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Siemens’s MindSphere: from automation to digitalization

Perhaps the most important component of a successful IoT transformation is building it on a robust platform, because that alone can let your company go beyond random IoT experiments to achieve an integrated IoT strategy that can add new components systematically and create synergistic benefits by combining the various aspects of the program.
A good starting […]

Siemens’s Mobility Services: Trains Become IoT Labs on Wheels

As those of you who know rail history understand, with Stephenson as your last name, you’re bound to have a strong interest in railroads! Add in the fact that I was associate producer of an award-winning documentary on the subject back in the early 70’s, and it’s no wonder I was hooked when I got a […]

The Future is Smart

Coming in 2018, American Management Association’s AMACOM books:
Are you ready for the IoT revolution?
The Future is Smart:
How Your Company Can Capitalize on the Internet of Things
—and Win in a Connected Economy
W. David Stephenson
The Internet of Things (IoT) will soon be everywhere—embedded in interconnected devices we’ll use every day.  Already, cars, appliances, and wearables transmit real-time […]

IoT Intangibles: Increased Customer Loyalty

There are so many direct, quantifiable benefits of the IoT, such as increased quality (that 99.9988% quality rate at Siemens’s Amberg plant!) and precision, that we may forget there are also potential intangible benefits.
Most important of those is customer loyalty, brought about by dramatic shifts both in product designs and how they are marketed.
Much of this […]

Libelium: flexibility a key strategy for IoT startups

I’ve been fixated recently on venerable manufacturing firms such as 169-yr. old Siemens making the IoT switch.  Time to switch focus, and look at one of my fav pure-play IoT firms, Libelium.  I think Libelium proves that smart IoT firms must, above all, remain nimble and flexible,  by three interdependent strategies:

avoiding picking winners among communications protocols […]

Live Blogging Gartner ITxpo Barcelona!

After a harrowing trip via Air France (#neveragain) I’m in lovely Barcelona, live-blogging Gartner ITxpo courtesy of Siemens — but they aren’t dictating my editorial judgment.
Keynoter is Peter Sondergaard, Sr. VP, Gartner Research:

start with high-scale traditional IT structures, but with new emphasis on cloud, etc. IT system now partially inside your org. and part outside.  We […]

Industry Week Survey: Most Manufacturers Don’t Get IoT

A new Industry Week survey shows that most manufacturers are, at best, just testing the IoT waters, and few have made the management changes necessary that show they understand the IoT’s revolutionary potential to change every aspect of their products, manufacturing, and even their management.
The survey, “The Internet of Things: Finding the Path to Value,” […]

Live Blogging from SAP’s HANA IoT event

Hmm. Never been to Vegas before: seems designed to bring out the New England Puritan in me. I’ll pass on opulence, thank you very much…
Up front, very interested in a handout from Deloitte, “Beyond Linear,” which really is in line with speech I’ll give here tomorrow on the IoT “Essential Truths,” in which one of […]

My take on the IoT at CES

Here I am languishing in bitterly-cold Massachusetts, while all the cool kids are playing with toys at CES!  I’ll try to get over it and give you my impressions of the Internet of Things new product introductions, as filtered through the lens of my IoT Essential Truths:

Perhaps the most important development is Samsung’s whole-hearted embrace of […]


The Internet of Things: filling the Predictive Analytics data void
Predictive Analytics World Manufacturing Chicago 2014
June 18, 20118
by W. David Stephenson
I want to congratulate you on an amazing job with implementing Predictive Analytics.
As the presentations during this conference have demonstrated, a combination of P.A. software and your insightful analysis has helped companies build smarter supply chains, […]">Stephenson blogs on Internet of Things Internet of Things strategy, breakthroughs and management