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by Dan McAloon If the existing system does fifteen things, write down the major tasks of that system and divide them into as many verticals as necessary to describe the broad functional areas that require attention. If the replacement is intended to be a custom-developed, on-premises system, it’s perfectly reasonable for that system to be expected to accomplish most of the fifteen things in question. However, if SaaS-based solutions are being considered as replacements, keep in mind that SaaS-based solutions are narrow and deep: they are usually highly specialized to take on a very specific vertical and are designed to integrate tightly with other highly-specialized software, feeding cross-referenced information between each other. SaaS solutions are designed to satisfy all your needs in a specific vertical, and that vertical cannot be “the entire operation of the... (more)

The Compelling Driver for the 'Internet of Things'

The Compelling Driver for IoT Is in Services, Not The Devices By Marie Martin I came across a very interesting story posted at the Reviewed.com. Website in the section covering home oven reviews. The headline read “The Smart Home Dominates the Internet of Things.” The story, based on a recent report published by Appinions, a market research firm, stated that while home automation “is used interchangeably” with the Internet of Things, the fact is that the IoT is far bigger than that. “It promises to unify a vast array of industrial and commercial devices and activities, not just y... (more)

Cloud Fulfills the Best-of-Breed Dream

How the Cloud Fulfills the Best-of-Breed Dream By Dan McAloon The Internet has changed the way businesses are constructed: vertical integrations and home-grown systems are being steadily replaced by off-the-shelf solutions, SaaS integrations, and web-based workflows. Documents are no longer stored on a file server halfheartedly maintained by your IT department, they’re centralized in a document-storage site like Dropbox or Box.com. Productivity software is no longer something that lives on your desktop computer in your office, but rather on the cloud using Google Drive or Office... (more)

@ThingsExpo | Google and Samsung Lead IoT Land Rush [by @AriaSystemsInc]

Google’s and Samsung’s Smart Home Deals Lead the Internet of Things Land Rush By Marie Martin If you’re like me – with my busy schedule and all – it’s easy to forget things, especially when I am in a rush to get out of the house for work or for some critical appointment. Usually my mind is fixated elsewhere. I invariably have to ask myself whether I’ve switched off the iron or whatever appliance I happened to be using before I left. Oh, and did I lock the door? Somebody could make a million bucks if they came up with a device that remotely shuts down any appliance large or small... (more)

@ThingsExpo | 'Internet of Things' (#IoT) and Our Homes in 2025 [@AriaSystemsInc]

By Marie Martin Some don’t know but “yes” there is a past for the Internet of Things.  What’s really interesting is what the future looks like. Just imagine the Internet of Things in the year 2025. Can you? Marie Martin The post The Internet of Things: Our Homes in 2025 [Infographic] appeared first on Recurring Revenue Blog | Aria Systems. ... (more)