Understanding and embracing the Internet of Things

#IoTChat with Ovum's Gary Barnett

Product Marketing Manager, IBM

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) describes the phenomenon of “ubiquitous connectivity” with physical objects, made possible by the widespread use of sensory devices and wireless technologies throughout our environments. Without a doubt, IoT holds enormous promise as a key enabler for the next wave of innovation, allowing devices to communicate with each other and opening up possibilities for creating a truly smarter planet.

400-IoT-GreenLATEST.jpgThe IoT will make an impact across various industries, with utilities and manufacturing being likely beneficiaries. Organizations now must decide whether to adopt IoT or face a competitive disadvantage as their turf is invaded by early adopters. The proliferation of interconnected devices imposes demands on infrastructure, requiring both storage and management of large volumes of diverse information, including time series and spatial data from the networked devices. Organizations that want to benefit from IoT must start thinking about data-management solutions that offer flexibility and scalability, while also being embeddable in smaller devices.

If you're interested in learning even more about the details and impact of the Internet of Things, join us for the #IoTChat Twitter chat about the Internet of Things on September 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET. Our special guest for this discussion is Gary Barnett (@thinkovation), chief analyst at Ovum.

How to join the chat

  1. Go to or
  2. Sign in with your twitter handle
  3. Search #IoTChat
  4. A new window will open that makes it easy for you to follow and contribute

Remember: Twitter chats can be very fast paced. Take a moment to peruse these Twitter chat tips on SlideShare and don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Here are a few topics that we will be discussing:

  • Q1: What do you see as the “real” opportunity with the Internet of Things? How will IoT drive revenue?
  • Q2: How will data management strategies and approaches need to change to capture data from devices on the network?
  • Q3: What are the deployment scenarios available to extend legacy database architectures and take advantage of the IoT opportunity?
  • Q4: With more and more operations residing on the "edge," what will be the new demands on database storage and transmission models considering the limitations of network bandwidth?
  • Q5: With the proliferation of devices and sensors capturing data, what security and privacy concerns are arising and how should we deal with them?
  • Q6: With thousands of data formats and protocols, will the industry move toward standardization and regulation?
  • Q7:  Where do you see the largest complexities for IoT?
  • Q8: How will all of these “things” connect?

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Featured guests


Gary Barnett (@thinkovation) is the chief analyst for Ovum’s Software team, with responsibility for supporting cross-group research initiatives. Gary has worked as an analyst and consultant for the last 15 years, providing advice to end-user organizations on application development, program management, IT infrastructure strategy and enterprise architecture. Over this time he has engaged with the defense, public and commercial sectors to provide advice on solution design, systems architecture and best software-development practice. He is a widely quoted expert on issues surrounding application development and has given keynote presentations at numerous conferences, including IBM’s flagship developer conference, Innovate UK.

If you're interested in learning even more about the details and impact of the Internet of Things after this Twitter chat, consider joining us at IBM Insight in October.