The Future is Smart: How Your Company Can Capitalize on the Internet of Things--And Win in a Connected Economy
by W. David Stephenson
The Future Is Smart introduces business audiences and the general public to the transformative potential of the Internet of Things (IoT), the emerging combination of technologies that allow everyone who need real-time data about things -- from assembly lines to cows to the human body -- to make better decisions and do their jobs better to share that data instantly.
Equally important, IoT thought leader David Stephenson stresses critical issues that the IoT must address, especially privacy and security, to avoid a failure of public trust, and crucial attitude changes, such as sharing data rather than hoarding it, needed to realize the IoT's full benefits.
The book concludes with a bold prediction that instant data sharing through the IoT will finally allow companies to abandon outmoded linear and hierarchical management styles dating to the Industrial Revolution, replacing them with "circular companies" that spawn unprecedented efficiency and creativity.
W. David Stephenson, principal of Stephenson Strategies, Millis, MA, is an IoT consultant and thought leader. He concentrates on incremental change strategies that help companies to achieve IoT benefits with limited implementation, then reinvest the savings in more dramatic changes. He's also a leader in "SmartAging," a concept of using "Quantified Self" health devices for seniors to improve their health with "smart home" devices (especially voice-activated ones) that make it easier to manage their homes. He created and co-directs the 3,000+ member Boston/New England IoT Meetup, writes a leading IoT blog, and has written two other books, Data Dynamite and Smart Stuff.