Panel Discussion – Plotforming IoT: What makes an IoT Platform Transformative

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Session Abstract:

We all know the essentials. A basic IoT platform must connect devices, must be able to collect data, must handle thousands of vendors, hundreds of standards and must be able to scale to millions of devices sending billions of messages.  To deliver true value beyond the basic platform, we can add security, privacy, insight generation and close loop automation. But what are the capabilities and the supporting technology advances that allow an IoT Platform to become an agent of transformation for a business? We’ll explore these key capabilities, features and technologies that are moving IoT Platforms from infrastructure enablers to business imperatives.


Sarah Cooper – Vice Chairwoman at Internet of Things Community

David Bartlett – CTO GE Current
Chris O’Connor – GM Internet of Things, IBM
Sam George – Partner, Director – Azure IoT & Service Fabric, Microsoft
Steve Blackwell – VP Engineering at Emerson

Sarah Cooper – Vice Chairwoman at IoT Community (Moderator)
IoT_Community_Logo_Medium-e1466558425335-resized-200x150Dr. Sarah Cooper is Vice Chairwoman at the Internet of Things Community (IoT Community) and is a 2015 Silicon Valley Woman of Influence, a recognized Top 100 Wireless Technology Expert by Wireless World, one of Connected World’s Women of M2M, inventor, multidisciplinary entrepreneur, inventor of an IoT medical battery that runs on body temperature and a PhD in Physics from University of Sydney.

IoT Slam Internet of Things Conference Microsoft, James StatenSam George – Partner, Director – Azure IoT & Service Fabric, Microsoft
Sam George is the Director of Azure IoT, responsible for the Azure IoT Suite, Azure IoT Services and our IoT Device SDK. He has been at Microsoft since 1997 years and has spent time in all three engineering disciplines (development, test and program management). Sam spent most of his career as a dev manager, dev lead, or developer and in 2011 I switched to a program management leadership position. Sam is responsible for Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Internet of Things (IoT) offerings. As a GPM he is responsible for Microsoft’s developed facing platform offerings, including features and API shape – as well as business and market strategy. His team works directly with customers and top tier partners to evolve the product.

David Bartlett – CTO GE Current
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - GEDave Bartlett Dave is the Chief Technology Officer for GE Current, located in San Ramon, California. Current, a digital power service, brings innovation in one place by combining GE’s capabilities in LED, Solar, Energy Storage, Onsite generation, and Electric Vehicle infrastructure into a sustainable energy ecosystem that benefits customers and partners. Dave was the Chief Technology Officer for GE Aviation, a world-leading provider of jet engines, components and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft. Prior to joining GE, Dave was IBM’s Vice President of Smarter Physical Infrastructure, and a spokesperson for IBM’s “Smarter Planet.” Dave earned his MBA at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, in addition to completing graduate programs in Computer Science and Project Management. Dave is also a Biologist with a degree in Biology from the State University of New York.

Chris O’Connor – GM Internet of Things, IBM
IoT Slam Virtual Internet of Things Conference - IBM, Chris O’ConnorChris O’Connor is the General Manager, Internet of Things for IBM. Chris’s current responsibilities are focused on growth of this area for clients and IBM. Prior to this role, Chris was responsible for the product strategy and engineering of the IBM Tivoli Software Division in IBM and similarly for the Industry Solutions Software division around Smart Commerce and Smart Cities.  His roles have involved successive responsibilities around arranging patterns of software for industry as well as IT data center value. Chris is an active member of the IBM Growth and Transformation Team and has served on the IBM Technology Team. This role reports directly to IBM’s CEO and senior leaders. He has been active in the IT Industry for the past 25 years both within IBM and at other industry software providers.

Steve Blackwell – VP Engineering at Emerson
Steven Blackwell is the Vice President of Engineering for the Data Center Solutions business of Emerson Network Power. He manages a technology and research team focused on data center infrastructure devices and management technologies. His particular areas of interest include device intelligence, system management and control, and remote presence technologies. Steve brings over 30 years of engineering and management experience to the Emerson team, having held design and management positions with Motorola, Adtran, and Centillium prior to joining Avocent in 2003. His development experience includes hardware, firmware, software, and DSP design, and he holds 24 US patents in the fields of data communications and video processing. In previous roles, he participated in data communications standards development, serving in leadership positions in the ITU-T and in FSAN during the development of the foundational DSL standards. Steve is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama (BSEE, 1986), and he holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University (1996).

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