Harvard Business School Review: Companies Must Alter Business Models To Leverage IoT/M2M

Posted by Jack McCarthy on October 31, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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iStock_000001925982_MediumThe Harvard Business School Review often publishes blogs about the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications issues and last week, Joey Fitts, used the forum to address the challenges some companies have in entering the world of IoT/M2M.

“One of the biggest obstacles is that traditional functional departments often can’t meet the needs of IoT business models and have to evolve,” said Fitts, CEO of outelligence, a SaaS provider.

One area where companies are challenged is in product design, he said, where new thinking is required. “Specifically, it requires reimagining the business you are in, empathizing with your target customers and their challenges, and creatively determining how to most effectively solve their problems,” he wrote.

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The One Quality to Avoid in M2M Patient Monitoring Providers

Posted by Vijay Kannan on October 24, 2014 at 3:24 PM
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4140082There are many keys to a successful deployment of remote patient monitoring (RPM) devices, which we covered in a recent post on the Beginner’s Guide to Understanding M2M Connectivity for Remote Patient Monitoring.

With all these things in mind, what’s the one thing you should avoid when you’re choosing a provider for your RPM devices?

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Cellular Connectivity or SD Cards: Which M2M Data Upload is Best?

Posted by Vijay Kannan on October 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM
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iStock_000002195721_LargeTechnology is rapidly changing in the M2M industry and, where we once saw SD cards as the best way to transmit data back to your company’s IT network, cellular connectivity is becoming the new standard.
Of course SD cards have their benefits. For example, with SD cards you can control the storage size of the device and upgradesare easier than replacing a hard drive or other permanent storage solution. Data is more secure than the cloud unless the device is stolen. 
Aeris recommends cellular connectivity to handle your M2M needs. For one, SD cards are not always on. They require human interaction to transfer from one device to another for uploading. There are solutions for upgrading older devices to have cellular connectivity. 
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Obstacles Facing M2M Deployment, Part 2: Costs

Posted by Jack McCarthy on October 21, 2014 at 4:27 PM
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Neo_LogoOne of the biggest barriers hampering the explosive potential of the next generation of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions has been the opaque pricing models presented to potential customers by MVNOs and carriers.

In the past, those wishing to access M2M / IoT connectivity often faced a maze of volume requirements, hidden fees, termination fees or cancellation charges.

Neo, powered by Aeris, an online, self-service marketplace to purchase cellular M2M connectivity, is changing all that by radically simplifying the development process, speeding time-to-market, and dramatically lowering costs by 50 percent or more.

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Obstacles Facing M2M Deployment, Part 1: Complexity

Posted by Jack McCarthy on October 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM
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Neo_LogoHistorically, M2M and IoT developers have faced a complex and fragmented industry with dated business models. This is especially true when finding a carrier or an MVNO where the norm is a lengthy sales cycle, a complex on-boarding process, and an opaque pricing model.

Not surprisingly, the traditional way of doing business has not served customers well, as they are often faced with lengthy time to market and unexpected costs as a result of misleading fees and charges.

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