I found this nice little article on the role / state of open source in IoT from Eclipse . I particularly liked their distinction between the three software stacks – one at the device / thing, one at the edge / gateway and one in the cloud.
The paper does a good job of laying out the various open sources projects that contribute to each of these stacks. Apparently there are ~27 and at first blush one needs a Ph.D. in open source to understand this complexity! This should be heartening to the proprietary software vendors peddling their own IoT platforms. Open source IoT needs to consolidate this into something akin to a LAMP stack.
This may be interesting for consultants on the go. RoamFitness is apparently opening a bunch of gyms at airports for $40/day or $600/year. Right now they just have BWI (Baltimore) but plan to seem to have plans for a bunch more.
To avoid overcrowding they limit it to 20 people at a time. Plus, (thankfully for their fellow passengers), they have showers onsite too.
If you thought the public discourse on social media wasn’t civil now, there may be more bad news as the world gets hotter. MIT tech review published this in the latest edition and the data is apparently a study of over a billion tweets.
Apparently there’s a correlation between profanity (at least in tweets) and the ambient temperature. If you are looking for the original paper for more details it can be found here.
GCP (Google Cloud Platform) is apparently giving more than 50% discounts and a bunch of services to support Snap. This was partially revealed in Snap’s IPO and partially uncovered by the Information’s sources. Snap in turn has agreed to spend at least $400M/year on Google. Snap is Google’s (GCP’s) biggest customer and rumored to be 1/3 to 1/4 of its total revenue.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it was a nice reminder of how competitive the public cloud battle continues to be.
Reading this article in New Yorker about how the tech super wealthy have back up plans to escape doomsday scenarios made me sad.
Don’t get me wrong. The article was really well written. It was the content that shocked me:
- Apparently more than 50% of all tech billionaires have escape plans (some with planes / helicopters, gold coins, houses at the ready)
- New Zealand seems like a favored destination. In the first few days after the recent election, the rate of people applying for residency climbed to 7 times the normal rate. Wow.
- Another (more local) favored destination seems to be underground missile bunkers. e.g. One in Kansas called the Survival Condo Project was selling condos for $3M a pop. All of them are sold out (in case you were wondering).
I would have normally dismissed such extreme planning to paranoia. However, after a week of the clown show that we have seen in the new administration, I feel completely unprepared.
If you are looking for growth areas for your products / services, this new book by Clay Christensen says that you need to get into the head of your customers and really understand what they are looking to get done (“hire”).
Given all the hype around data and analytics it is refreshing to be told to take a “wide angle” perspective; it is not enough to hoover up all the data, run it through some fancy segmentation analysis and then add in some focus group interviews. One has to think about the context, the emotions etc. I’m not sure if any of this is really new; it kind of reminds me of design thinking. However, it’s probably a good reminder for all of those trying to think about growth and innovation.
By the way, if you are pressed for time and you want to get a flavor of the book, you may want to hear the podcast on HBR.