It is the perfect storm! (AI, Cloud, Bots, IoT…etc.)

perfect-stormI am sure everyone who is close enough to technology notices how fast the technology is changing the face of the world. There are a lot of buzz words flying around by most of the vendors who are trying lead the market, just to name few (the most famous)

Cloud

Internet of Things (IoT)

Artificial intelligence (AI)

Machine learning

Bots

Data science

Big Data

Blockchain

I get comments from people saying with always had Artificial Intelligence so what’s new? we always could connect to devices and get data from sensors so what’s new?!

Personally I developed an artificial intelligence based intrusion detection system to detect software attacks, and it was using neural networks. This is was part of a software project in the university years ago.

So What’s new?

In my opinion, it is the perfect storm. A lot of tools and capabilities are available now that was hard to get before and thanks to the “Consumerisation of IT”.

Currently, everyone of us hold a device in his hand all the time (mobile), this device generates and contains a huge amount of data, it has GPS capabilities and always connected. Internet connection is now a commodity and available everywhere. Thanks to the cloud computing power and storage are available at any time 24×7 and cost almost nothing.

When all of these factors gets together then you can connect to any device and analyse data in the cloud all the time using high computing power to build a machine learning algorithms.

Previously, all these components were fragmented and the barrier to entry was very high.

What we are seeing now is the perfect storm. All these components and much more are coming together, the biggest vendors in the world are investing billions of dollars in these different technologies. I don’t see this stopping here. Systems will get smarter, more connected and we will get close to data. Data required for decision making will be obsolete and we will have access directly to the “Decision” at our finger tip — no need to make a decision!

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Say IoT one more time!!

IoT or Internet of Things now is one of the most used terms in the technology world. All the big technology vendors are establishing an IoT related business or developing a related product. Also most of the companies are researching on how to benefit from IoT to increase their bottom line.

It is expected that over $6 trillion dollars will be spent on IoT solutions over the next 4–5 years. The total revenue across all app stores is estimated to reach $100 billion dollars.

The IoT value chain is long and it ranges from devices, devices connectivity, communication technologies, security, solutions development, data science, analytics, and visualisations…etc the list goes on and on. There is a room for many players to participate in the game.

However, my view is that everyone is talking about it but they don’t know exactly what do with it. Most of the presentations and conversation I have seen are sharing the same blueprint architecture and concepts. My take on that IoT solutions yes are complex solutions but they are being commoditized. All technology firms are providing the technology required at low cost and “As a Service”. For example, Microsoft provides the IoT Suite which includes all the essential components to implement an IoT Solution like device connectivity, complex events processing, big data storage, stream analytics…etc.

The value in the IoT solutions is not from the platform itself (of course it is useful) but what you are going to do with the data collected! IoT solutions result in a huge amount of faced paced data.

I think the term “IoT” is not suitable for what it is trying to achieve because just connecting to devices is not useful.

Find the value in the platform before trying to connect devices!

I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Presenting at SharePoint Saturday UK 2014

I am invited for the second time to speak at the SharePoint Saturday UK 2014. I am really excited about the opportunity. Last year the event was very successful with more than 300 attendees; I presented Web content management in SharePoint 2013.

This year I will shift gears towards Power BI. Power BI is the new self-service analytics tool in Office 365. My sessions is

Build engaging Management information dashboards using Office 365 Power BI

Microsoft is driving the technology innovation through cloud first strategy. Power BI is a collection of tools that enables user to visualise data and provides organisations with self service business intelligence tools through Excel. In this session we are going to see Power BI components and build a real scenario for information visualisation and reporting.

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Ready for the European SharePoint Conference 2014

The European SharePoint Conference is less than 2 days away and I’m delighted to be part of such an exceptional line up. The conference will take place in Barcelona, Spain from the 5-8th May 2014 and is Europe’s largest SharePoint event bringing you great sessions and the latest innovations from Vegas.

Browse through the superb conference programme including 110 sessions, keynotes, and tutorials, including topics covering the latest news from SPC14 including what’s new with SharePoint 2013 SP1 – Office Graph/Oslo – new Office 365 REST APIs – Access Apps – Cloud Business Apps.

I will be conducting a session on “Cross-Site Publishing in SharePoint 2013”

SharePoint 2013 introduced a lot of new features in WCM. Cross-site publishing is a great feature that allows the site authors to publish content cross sites and manage the publishing through managed metadata, search, content search web parts and display template. In this session I am going to walkthrough what you need to plan for building a site that can benefit from cross-site publishing.

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The European SharePoint Conference will be run over four days and with over 1000 SharePoint attendee’s already signed up don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to mingle with the European SharePoint Community.

If you will be there ping me on twitter or email to meet.

See you all there.

Social Business Cookbook – soft version for all culture hackers

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Since we presented our Social Business Cookbook in the form of a hard copy booklet, a lot of people have been asking if we would release a soft version.

It’s important to understand that we made the public version because it can enable a rich discussion with other passionate professionals and thought leaders. This makes it obvious that we should indeed make the Cookbook available online. However, it’s also important to understand that we selected parts of a bigger piece of work. Hence, not all models and ingredients are shown, and not nearly all cases are shared. However, it does make it possible to publicly share it:

Some parts of the Cookbook are self-explanatory, and some are not. We’ll start discussing each page and theme a little deeper over the next month, and thereby try to facilitate better discussions and reflections. Do join !

// Thomas (Twitter) & Christian (Twitter

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Reflections on StartupWeekend Cairo January 2012 #swcairo

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After receiving an invitation from StartupWeekend Cairo, On Thursday 19th of January 2012 I headed to Smart Village – Egypt to attend their third run of the event.

I had heard a lot of great feedback on the first runs of the event in Cairo and Alexandria and it was exciting for me to get invited to their first 2012 event.

If you don’t know what StartupWeekend is, please read its details here

Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

I would like to congratulate StartupWeekend Cairo team for their greats efforts, this one of the few events I attended and the event flow was amazing and under control.

Event started with an OK! presentation from Mohamed Abduljalil – Nokia Business Development Manager presenting Nokia products and development tools for OVI apps. it was a typical ready-made marketing presentation lacking enthusiasm and passion.

Next speaker was Dr. Khaled Ismail – Intel Mobile Communications General Manager-Egypt, he delivered great speech about what is a good product and what is a great product. I liked his improvisation, confidence and hitting on the main aim behind the StartupWeekend.

Then at last Abdellatif Olama –Co-founder and CEO of Dare’n’Deal started his speech about elevator pitch it was nice speech with a sense of humor.

After the break all who submitted their ideas started pitching the ideas in 1 minute. It is very challenging to grab attendees’ attention and curiosity in just one minute and the audience should be voting on the ideas they like.

My main reflections on the participants’ pitches are lack of rehearsals, not focusing on core message/value for their product, try to sell the technology not the value or Return On Investment (ROI) and when pitching ROI it was totally subjective nothing tangible or measurable.

My recommendation for all the participants spend more time on rehearsing your pitch, identify core value for your idea and its ROI.

This is my tweets during the event.

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