Enterprise hits and misses - talking IoT and blockchain futures, while data privacy is bought and sold

Profile picture for user jreed By Jon Reed January 10, 2019
Summary:
In our triumphant/petulant new year's return, hits and misses features the impact of IoT, blockchain and cleantech. Retail omni-woes are nudged off center stage by a slew of data privacy controversies. Your whiffs include an underwhelming war of the machines.

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Lead story - The future of IoT, cleantech and blockchain - and a diginomica podcast reboot - by Den Howlett

MyPOV: With the daily Alexa-style podcast in mind, Den has officially rebooted our diginomica podcast. We know there are enterprise information addicts out there, aka discerning listeners, who want the daily rundown. And: Den has squandered enough money on audio aficionado gear to make your eyes water wisely invested in great equipment for primo sound quality.

Den shares our semi-evil plans in Future Enterprise - our foray into the world of podcasting, but you can expect a combo of concise/edgy daily wraps along with the occasional deeper convo such as this meeting of the minds with Den and reformed curmudgeon clean energy enthusiast Tom Raftery:

With stats like those, it's easy to understand why Raftery is feeling chuffed. How does IoT fit in? Den:

On the IoT front, Raftery referred to a recent customer visit where the power management provider was talking about developing smart meters that allow customers to choose the type of power they wish to consume and then switch using their smartphone. The next step will be for those same meters to auto switch between suppliers depending on customer chosen preferences. In a future state, that might be every few seconds.

Let us know what you think - the format will be fine-tuned to your feedback and interests.

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Diginomica picks - my top four stories on diginomica this week:

Vendor analysis, diginomica style. Here's a use case and a BI special from yours truly:

Den got the lowdown on MicroStrategy's ambitions in MicroStrategy 2019 - Hyperintelligence plays to the emerging voice market:"The more interesting question comes around the new methods of deployment and specifically voice and vision. Voice is available today, so you can speak to your chosen voice enabled device and get the information needed in fairly short order. How well that works in the real world is yet to be proven."

A couple more vendor picks, without the quips:

Jon's grab bag - Brian's December enterprise month in review has the requisite mix of pungent barbs, insights, and buzzword snark for dork terminology like “AIQ” – Artifical Intelligence Quotient. Cath raises a potent question about our data dilemma in Tackling the corporate data literacy shortfall in 2019:

While the advantages of improving corporate data literacy are clear at both an organisational and macro-economic level, what is not so clear is what will motivate employers – with one or two notable exceptions – to do something about it?

Meanwhile, no one better than Den to help us parse WTH is happening to the stock market our macro-economic questions - and how to respond - in Stock shock and fixing the roof.

Finally, if you fancy my attempt at contrarian inspiration for the new year, check 2019 productivity gut check - don't let metrics squeeze your value.

Any competitive advantage I have achieved in the last five years is directly tied to the creation of high-value deliverables.

Best of the rest

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Lead story - Data privacy and security breaches vs convenience and corporate profits - is the U.S. at a tipping point? Articles by Joseph Cox and others

myPOV: 2019 has kicked off with another flurry of data privacy money grabs corporate misbehavior and disconcerting security breaches. As we've chronicled on diginomica, for better and sometimes for worse, Europe has been more aggressive on privacy than the U.S. But will a change come in the U.S. in 2019?

Over on Motherboard, Joseph Cox' reveal that he paid a bounty hunter 300 dollars and the bounty hunter located his phone location exposed how "T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers’ location data." Cox reports that AT&T subsequently announced they would stop selling location data to third parties after Motherboard's investigation (T-Mobile seems to be claiming they are stopping this practice in March also).

Cox quoted Senator Ron Wyden, who isn't impressed:

For the second time in six months, carriers are pledging to stop sharing American’s location with middlemen without their knowledge. I’ll believe it when I see it. Carriers are always responsible for who ends up with their customers' data—it’s not enough to lay the blame for misuse on downstream companies.

AT&T didn't flatter themselves by pushing the customer value argument in their apology:

We have decided to eliminate all location aggregation services - even those with clear consumer benefits.

So consumers must choose between data privacy/integrity and beneficial services? Perhaps, but that seems a false choice, and a misleading narrative for AT&T to be pushing. The same goes for offering IoT services but failing to encrypt the data.

At the least, consumers should be opting in or out - not being opted in automatically by profit-craving telecoms. Wyden believes tougher regulations are needed; we'll see if any are passed. The notion of a GDPR for the U.S. is picking up some steam, which we've covered prior.

Is the U.S. consumer ready to take a stand for privacy over convenience? That's an open question. Without educated consumer pressure, it's hard to see a big change coming. For now, expect the breaches, privacy fails, and self-serving apologies to continue.

Honorable mention

Whiffs

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So smartphone users have been warned to be careful of the antichrist. Though the warning isn't as loopy as I was expecting - it's kind of sensible, in a goofy/hyperbolic way.

Maybe an expert on millennial experiences can help me out with this conundrum:

Isn't there a tension between "experiences" and bargain hunting? And what does Delta know about experiences anyhow, aside from bad ones?

If you missed CES this year, you missed out on the religious pompous Las Vegas unveiling of tech that will eliminate human suffering change everything: such as the fully immersive, intelligent toilet experience. No word yet on whether Delta will turn its airplane bathrooms into in-flight toilet experiences...

Looks like we can add Sting of The Police to our tech visionaries list:

Every breath you take indeed. Finally, there is this:

And yes, we later learned that this was a PR stunt. I think the point stands. See you next time...

If you find an #ensw piece that qualifies for hits and misses - in a good or bad way - let me know in the comments as Clive (almost) always does.

Most Enterprise hits and misses articles are selected from my curated @jonerpnewsfeed. 'myPOV' is borrowed with reluctant permission from the ubiquitous Ray Wang.