SNS: Special Letter: The Internet of Things is Really the Internet of People

2014-04-15

Volume 17, Issue 15
Week of April 14, 2014
In This Issue
Feature: Special Letter: The Internet of Things is Really the Internet of People

  • Great Technological Vision and Innovation Won’t Be Enough
  • What Might These New-Wave Jobs Look Like?
  • What the CEO Needs to Do
  • About Mark Hurd

Publisher’s Note: Mark Hurd has already proved that he can run the largest technology companies in the world, and make money doing it. Given his combined experiences at Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and NCR, I would guess there are few-to-none others with the combined operating experience Mark brings to the job every morning.Having said this, I think our members will find this week’s issue doubly important, as Mark goes beyond the Big Data discussions we’ve all read to an on-the-ground series of examples of what the new Internet of Things will mean in real business settings, and – most interesting of all – handled by real people. Too often these days we find ourselves reading breathless futuristic descriptions of the IoT, without business pragmatism or any human anchoring to create a real sense of what the challenges and opportunities will be inside this new world, how people will manage them, and exactly what kind of people will be needed to do it. There is no doubt we will be following this technology – and human – road map. But there remains a lot of difficulty, I think, in understanding how best to approach the experience. I expect members will find that Mark has brought us all a much-needed guide, as useful as it is fascinating. – mra.

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