Mobility, IoT, and the cognitive computing revolution

By Deon Newman

Mobility and the Internet of Things are inextricably linked. By 2020, there will be 30 billion “things” connected to the Internet, and most will rely on wireless and cellular networks to send and receive data. We are talking about a deluge of data, with the amount of data created in the world annually reaching 180 Zettabytes in 2025. It’s no exaggeration to say that the primary purpose of mobile networks will soon be all about moving IoT data and delivering it safely and securely to the location where it will be analyzed and consumed.

For this reason, the Internet of Things will be one of the biggest stars 27 February – 2 March at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. And I’ll be part of the Enabling IoT Platforms session that will cover how important it is to make sure both of these two world-changing technologies work in concert, with interoperability and security serving as a foundation for their mutual success. If you have business that intersects with either of these technologies, you will not want to miss this session.

These are exciting times, to be sure. Within a relatively short period, the Internet of Things has graduated from pioneering idea to a reality, and its impact is being felt everywhere. Across all industries – from automotive manufacturers to utility providers – organizations are connecting mobile devices to transform how they conduct business. This is the promise of the Internet of Things; to transform our relationship with the physical world.

However, in order to realize this promise, we must first possess the capability to collect, analyze, and make sense of massive – and sometimes disparate – data sets. We must be able to combine structured and unstructured data. We must translate data into decisions.

That’s where IBM Watson IoT comes in.

Watson’s brand of enterprise-grade artificial intelligence can quickly process, analyze, and contextualize the insights generated by IoT so that employees can make better decisions, design better products, and offer innovative new services ahead of competitors. We believe cognitive computing is the best way – indeed, the only way – to unlock the real value of the Internet of Things, which will soon be the single largest source of data on the planet.

Given the tremendous market interest we’ve seen in cognitive IoT and mobile solutions, IBM is offering a special complimentary event for leaders in technology at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, 28 February. During this event, my colleague Sanjay Brahmawar, global head of sales for Watson IoT, will share the full capabilities of cognitive IoT, with several forward-thinking business leaders and clients joining him on stage.

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Mobility. The Internet of Things. Cognitive computing. These are not concepts. They are not future aspirations. They are real, powerful technologies that are combining to transform the way we interact with our physical world, both personally and professionally. We are all pushing the boundaries of what is possible with connected devices, and there is an incredible opportunity to change the status quo and exceed customer expectations.

Written By

Deon Newman

Vice President and CMO for IBM Watson Internet of Things

Deon Newman is Vice President and CMO for IBM Watson Internet of Things. He is responsible for brand strategy, digital transformation, digital marketing, and demand generation. Previously, Deon served as Vice President for IBM z Systems, and Vice President, Marketing and Communications,…