100's of M2M / IoT blog posts.

  • Let's face it...M2M will replace many entry-level jobs

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    I clearly remember the first time that I used one of those self-checkout machines at a Home Depot. I only had one item and there was a significant line-up at the rest of the registers. It was quite quick and I now use them as much as possible...

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  • M2M: Helping Marketers Everywhere

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    I have to thank our Marketing guru, Carolyn, for the inspiration on this one. She shared with me one of the most unique presentations I have ever seen on the topic of marketing. I encourage you to watch this Slideshare presentation... The idea is simple....if you market like it is 1970, 1990 or even 2003, you are likely wasting your money.

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  • Google M2M: It knows when you are sleeping and it knows when you're awake

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    Of course, the title is a reference to the famous Christmas carol, "Santa Claus is coming to town". The song says that children have to be asleep to receive their Christmas gifts, and it has been an important part of the Santa mystique for generations.

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  • Cisco's Bicycle IoT ad: I am throwing a flag on that play

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    With the Super Bowl just a few days away, I guess I am already in the football mood, hence the title of this blog post. For those of you who are not up to speed on American Football, the expression "throwing a flag on the play" is how an official signals that there was a penalty committed during the previous play. Plus, a flag goes out on the play for the fact that they showed the commercial way too much during the NFL playoffs!

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  • M2M: For now, "just the facts, Ma'am"

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    For those of you whom aren't aware, the title was a reference to the old TV Police show, Dragnet. It was also spoofed in the movie, Die Hard 2, where Bruce Willis changed it to "Just the fax, Ma'am". The reference was that the detective didn't want to hear about any personal ideas or emotion from witnesses, and just wanted the facts.

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  • Welcome aboard, Google

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    In past blogs, I have commented how several large technology companies (from Apple to Microsoft) have moved way too slow when it came to the world of M2M / IoT. These companies simply had too many of the required building blocks in place (combined with the huge growth that this market offers) to not make a serious run at it.

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  • CES: Solving the problems in the world that aren't there?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    For this blog, I am doing my best "Richard Hobbs" impression, as this is more of a rant than a blog. If you have never been entertained by Richard's Rants, take a moment to read some of his interesting, yet rarely boring, thoughts including his recent Annual Predictions... Like over 100,000 other visitors, I was at CES this past week (in fact, still here for a few more hours). The show (in case you didn't know) is hosted in Las Vegas, and besides the fact that very few cities could house 100K or more visitors, there isn't a more appropriate city for it.

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  • eHarmony Profiles for Key M2M Players

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    For the past decade, I have been very happily married. Sure, marriage comes with some ups and downs, but ultimately, it was the best decision that my wife could have made (ok, bad joke, it has been a great deal for me as well). I figured that since it has added to my life, I wanted to do the same for some of my friends....namely, some key M2M companies.

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  • Apple: iThink you are moving too slow into M2M

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    Ok, I should give a disclaimer first....I am a big fan of most of Apple's products. I am a dedicated Mac user and there are way too many IOS devices around my house. I also have 3 AppleTVs and I use a Time Capsule to tie it all together. While I always have complaints here or there, I do find that Apple does a very good job at tying it all together.

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  • Big trends in tech that will make “someone” rich in 2014

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    I was forwarded a great article the other day. It talks a lot about some trends in the technology industry, and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy that we are involved in some of the areas that we are.

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  • An M2M Christmas Wish List

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    Having two small children, I still have the fun of writing the annual list to Santa. They get a warm and fuzzy feeling that always makes me feel both excited and a little jealous of. To give me the same warm and fuzzy feeling that they have, I decided to come up with my own Christmas wish list. This list is what I wish for in the world of M2M. Some of them are what I wish for the entire industry and some are for more selfish reasons.

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  • M2M: Still too much talk with little action at the carriers

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    Over the past few weeks, we here at Novotech have taken a bit of a shot at the analysts for their rapid growth projections in the M2M space (Important legal note: No analyst was harmed in any manner by our actions during the creation of our blogs/rants).

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  • Is M2M a waste of money?

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    As a guest blogger for M2M Now, Larry Bellehumeur writes about hot topics in the M2M space. Sometimes they're safe and educational. Sometimes they're a little more challenging...

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  • Modems - you really do get what you pay for

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    After a long, long time in this space (and I am sure that this applies to many companies, as well as most other industries), you get to see a lot of “shooting stars”. For us, we define a shooting star as a company who comes out of nowhere, has an incredible run (great sales, great momentum) and then they fall as fast as they rose.

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  • LTE and M2M: Like driving a Ferrari through a school zone

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    I think we all like the latest and greatest, don't we? Who wants to buy last year's iPad once the newest one comes out? And, don't even get some people started on fashion....for some, they won't be caught dead wearing something from "last season"...

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  • M2M can't solve everyone's growth needs, or can it?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    M2M offers some explosive growth – a well-documented subject, both in my blogs and in the world of technology. However, based on what I have been reading (and from my own personal experience), I wonder if people are banking on too much growth...

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  • M2M: Now is as good of a time as any, Cisco

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    For a while now, I have been questioning the slow pace that many large technology companies have been showing in their efforts to increase their presence in the field of M2M / IoE. While companies like IBM and SAP have made some good strides, their primary focus has been more from the standpoint of doing great things with the data that comes from an M2M solution (they call it Big Data) as opposed to the overall solution itself.

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  • Why M2M companies need to do a better job partnering

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    I read a great article in the Financial Post that quoted a GE survey showing that 73% of business leaders listed being able to achieve successful business partnerships as an important skill for executive management.

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  • Analyzing the ROI of an M2M Solution - Landline Replacement

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    A lot of customers find the possible return on investment that many M2M solutions offer to be unrealistic. This is an argument that I have heard a few times. I guess if you are using traditional IT measures, it may be true given many of those can take 5-10x longer to return the investment than most in our space.

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  • M2M, SCADA, IoT, Big Data: Glossary for the Non-Nerd Crowd

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    I remember the old joke well....”What does PCMCIA, as in PCMCIA cards, stand for?” The joke was that it stood for “People Can’t Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms”, and there was a lot of truth to that. While it is not quite as bad in the world of M2M (with the number of acronyms, at least), it can be daunting to keep up with this growing market’s new terminology.

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