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IoT & The Big Dogs

Who Will Cooperate? Who Will Compete? Who Will Collaborate?

A brief item here. I'm curious as to how much competition - as well as "coopetition" and collaboration - the biggest players will be doing as the IoT unfolds.

As @thingsexpo & Cloud Expo approach, I've reached out to all the key IoT people at Cisco, Intel, IBM, HP, SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, and EMC - the biggest of the big dogs - to get their views.

As I see it, the big players will, as always, put the highest premium on maintaining their current customers. This has been the way of the enterprise IT world since at least 1960.

The primacy of hanging onto the customer base is, of course, what also drives consolidation. All the major acquisitions over the past few years in cloud computing, Big Data, and SDN have been to augment current offerings and ward off any intrusion by feisty, pesky startups.

Beyond that basic (and facile) principle, how much cooperation will there be? How many standards wars will there be, and how long will they last? How will the current stacks battles within the world of cloud deployment shape out? Will it continue to matter, even?

And how badly will Amazon and Google intrude into the IoT space? Amazon in particulas has certainly bedeviled the major platform providers in the public cloud space, and Google seems to have joined the fray earnestly this year. How much can they extend their reach into the IoT, as cloud computing becomes a normative way of deploying enterprise IT and serves as the "mere" background for deploying the IoT?

Please fire your questions and comments to me via Twitter. I'll be up for extended interviews and conversations once you do.

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Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

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