It’s no secret that the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at an exponential rate. From connected vehicles to wearable gadgets, RFID sensors in goods, warehouses and manufacturing plants, and a whole host smart devices for both the home and office, we are fast approaching a world where everything and everybody will be constantly connected.
But the Internet of Things means more than simply establishing connections between devices and systems –from a business perspective, it’s opening up whole swathes of new opportunities for creating new products and services not previously thought possible. What’s more, the Internet of Things is creating an explosion of data, and companies can now collect and exchange that data, and integrate new technologies like machine learning to extract new insights and make better business decisions.
In short, the Internet of Things is becoming an incredibly powerful and transformative force for businesses, and is now one of the hottest topics of conversation among business leaders around the globe.
But there are still many questions that these leaders need answered. How can they prepare to incorporate IoT into their digital strategy? What are the biggest challenges that will be faced? What tools will they need in place to adopt Internet of Things solutions? How can security issues be addressed?
It’s imperative that business leaders stay up-to-date on the latest Internet of Things trends and insights, and that they join the right conversations to learn more about how they can successfully implement IoT at their company. As such, it’s important to know who the real power players in the industry are – the top IoT thought leaders working today.
Allow us to introduce you to five top Internet of Things influencers who are making an impact in the IoT world. From journalists and writers to product innovators and CTOs and, add these men and women to your follower list for 2019 and stay current while you carve out your own Internet of Things journey.
- Stacey Higginbotham
- Twitter: @gigastacey
- Followers: 6k
Stacey Higginbotham is a tech journalist, and one of the most prolific Internet of Things writers on the web. A regular contributor to major publications, including Gigaom, PC Mag, and Fortune, she has spent the last 15+ years covering Internet of Things, AI, machine learning and FinTech, and has come to be regarded as a true authority in the future tech sphere.
Higginbotham also runs her own blogsite – Stacey on IoT – where she posts weekly Internet of Things news roundups (and you can subscribe to her newsletter so you never miss a trick), as well as posts covering everything from ‘How to Succeed Building a Startup Today in Industrial IoT’ to ‘How to Get Old Factories Producing New Insights’.
She is also the founder of the Internet of Things Podcast, where she and guests discuss blockchain, Internet of Things predictions, chips, and smart homes and businesses.
- Daniel Elizalde
- Twitter: @delizalde
- Followers: 6k
Daniel Elizalde is an Internet of Things strategy coach, and trains Product Managers around the world to become highly successful at managing IoT products. He is the author of one of the internet’s leading blogs on IoT product management – which can be found at his website danielelizalde.com – and runs expert courses on Internet of Things strategy.
Elizalde is also the creator of the IoT Decision Framework – which provides businesses with a structured approach to creating a robust Internet of Things product strategy – and is the host of the IoT Product Leadership podcast, where he interviews product leaders on what it takes to launch IoT products into the market.
“The Internet of Things is much more than your smart toaster,” writes Elizalde. “The same technology from that toaster can be applied to complex systems that have the potential to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. From Energy to Healthcare, Agriculture to Transportation, Internet of Things innovation can bring meaningful change to our world.”
- Tom Raftery
- Twitter: @TomRaftery
- Followers: 2k
Tom Raftery is the co-founder of Cloud CIX, a regular keynote speaker on all things IoT, and Global VP, Futurist and Innovation Evangelist at SAP.
He is the host of “The Internet of Things Heroes Show” podcast, and posts regular articles on his own website about IoT topics, including predictive maintenance, Internet of Things in healthcare, connected cars, artificial intelligence, and SAP Leonardo – a digital innovation system which combines design thinking services, machine learning, big data, data intelligence, blockchain and Internet of Things into one.
In a recent article, Raftery says: “The IoT hype is over – but the trough of disillusionment typically precedes mainstream adoption. Customers have by now generally accepted IoT as the main driver of digital transformation, however, in 2018, they will be looking for business value and outcomes in every project. There is no doubt that all newly released products and installed assets will be connected with an increasing amount of sensors and intelligence embedded.”
- Rob Tiffany
- Twitter: @RobTiffany
- Followers: 9k
Rob Tiffany is the Vice President of IoT at Ericsson, and is a highly-regarded industry analyst, with a focus on enterprise mobility and the Internet of Things. He is also Chief Technology Officer and Global Product Manager of the Lumada Internet of Things Platform for Hitachi Vantara.
Frequently listed as one of the world’s top mobile, Internet of Things and technology experts and influencers in publications such as Inc. Magazine, IoT Central and Onalytica (among many others), you can keep up-to-date with Tiffany’s latest thoughts and writings at his own blogsite – robtiffany.com – or via his LinkedIn page.
In his most recent post – ‘Generating New Revenue with the Internet of Things’ – Tiffany writes: “Most assets are massively underutilized. This fact is often discovered once assets are made smart and connected to the world of the Internet of Things. Finding ways to increase the utilization of these often-idle assets is one of the biggest payoffs for an organization embarking on the IoT journey.”
- Peggy Smedley
- Twitter: @ConnectedWMag
- Followers: 4k
An internationally-renowned speaker and highly-respected personality in the Internet of Things sphere, Peggy Smedley is an outspoken advocate of connected devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology.
Smedley is the Founder and main content contributor of Connected World – the online magazine dedicated to helping readers understand all the trends in the burgeoning digital world of the Internet of Things. She is also the host of The Peggy Smedley Show – one of the web’s most influential Internet of Things podcasts – and runs the Peggy Smedley Institute, a top-ranked professional organization providing Internet of Things consultation to business leaders.
“Internet of Things digital transformation is upon us,” writes Smedley. “Every waking moment companies are challenged with making decisions that impact short-term and long-term technology investments. For an organization, this means knowing exactly when it’s the right time to move in an ever-exploding marketplace.”
As the Internet of Things continues to gain traction, it’s more important than ever for business leaders to understand the trends, challenges and opportunities the technologies present. As such, it’s essential to stay on top of what the real experts have to say, and by following the influencers listed here, you can be sure you will not only keep abreast of the latest developments, but deepen your understanding of the Internet of Things and how you can leverage its potential for business growth.