(Dennis Curry, Senior Director at Konica Minolta Business)
It was a big week for technology enthusiasts in London! From explosive big data, cyber security threats, the impact of women in the tech world and rising importance of smart cities, Interop presented an amazing London Technology week and we are delighted to have participated. Here are 4 key takeaways from Interop conference in London:
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things will have a significant importance in the future. To put it simple, IoT is the inclusion of software in all devices. According to Gartner, approximately 3.9 billion connected things were in use in 2014 and this figure is expected to rise to 25 billion by 2020. However, Dennis Curry, the VP of Konica Minolta said that the real and ultimate value of IoT derives from its potential to understand the physical world. It is not only an Apple Watch sending you a reminder when you forget to reply to an email, it is not our FitBit wearable congratulating you on crushing your 5km run time. It is a collection of devices, through which we can understand our environment and make better decisions.
It is not surprising that mobiles are taking over, changing not only our personal lives but today’s business landscape and enterprise workforce as well. Phil Smith, the CEO of Cisco was emphasizing the impact of “digital effect” in every organization. In 2019, 40% of all the information will come from servers, therefore companies need to improve the efficiency and work as a collaborative network more and more. Enterprise mobility will not only increase the speed, use of big data and agility, but foster the importance of SMAC in each organization (Social Media, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud).
Big Data & Cloud
The impact of Big Data and Cloud computing has never been more important. Companies need to focus on the right information and obtain a better data context. Failing to utilize it means a big disadvantage within the industry. Furthermore, cloud computing is becoming another buzzword and is closely related to the big data use. Integrating cloud computing allows companies to control information and access it anywhere and anytime.
(Nat Wei, a member of Britain´s second champer, the house of the Lords)
Women in Tech
Quite a few discussions at Interop conference were around the topic of participation of women in the tech industry. How can we embrace diversity and encourage more women to get involved in technology? It was concluded that vitalizing interest in technology from an early age at schools and involving parents is essential. With smart initiatives there could definitely be more influential women like the CEO of Yahoo Marissa Mayer!
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