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This Week in the Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

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The Internet of Things is developing and buzzing all around us. Throughout the week we come across innovative projects, brilliant articles and posts that support and feature the innovators and companies that make our business possible. Here’s our list of favorites from this week’s journey on the Web.

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The Changing Face of High Tech in Minnesota | Star Tribune

Salesforce CEO Discusses New Wearables, Internet of Things Startup Fund | ZDNet

Lighting Up Future Utility Models | M2M Now

Using the Internet of Things to Deliver Effortless Customer Service | Salesforce

Internet of Things Can Increase Effectiveness of Field Workers | Rigzone

Please tell us in the comments below or Tweet us, @DigiDotCom- we would love to share your findings too. You can also follow all of the commentary and discussion with the hashtag #FridayFavorites.

Events Forecast: IoT Events for 2014

We’re past the half way point of 2014, but there’s still lots happening this year including many events that we’re looking forward to this fall. Here are a few that we can’t wait to get to.

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M2M Evolution Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada
August 11-14

The event will kick off with the Battle of the Platforms, which will give a glimpse into the variety of platforms within the M2M industry. A number of industry experts will be giving talks on how M2M technology is changing businesses today. Topics include: Customer service, marketing, industry trends, healthcare, and supply chain management.

Super Mobility Week 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada
September 9-11

North America’s largest forum for mobile innovation and the most influential mobile marketplace that brings together the leading authorities on the connected life all under one roof at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Mobility supercharges everything.

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New York, New York
September 20-21

The greatest show and tell on Earth. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

Dreamforce 2014
San Francisco, California
October 13-16

Want to know where the industry is headed? Come to Dreamforce. Hosted by salesforce.com, named the world’s most innovative company by Forbes three years in a row, Dreamforce is four high-energy days of innovation, fun, and giving back. It’s your chance to learn from industry visionaries, product experts, and world leaders who can help you transform your business and your life.DF14

Internet of Things World Forum London 2014 
London, England
Nov. 25-26

One of the world’s largest IoT events. The Internet of Things World Forum brings together experts and thought leaders to share industry insights and trends. Speakers from Deutsche Telekom, Jasper, ARM, and many other key players in the industry will all present, making this a must attend conference for those looking to learn more about connected devices, cloud computing, and other emerging technologies.

There are tons of IoT, Big Data, Cloud, Connected Product…the list goes…events out there. Which ones are you attending? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll update this post. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for real-time updates from each event.

 

This Week in the Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

Please tell us in the comments below or Tweet us, @DigiDotCom- we would love to share your findings too. You can also follow all of the commentary and discussion with the hashtag #FridayFavorites.

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Internet Of Things in 10 Minutes: Hands-On with The Device Cloud | Salesforce Developers Blog

Connected Medical Devices, Apps: Are They Leading the IoT Revolution — or Vice Versa? | Wired

If It Ain’t Broke, Fix It Anyway: How The Internet Of Things Is Changing The Industrial Enterprise | Forbes

White House Maker Faire showcases offbeat innovations | Washington Post

The Internet of Things isn’t About Things, it’s About Cheap Data | GigaOM

Please tell us in the comments below or Tweet us, @DigiDotCom- we would love to share your findings too. You can also follow all of the commentary and discussion with the hashtag #FridayFavorites.

This Week in the Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

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The Internet of Things is developing and buzzing all around us. Throughout the week we come across innovative projects, brilliant articles and posts that support and feature the innovators and companies that make our business possible. Here’s our list of favorites from this week’s journey on the Web.

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SODAQ: A Prototyping Board with XBee Capabilities on Kickstarter

The Evolution of Arudiuno is Forming the Internet of Things from VINT

The Five Challenges for the Internet of Things Ecosystem via Forbes

How the Internet of Things will Revolutionize Customer Service from the Salesforce.com Blog

Please tell us in the comments below or Tweet us, @DigiDotCom- we would love to share your findings too. You can also follow all of the commentary and discussion with the hashtag #FridayFavorites.

Digi sees a future in linking machines via StarTribune Business

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Digi International has made money for 39 straight quarters — so, of course, it’s reinventing itself.

The Minnetonka-based company sells electronic hardware used to connect machines. While that sounds a lot like the “DigiBoard” serial port products of the distant past, Digi today bills itself as “Your M2M Solutions Expert.”

Unpack that tag line — and Digi’s use of “Solutions” tells you what has changed.

For years, Digi was a product company, in the business of selling products primarily through distributors and mostly to engineering managers at its customers. That’s who made Digi products into a solution.

Now Digi is ramping up efforts to sell an end-to-end solution, working closely with end users to make the data coming from machines something they can actually use.

“M2M,” the other part of that tag line, is shorthand for “machine to machine,” and that is one big opportunity. It’s the technology that takes data from something as commonplace as a convenience store air pump and then routes it through a network and into the hands of a business decision maker.

Last week General Electric Co. made a splash by releasing a white paper predicting massive productivity gains in the coming “Industrial Internet” of connecting to spinning jet engines or a GE freezer. GE’s was just one of a number of recent papers to point to a booming potential market for M2M products and services to create this “Internet of things.”

It’s still early to know how this turns out for Digi shareholders, but it’s how well-managed companies continually reinvent themselves even if they are making money.

“Yes, it’s a company in the middle of a transition, but a transition that began about a decade ago,” said Tavis McCourt, an analyst with Raymond James & Associates. “It is a very slow and deliberate transition. They have not gotten rid of good cash flow businesses or overinvested in growth businesses.”

Joe Dunsmore came to the company as CEO in October 1999, and the story he told was one of first stabilizing the company and then looking for growth within Digi’s traditional distribution channels.

In the middle of the last decade, Digi began its move to wireless with a product approach called “drop in networking,” devices used to connect where wires were impractical. This initiative was a bit of a test, Dunsmore said, as “we fundamentally did not know where the adoption [of this technology] would take.”

But the emerging market of M2M was becoming clearer, and McCourt said this whole time Digi was generating cash flow from its core business to pay for the “very broad-based set of technology assets” needed for a broader M2M strategy, like buying a wireless technology design shop in 2008 with more than 30 engineers.

It also introduced iDigi cloud services to make it easy to bring data from machines to one accessible spot and to build applications to use the data.

To really get going in solutions, Digi needed the capability to sit down with end users and work through the business process changes enabled by connected machines. That’s the solution, and it meant adding people to do that.

That led to Digi recently acquiring Etherios Inc., a small Chicago reseller and consulting firm working with Salesforce.com. Buying a reseller may seem like a curious move even for a hardware producer in transition to solutions, but Salesforce.com has turned itself into a very large provider of cloud-based applications, including for customer service.

The Salesforce vision is of customers’ employees all connected to a social network that includes suppliers and customers. And, apparently, machines like coin-operated convenience store air pumps.

That’s the part that interests Dunsmore. Now preventive maintenance, adjustments to the pump’s performance, firmware updates, coin pickups and a host of other things can be easily executed.

Dunsmore said “machines have feelings, too,” meaning they will tell you how they are doing if you are set up to listen. So here is the future: A district store manager gets a Facebook-like status update from the compressor on one of his food freezers, something like “I am tired, I think I may fail in the next 48 hours.”

Read the Full Article on StarTribune

Build the Internet of Things with Force.com by Joel Young, Digi’s CTO, at Dreamforce

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Joel Young, Digi International’s CTO, presented “Build the Internet of Things with Force.com” at this year’s Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.

The Internet of Things (IoT) will transform human behavior. Here is an overview of the incoming tidal-wave of change the IoT will bring to world, use-cases of IoT solutions in place today and a live example of building an IoT solution with Force.com.

Have questions about the Internet of Things or this presentation? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter.

iDigi + Force.com = Like

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Over the last few days we’ve been feeling the force, especially over the web (check out this awesome Dreamforce leader board). People are excited and inspired by the happenings at Dreamforce. And, we’re excited for the conference to continue, because tomorrow at 10:30a.m. Digi International‘s CTO, Joel Young, will take the stage and talk to developers in our session, Build the Internet of Things with Force.com.

Build the Internet of Things with Force.com will cover:

  • The Anatomy of an IoT solution
  • Make an IoT solution
  • IoT Solution Examples
  • The Internet of Everything Else

“The Internet of Things(IoT) will transform human behavior. Join us for an overview of the incoming tidal-wave of change the IoT will bring to world, review use-cases of IoT solutions in place today, and experience a live example of building an IoT solution today with Force.com.”

Do you plan on attending the session? We might even have something special for our guests. Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter. We’d love to meet you in person. You can also check out keynotes from other presenters here.

Digi International at Dreamforce 2012

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We’re excited to join an innovative all-star line up of speakers at Dreamforce 2012 on September 18-21 in San Francisco. We will be hosting the Developer Track, “Build the Internet of Things with Force.com on Friday at 10:30-11:30am

Dreamforce has been called “the cloud computing industry event of the year.” We have to agree that this lineup of presenters makes for one incredible event.

We will be joining the all-star lineup of presenters including:

Jeff Immelt – CEO, General Electric
Gen. Colin Powell – Former Secretary of State
Angela Ahrendts – CEO, Burberry
Tony Robbins – Entrepreneur, author & peak performance strategist
Sir Richard Branson – Founder, Virgin Group

In our session, will explore real-life applications of the Internet of Things. We’ll look at how connections to physical objects can improve business models, better our world and make a impact on our personal lives. And, we may even have a special treat for you.

Are you going to Dreamforce? What sessions and presenters are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know here in the comments section below or on Twitter. You can see Dreamforce updates, information and commentary with the hashtag #DF12.

If you’re still looking to get your Dreamforce tickets you can learn more here.