The Innovators of Things

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Dive into the cutting-edge world of IoT with "The Innovators of Things," a podcast series that profiles the builders and leaders of connected devices. Hosted by Jillian Kaplan, this series offers listeners an insider's look at the innovations and challenges shaping our connected future. Whether you're a tech enthusiast or an industry professional, "The Innovators of Things" is your source for inspiration and insight into the ever-evolving landscape of IoT. Join us to explore how these visionaries are crafting a smarter, more interconnected world. read less
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Innovating with Impact: Rob Tiffany on IoT, Mentorship, and Making Technology Work for Good
Jun 21 2024
Innovating with Impact: Rob Tiffany on IoT, Mentorship, and Making Technology Work for Good
Episode Summary:In this insightful episode of “Innovators of Things,” host Jillian Kaplan chats with Rob Tiffany, a notable figure in IoT innovation. They delve into the roots of innovation, discussing whether it’s an inherent trait or cultivated skill, and explore Rob’s journey from the Navy to leading technological advancements in IoT.What You’ll Learn: • How mentorship and unexpected career turns shaped Rob’s path to becoming an influential innovator in technology. • The early days of IoT and how initial concepts in connectivity and problem-solving set the stage for today’s technological landscapes. • Rob’s practical approach to innovation—focusing on solving real-world problems simply and effectively, sometimes with technology that’s already at hand. • Insights into the agricultural applications of IoT, highlighting how technology can address critical global challenges like food production and resource management.Key Moments: • [00:01:00] Rob discusses his evolution from a military background to pioneering IoT. • [00:07:00] The story of how simple solutions in IoT began with vending machines and expanded to broader applications. • [00:20:00] Rob shares his experiences applying IoT solutions in agriculture to improve efficiency and sustainability. • [00:28:00] A discussion on the societal impacts of technological innovation, especially in labor-intensive industries.Rob Tiffany emphasizes the importance of making technology accessible and useful, reinforcing the idea that innovation doesn’t always have to be complex; it needs to be impactful. His experiences underscore the potential of IoT not just in business, but in fostering societal benefits and aiding in global challenges like sustainability and food security.About the Guest:Rob Tiffany is an acclaimed innovator and thought leader in the IoT space, with a rich background in mobile technology and digital transformation. His career spans various roles, from tech startups to major corporations, all focused on leveraging technology to solve real problems.Stay in touch with Rob at http://www.robtiffany.com and make sure to check out his IoT Coffee Talk podcast, which supports the "Elevate Our Kids" charity.
Navigating IoT’s Future: Insights from Warren Jackson of Dell Technologies
Jun 7 2024
Navigating IoT’s Future: Insights from Warren Jackson of Dell Technologies
This week, our host Jillian Kaplan sits down with Warren Jackson from Dell Technologies to dive deep into the fascinating world of IoT (Internet of Things) and its transformative impact on industries.Join us as Warren shares his extensive experience in the IoT space, reflecting on its evolution over the past decade and discussing the nuances between Industrial IoT (IIoT) and consumer IoT. From the early days at GE, coining the term IIoT, to the contemporary applications at Dell, Warren's journey is a testament to the rapid advancements in IoT technology.In this episode, you'll discover:- The surprising use cases of IoT, including the concept of a "smart bathroom" and why it hasn't seen widespread adoption yet.- The innovative applications of IoT in fast food restaurants, from monitoring fryer oil levels to managing refrigeration units.- How AI and IoT converge to create smarter, safer cities, with real-world examples like predictive maintenance in fast-service restaurants and video analytics for security in smart cities.- Warren's insights on the future of IoT and AI, including how AI can enhance IoT use cases in various industries.Tune in to explore the cutting-edge IoT innovations that are shaping our world and get inspired by Warren Jackson's expert insights. Whether you're an IoT enthusiast or just curious about the future of technology, this episode is packed with valuable information and engaging conversations.
Is it time to retire the term "IoT"?
May 24 2024
Is it time to retire the term "IoT"?
Join us as Adrian Valenzuela, IoT expert and Senior IoT Specialist at Software AG, takes us through the transformation of IoT from its early conception to its current state. He shares valuable lessons on innovation, practical IoT use cases, and adapting to technology's rapid evolution.Key highlights from the episode:Embracing imperfection in innovation: “I take more of a “Don't let perfection be the enemy of the good” kind of approach,” Valenzuela says. “I view speed and iterating on ideas to be a much more valuable exercise than trying to nail perfection."Shifting focus from terms to use cases: Valenzuela talks about the variety of terms and acronyms in the IoT space, and why in the end, it’s the actual application that matters. “In the early 2000s when I was doing IoT in academia, that term hadn't really become solidified in the lexicon overall. Now the term IoT is being replaced by specific use cases solving real problems, like smart lights and connected appliances in homes."Adapting to rapid changes in technology: Things go incredibly fast and innovation happens insanely quickly,” he says. He shares insights on how to adapt along with it.On the practical application of IoT technology: “Today’s hardware costs are so low and there’s more ease of implementation. Now the challenge is really figuring out what is the value of this? How can we level up the use cases?"This episode is packed with insights for anyone interested in the tech trends shaping IoT and how to navigate the field's future challenges and opportunities.Tune in and subscribe to our podcast for future interviews with leading experts. And, if you found this episode enlightening, please leave a review to help us grow the podcast community.
Beyond the Blueprint with Cellular IoT: Dennis McCain (AT&T)
May 10 2024
Beyond the Blueprint with Cellular IoT: Dennis McCain (AT&T)
Host: Jillian Kaplan, Dell Technologies IoT leader, seasoned expert in technology and innovation Guest: Dennis McCain, IoT Lead at AT&T, author of "Implementing Cellular IoT Solutions for Digital Transformation"Episode summary:Jillian Kaplan talks with Dennis McCain about the transformative power of IoT, debunking the myth that innovation needs to be a monumental leap instead of a series of incremental improvements. They explore how foundational technologies like 3G set the stage for current IoT capabilities and what the future holds for this exciting field.What you’ll learn in this episode:Incremental innovation: McCain discusses how major advancements often begin as small, incremental steps, using the development of 3G technology as a pivotal example.Business transformation with IoT: IoT is more than connectivity – it increases efficiency, and enables new capabilities like predictive analytics and automated decision-making.Practical advice for IoT practitioners: McCain provides actionable advice on staying flexible and adapting to the rapid pace of technology change.What’s coming next: McCain speaks to the future of IoT, including the potential impacts of 5G and other emerging technologies. Episode resources:Dennis McCain’s book: Implementing Cellular IoT Solutions for Digital Transformation More about host Jillian Kaplan and the Innovators of Things seriesThank you for tuning in to the Innovators of Things. Don't forget to subscribe to the Innovators of Things podcast on your favorite platform to catch new episodes. And, if you enjoyed this episode, please consider leaving a review to help others discover our podcast.