactly what WebAction was saying all along!



So, as half of the Australian companies and I, the “new Australian”, are not quite ready for IoT yet, it is reassuring to see that at least one NonStop partner is leading this inevitable move toward taking advantage of the IoT and all the technologies that utilize it.