IoT and the New Wave of Data-Based Decision Making at Data Summit 2017

There is a lot of lot of buzz around IoT, with many companies today seeking to find ways that machine-to-machine data will affect their industries and their own organizations, according to John O'Brien, principal advisor and CEO, Radiant Advisors, who will present a talk at Data Summit 2017 on “IoT Adoption & Maturity Today.”

Unless it is part of the conversation about smart grids, smart healthcare, and smart cities, which are popular use cases that have been widely covered in the media, many people really don’t understand how it might pertain to their organizations and their decision making in a meaningful way, said O’Brien. "And, the point there is that they are not alone. A lot of people can see the potential because they understand the sensors and devices but what they are trying to do is get to the next level.” As a result, many organizations are very interested in getting educated on use cases through conferences, research, and conversations with peers.

A recent survey conducted by Radiant Advisors in partnership with Unisphere Research a division of Information Today, Inc., found that about 65% of respondents had a generally optimistic view of IoT, and that bodes well for IoT adoption in the future, O’Brien said, adding that there is a growing recognition that anything that can be electrified will be turned into an IoT device, meaning that almost everything around us will develop some degree of intelligence and interactivity.

At Data Summit 2017, O’Brien will also be moderating the “Moving to a Modern Data Architecture” track.  With so much more data today, a corresponding requirement stems from the increasing number of business users and need for self-service capabilities in order to work with all of that data and gain value from it, said O’Brien.

There is a bit of an ongoing evolution of the modern data platform to include the data lake, integration with data science platforms, as well as to stitch together multi-cloud approaches, said O’Brien. “We have definitely a big uptick in the number of organizations that are migrating to cloud architectures to do this. I am not sure if the light has gone on or big data has just hit a tipping point but there has been an increase in cloud adoption in the last year and a lot of people are trying to sort out what technologies are needed in the new architecture.”

This will be O’Brien’s fourth year at the Data Summit conference. “I like Data Summit each year because within each track, the variety of sessions offers a really unique perspective. A lot of what people come for is the inspiration and insight that can help them consider things differently each year when they leave.”

O'Brien’s presentation, “IoT Adoption & Maturity Today,” will be delivered at Data Summit 2017 on Tuesday, May 16, at 10:45 as part of the “Moving To A Modern Data Architecture” track which he is moderating.

Data Summit 2017 takes place May 16-17 at the New York Hilton Midtown, with pre-conference workshops on May 15. To register, go here.