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Paul’s Tech Term of the Month: Internet of Things (IoT)

According to Wikipedia, the Internet of Things is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable it to achieve greater value and service by exchanging data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices.

These “things” may refer to a wide variety of devices such as heart monitoring implants ,  cars with built-in sensors or smart thermostat systems in washer/dryers that utilize  Wi-Fi  for remote monitoring.

According to Dr. Seuss “things” are mischievous characters from his “Cat in the Hat” book, first published in 1957

The concept of a network of smart devices was discussed some 25 years later in  1982, with a modified Coke machine at Carnegie Mellon University becoming the first internet-connected appliance which could  report its inventory and if newly loaded drinks were cold (super useful!).

The smart devices in my house , car and life are always acting weird  and playing tricks on me so maybe Dr. Seuss was ahead of his time with his creation of “Thing 1” and “Thing 2”.

Gartner predicts there will be over 25 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020. Let’s pray they all work properly and oh what fun we will have doing business intelligence against all that data!

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Paul Grill, Co-Founder and CEO of Infosol Inc., is an information technology guru with more than 40 years’ experience in the IT industry. Recognized as an industry expert, Paul’s vision is to collaborate and develop long-term global relationships, resulting in the successful implementation of business intelligence solutions. Paul believes a company’s success with Business Intelligence is a combination of data and people’s insights and actions. He believes in the coexistence of technologies. With a strong portfolio of clients ranging from fortune 50 companies, start-ups, and middle market, Paul takes pride in his ability to deliver positive transformations impacting company’s productivity and profitability through the application of business intelligence. He is often heard saying that “data holds amazing nuggets that can be used to create limitless BI solutions that make a difference in people’s lives”. Throughout Paul’s career, he has been a speaker, lecturer, and writer sharing his passion for Information Technology and Business Intelligence. On a personal note, Paul is an avid runner, Tai Chi practitioner, and youth soccer coach. Paul’s curiosity for knowledge expands beyond technology with a passion for Ancient Egyptology and Gorillas.


  1. The IoT is a really interesting space that I feel hasn’t truly matured yet. I think your analogy with Thing 1 and Thing 2 is pretty accurate since the devices are a huge security risk at this point in time. Right now since small mostly non-tech companies are the ones creating devices like the internet connected light bulb they have no expertise in the tech side outside of simply making it work. Eventually consumers are going to get smart to the idea and push for a centralized platform for all IoT’s devices. My money is on either Nest or Xiaomi (a Chinese company that has been doing some cool stuff in the IoT area). Once we move towards that centralized platform it would be pretty cool to see what they can do in the BI realm. Like how does your light usage compare to the national average?

  2. Hi Trevor
    Yes, the IoT space is very immature and just waiting for someone to add some order and intelligence to it. I think the companies that will do that will be new because I do not see much in the way of innovative ideas coming from the big a Tech or non- Tech organizations.