I had a great chat today with SAP's Stephan Gatien. Stephan is General Manager of the Telecoms Business at SAP and I met him World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year where we talked about IoT and where telcos fit into the complex ecosystem that is the IoT.
I invited him to come on the show to expand on that conversation, and we discussed how telcos are hoping to move up the value stack, what that means for their partners, competitors, and customers, and how the future looks for all parties in this complex ecosystem
I had a great chat with Rick Bullotta today. Rick is an active mentor, advisor, and investor with startups in areas as diverse as the IoT, autonomous vehicles, AI, digital and additive manufacturing, and others. He is a frequent speaker and recognized expert on the internet of things and advanced manufacturing.
Rick was the co-founder and CTO of ThingWorx, the world’s first platform for creating connected applications to enable the ‘Internet of Things”. ThingWorx was acquired by PTC in December 2013.
Previously, Rick was CTO and co-founder of Lighthammer Software Development, where he identified and created a new market segment for “manufacturing intelligence and integration” software. Lighthammer was acquired by SAP in 2005.
He has held roles in plant operations, sales, product marketing, systems integration, and technology throughout his career, giving him a unique set of perspectives that help him guide and advise companies in these areas.
We had a wide-ranging discussion covering the Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, smart homes, the shift from platforms to apps/solutions, security/privacy challenges, the skills gap in IoT, and where the Internet of Things will be 10 years from now.
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At SAP's internal event d-kom in Karlsruhe recently I met up with Julien Vayssiere, Global Head of SAP's d-shop program. The d-shop program is a combination workshop and peer-topeer learning environment where SAP employees can sit down and learn how to program Internet of Things devices.
Thousands of SAP employees have utilised this free program to upskill into the Internet of Things toolsets.