Taking Stock of the World of Real-Time at Mid-Year

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It’s mid-year; half of 2018 is now in the books. Let’s take a look back at our most interesting discussions for the year so far.

It’s almost July 4th, and as we take a break for Independence Day here in the U.S., it’s also time to gear up and get ready for the second half of 2018. Yes, that’s right, half of 2018 is gone already. Time flies when you’re the new editor-in-chief at RTInsights; if you’re like me, I know you’ve got a lot of things left to tackle for the year.

In that light, we thought we’d kick off the back half of the year with a look back at some of our most popular articles of the year, and remind ourselves of some of our predictions:

1. In Business 4.0, IoT is the Great Enabler

Research keeps showing the failure rate of IoT development projects, with a broader digital transformation goal remaining a challenge for many enterprise decision-makers. But IoT could still be the best way to kick off this transformation. (From Reguraman Ayyaswamy, Global Head of IoT at Tata Consultancy Services). HERE.

2. Cloud + Streaming Analytics + Data Science = Five Big Data Trends Now

A look at how streaming analytics, the rise of data science and data scientists’ roles within an organization, and the exponential growth of cloud services and capacity could change the digital transformation path for enterprise in the coming months. (From Anand Venugopal, AVP and head of StreamAnalytix at Impetus Technologies). HERE.

3. RPA is Creating a Billion-Dollar Market While No One is Looking

Robotic Process Automation (RPA), which includes AI and machine learning capabilities used to handle high-volume, repeatable tasks that once needed humans, is coming to many industries. Is your business ready? (From Yanai Oron of Vertex). HERE.

4. Edge vs. Cloud: 5 Factors That Determine Where to do Analytics

Much of tomorrow’s analytics activity will be done locally, close to the source of the data, in compute capacity at the “edge,” or in a public or private cloud. We show you that what you know about your data — and your goals for that data — will drive where your analysis will happen. (From Michael Kanellos, IoT Analyst at OSIsoft). HERE.

5. How Blockchain Technology and Cognitive Computing Work Together

Blockchain gets a lot of headlines these days, and with its distributed ledger technology, as well as new developments in cognitive computing, being turned to practical industrial and other business applications, we’re learning more and more about what they can do alone — and together. (From RTInsights’ Sarah Daren). HERE.

Looking back at our predictions

Of course, we kicked off the new year with all kinds of guesses of how it would turn out. Let’s remind ourselves of how much has happened — and still needed to happen — in 2018.

In 2018, Get Ready for the Convergence of IoT, AI, Fog, and Blockchain

Top 5 Predictions: How IoT Will Remake Transportation in 2018

Blockchain vs. Bitcoin: In 2018, Will We Finally Get the Difference?

Trulia’s Predictions: The Death of Text Search, and Netflix for Everything?

3 Ways Real-Time and Streaming Analytics Could Evolve in 2018

Communications Choice Overload Among Top 10 IoT Trends for 2018

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Consider this the best conference panel you could imagine, a discussion with real takeaways that our enterprise audience — often your customers as well – can use to plot their digital transformation journey.

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And here’s to a great second half of 2018. Tell us what trends you’re seeing. We’re excited to see what happens.

Trevor Curwin

About Trevor Curwin

Trevor has been a new industries analyst and editorial leader in New York and San Francisco for over 15 years, where he has worked in advisory, marketing and capital formation for alternative investments and distributed infrastructure projects. He was Editor-in-Chief of Readwrite, where he turned a 13-year-old tech blog into one of the leading media platforms on IoT and the connected world. He’s an award-winning journalist who’s worked for CNBC, DVICE.com and other NBCUniversal web properties, as well as the Toronto Star, Outside, GigaOm, AWARE Magazine, and Environmental Finance. He’s also a successful angel investor and start-up advisor.

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