Looking back to the year the event got its start,
--The year 1989 was characterized by the operating system wars. IT at the time was about paper and people.
--In 1996, IT was entrenched in the transmission wars, as Kent described it. This was the year Mosaic/Netscape went public and when e-commerce was born.
--The terrorist attacks of 9/11 made 2001 all about resiliency in the face of man-made and natural disasters.
--The financial crisis of 2008 underscored the need for IT to be relevant to the bottom line. Austerity measures proved to be a significant driver of innovation, primarily around virtualization and the cloud.
--Today's IT environment is characterized by hyperconnectivity and the consumerization of IT, in which we are putting technology in the hands of nontechnical people.
"We are clearly at the pinnacle of the rise of IT," Kent said, facilitating some brief demonstrations of
Internet of Things Vice President
The Internet of Things, Shakib explained, is simply the connectivity -- the infrastructure that is established in order for Internet-connected devices to interoperate.
The Internet of Everything, in contrast, involves three additional components. The second component is the data that is generated by connecting such a vast web of things. "Connecting them is going to give us a lot of data. How [do you] convert the sheer volume of data you're going to get into useful data?" Shakib asked. The third piece is the smart applications used to solve public-sector problems, or the management layer. The final piece is application enablement. The company aims to simplify network complexity as much as possible using simple, useful APIs. "All four layers together are the Internet of Everything," Shakib said.
Kent also plugged the company's Internet of Things Innovation Grand Challenge, a contest with
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