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Welcome to the latest installment in the battle of two tech titans. Last week Alphabet announced that Nest is being merged into Google. See Fortune's summary: Google Will Absorb Nest Developers. This is the denouement to the saga that started in April, tied to infighting between the Google and Nest teams. I dissected this "silo-itis" in Why #Nest is Down, #Amazon Up, in #IoT for the #Connected Home. Now some unsurprising new developments since Tony Fadell, the CEO of Nest, resigned in June. Here's what Google is trying to achieve by "re-absorbing" the troubled Nest group: A single boss: Hiroshi Lockheimer A unified IoT platform: includes the Google Home smart speaker and other Home products A more coordinated strategy (tbd) to address the Smart Home market Cost efficiencies and economies of scale Less squabbling These are good moves. But they still don't solve the un... (more)

IoT’s Adolescence | @ThingsExpo @Xopher5 #BigData #AI #IoT #IIoT #M2M

The IoT continued its toddler-like growth and stumbles in 2016. Here are five trends to look for in 2017 as the IoT enters its adolescence and how to benefit from them. 1. Ecosystems begin to determine winners and losers Previously these were nice in-the-future concerns; now they will really count. Filling out a whole product value proposition through partnerships has repeatedly proven its importance across B2B and enterprise software sectors. In the IoT, they will be even more critical. As an example, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) is driving the definition of platfor... (more)