The Revolution of the Technology Ecosystem — How IoT is Influencing Enterprise Collaboration


Session Abstract:

Technology experts and analysts have described the Internet of Things as the second industrial revolution with an explosion of connected devices set to deliver the sequel to the dot-com boom from the late 90’s. The hype at the onset of this data revolution was palpable with almost every technology provider seeking to stake their claim within the vastly growing IoT ecosystem. The economic potential was ripe, and still is, but initial ROI for global industries has fallen short. In the current age where we expect instant gratification and results, we have forgotten that it takes time and knowledge to transform people and process like that of the Industrial Revolution. The IoT vendor ecosystem was once highly fragmented with technology providers primarily focused on a vertical offering. For consumers, this created a complex technology landscape riddled with interoperability, security, and scalability challenges – all of which stunted market growth and fueled initial skepticism. But like the first industrial revolution, knowledge transfer and standardization has influenced the maturation of the technology ecosystem to improve user-adoption and implementation. Over time, the fragmented ecosystem was revolutionized. It is now flush with meaningful partnerships and well-integrated technology offerings to help deliver on the economic and transformational promise of the Internet of Things. Join our panel of experts to discuss how collaboration across the IoT community is helping drive market adoption, improve project success rate, decrease time-to-value, and facilitate an inclusive technology community.



As Senior Global Director and Head of IoT Commercial in SAS’ IoT Division, Josh Becker is responsible for the development and execution of the global IoT commercial strategy. He leads a diverse team of business development professionals, with domain expertise across all verticals. Responsible for co-innovating and co-developing with ecosystem partners, Josh and his team collaborate to build differentiated IoT solutions and create net new revenue. Building on the foundational tenet that analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence can improve lives by enabling better decisions, Josh believes that the Internet of Things scales this opportunity significantly and is intensely focused on partnering with others who share this vision. Prior to his current position, Josh served SAS in a variety of roles including: Principal Industrial IoT Business Development Executive, Manufacturing & Industrial Direct Sales, Manufacturing & Supply Chain Industry Consulting, and Manufacturing Solutions Architect. Josh serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Warranty and Service Contract Association (GWSCA), a non-profit organization focused on providing innovation, education and resources to the warranty and service contract industry. Prior to joining SAS, Josh led the Reliability Engineering team for what is now Sub-Zero Group, Inc., a manufacturer of luxury appliance brands Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove. Josh received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well an MBA in Technology Management.

Rich Lansdowne is a Senior Director for Business Development within the Semtech’s wireless LoRa business unit and holds a masters in information engineering from Southampton University, UK. A 30-year industry veteran with extensive experience in wireless, carrier networking, mixed-signal system-on-chip design as well as low-power IoT and cloud services. He has spent the past 25 years with Semtech and since 2015, has been 100% focused on LoRa and LoRaWAN. After spending time building up Semtech’s LoRa Cloud Services in support of their ‘silicon to cloud’ concept Rich is focused on building partnerships make IoT faster and simpler.

Julie Bushell is an experienced, results-driven leader and visionary designing and implementing connectivity solutions to solve rural America’s large connectivity gap. Passionate about empowering and shaping the sustainable industries of the future through technological advances in IoT, Broadband, Biosecurity, Water Management, and Precision Agriculture. Bushell’s career has been laser-focused on rural economic development since joining Paige in 2004 and becoming a partner in 2013. Her passion for our country’s producers and their ability to compete on a global scale drives her business, from products and services to emerging technology and advocacy. In March 2019, Bushell spearheaded the creation of Paige Wireless, a new innovative arm of Paige Electric. Paige Wireless was born from Bushell’s dedication to continuous improvement, and her passion to connect the under-served. She believes measurable societal advancements are born in rural America. Julie believes technology is the tool to bridge the digital divide, but it’s the relationships between people, communities, and businesses that contribute to the strength of our nation. Beyond her work at Paige Wireless, Bushell is involved in the Irrigation Association where she serves on the Board of Directors. She has also served as Chair of the Government Affairs Committee from 2017-2019 and Vice-Chair from 2015-2017. Her work has spanned multiple technology innovation initiatives and successfully advocated for connectivity to support them in the 2018 Farm Bill. Bushell serves as chair for the “Encouraging Adoption of Precision Agriculture” working group for the FCC’s Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force, as well as sits on the Task Force. She is also Issue Lead for Telecommunications for American Agri-Women.

Nicole Raimundo proudly serves as the Towy of Cary’s Chief Information Officer. Nicole was recently awarded the North Carolina Technology Association’s 2016 Public Sector CIO of the Year Award. She is a passionate technology leader with both private and public sector experience. Nicole promotes the value of partnerships and innovative thinkers in government while continuously pursuing new models of civic innovation for collaborative citizen facing projects. Nicole serves on the Advisory Boards for Wake Technical Community College and Smart Cities Connect as well as is the Chair of the CIO Regional Triangle J Council of Government. Before coming to the Town of Cary, Nicole served as the Chief Operating Officer for the City of Raleigh where she was responsible for the creation and direction of the award winning Open Data program for the City of Raleigh. Previous to that, Nicole spent 15+ years in the private sector leading both onshore and off shore development teams.

Kirsten M. Walker is Chief of Staff Data Governance, Azure Data Microsoft. During Kirsten’s 12 year tenure at Microsoft, she has leveraged her deep expertise in customer and partner engagement in the field of IoT, Data and AI in order to accelerate digital transformation across multiple industries. She has managed the Azure IoT and Azure AI solution development and Go To Market approach for several large Global Systems Integrators, establishing strategic partnerships and leading iconic customer wins.
A graduate of Virginia Tech, Kirsten resides in Leesburg, Virginia with her family and her French Bulldog. Outside of work, she can be found cheering for her daughter, the only female High School football player in the county, sending “bear spray” to her son, a Forest Ranger in Wyoming, supporting Loudoun Habitat for Humanity as a Board Member, or out cycling with her husband on the weekends.

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