Re: Internet Of Things
The general notion that lots of companies are going to be impacted by IoT more than they realize is definitely one I can get behind. If you leave it out of your plans, and your competitor beats you to market with something that really shakes your corner of the market, you'll be kicking yourself - so I definitely agree that everyone ought to take a second look at it. That said, the rest of these points are kind of contingent on some ifs and whens, aren't they? There is definitely some crossover with agile development/DevOps/etc. and IoT, but all that may already be going on at a lot of places. It's never a bad time to write better code and do better testing, but then again it may or may not be your company writing the software.
The standards I think are a focal point here. While we once again come back to the 'if you snooze, you lose' problem, which you're right about, I don't think we're giving due credit to these standards here. It's not just that they'll drive down development, and increase interoperability - it's that they'll drive consumer adoption and satisfaction. While there are many great B2B markets to consider as you mention, the consumer realm is not to be ignored. The consumers will go with the de facto standard, and if you've already gone to market with the wrong one, you may regret it - think blu-ray vs.HD-DVD (I support OIC, for the record). Customers that have already bought your product that might not talk with anyone else's will not be pleased. As the saying goes, you have to break some eggs to make an omelette, though, so I do appreciate your attitude here. Someone has to move first.