100's of M2M / IoT blog posts.

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

    by
    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

    by
    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

    by
    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

    by
    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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  • M2M: Making us more productive, safer and ... lazy?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    When I watch TV (and am not PVR-ing through all of the commercials, which is most of the time), I started to notice an awful trend. It seems that there are a huge amount of ads aimed at making us lazy and even keeping us that way (such as: “Don’t exercise or eat well, just take this pill”)...

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  • How ballistic COULD M2M become?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    Not sure about you, but I find that I do some of my best thinking trying to kill time during all of the tedious steps involved in flying. I wonder how much faster Edison would have discovered the light bulb if he had to stand in line to board planes a couple of times a month?

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  • High Tech Garbage Cans FAIL the Privacy Test

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    As leaders in this new M2M market, we need to ensure that we don’t push the envelope of doing ‘what is cool’ without first factoring in the implications. That's the essence of my recent guest blog post on M2M Now. Take a read...

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  • Good reads about M2M that should not be missed

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    As much as I enjoy writing about the M2M industry, I also enjoy reading other good articles and blog posts about it just as much. What has amazed me is how far along the industry has come, and the level of writing/knowledge used in many of these articles illustrates that growth.

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  • 7 Unique Ways M2M is changing the Face of Retail

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    One of the industries that has seen the most amazing technological changes is the retail industry. To many people, stores haven’t changed all that much....they are still a place to buy things you need. However, this industry has done a great job in using technology to improve the way that we shop, while finding ways to reduce costs.

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  • How do you score on Cisco's IoE Value Index?

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    what your company's IoE Value Index score is? If you don't, you're not alone. To be honest, I have only heard about this recently, as I suspect that it is something that at least some of you will be reading about here for the first time. I like it when big companies start to invest more marketing dollars in M2M, as we get more cool tools to sell with! All kidding aside, Cisco's index is quite interesting. In a recent survey, they examined how companies are using IoE/M2M solutions and gave them scores based on 21 different criteria.

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  • RIM's demise highlights fickle nature of consumer electronics

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    As a Canadian (yes, that explains why I say "about" funny, and throw in the odd "eh" here and there), it is with a sense of pride that I used to talk about RIM (now going by the name Blackberry, but they will always be RIM to me). For a company to come out of the little region of Kitchener-Waterloo area (an area that I have always loved)...

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  • M2M Webinar: Maximizing M2M Sales by Vertical

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    f M2M sales are in your radar, it’s essential you know where to find the right kind of customer. On top of that, you need to understand the pain points of each customer vertical. Watch now and learn from Novotech’s Larry Bellehumeur as he identifies ideal candidates for you to pursue in various vertical markets including:

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  • M&A in the M2M space: 5 Hunter and Prey Predictions

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    Telit recently announced it has entered into a deal to acquire ILS. On all levels, this deal made a lot of sense for Telit, as the acquisition seems to fit well into their overall strategy of a complete offering for their customer base.

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  • Top 10 things M2M customers are not being told

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    One of my favourite types of blog posts are the ones with titles like “10 things that [fill in the blank] won’t tell you”. These posts tell things that this entity (whether it be a company, profession or service provider) doesn’t want you to know. It may be that they are overcharging for things and you can find alternatives for much less.....it may be that there are future issues that you are not aware of which will either cost you a lot of money or will lock you into proprietary solutions without your knowledge ...or it may be that they are “selling things” that you do not need.

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  • When M2M customers have M2M customers of their own

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    I heard an interesting story the other day, and it reminded me of one of the interesting hidden benefits of using an M2M solution. The company that deployed the M2M solution was in the "food fluid" industry, in that they helped restaurants/cafeterias with a wide range of things from delivering fountain pop syrup, to maintaining grease traps, to maintaining the cooking oil used in their fryers...

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