Re: Internet Of Things: In Search Of An Architecture
Maybe 'Silos' wasn't exactly the best choice of words. When we say 'silos' in a business context, we're usually talking about departments breaking themselves off and acting isolated from the rest of the business. Now, much has been said about how bad that is for business in the modern world, where everyone ought to be moving at a quick pace and decisions that affect the whole business ought to be made agily. I think, moving forward, that applies not just to departments within one business, but companies working in the same sector as well, and I'll explain why.
Susan is highlighting here the very real need for standards and architecture in the 'internet of things'. What does that really mean, though? Saying that two internet-connected items should capture, parse, and store their data in a way that is somehow uniform (so they can share data and talk to each other). That sounds great - for us. What if your competitor makes the other device? Nevermind going out of your way to cordon your data off from them, are you going to go out of your way to give it to them? I hope in the long term, companies will see that it's better for the whole business ecosystem to adopt some standards (just like cell phone chargers and memory cards), but in the short term, I think we'll be looking at a lot of non-sharing devices.