#ITWCIOT: An ITWC Twitter chat on the Internet of Things

Updated July 30 at 3:17 p.m. ET: We had a great Twitter chat on the Internet of Things! Thanks again to everyone who joined. In case you missed the chat, keep reading on for a recap of curated tweets.

With the Internet of Things set to become a trillion-dollar industry, interest is running high in the concept of a world where devices are all connected and where we can harness massive amounts of data for insights. We’re holding a Twitter chat on Wednesday, July 30 at 1 p.m. ET, running until 2 p.m., at the hashtag #ITWCIOT. If you’re on Twitter, we’d love it if you joined us!

This Twitter chat has been sponsored by Telus.We’re also pleased to have three guest experts joining us for the chat:

JonArnold Jon Arnold, principal of J Arnold and Associates. Having covered the telecoms and Voice over IP (VoIP) industries as a longtime blogger and consultant, Arnold comes with armed with a vast amount of experience and insight into what connected devices may look like in the coming years. Find him on Twitter at @arnoldjon.     Sachin-Mahajan 



Sachin Mahajan, the director of M2M at Telus Corp. Sachin’s mandate at Telus is to enable all business units to monetize M2M products and services effectively. His purview includes managing platform, products, pricing, processes, channel, and go to market strategy for M2M. Over the past 15 years Sachin has driven multiple strategic programs for CxOs spanning four continents and seven countries. He’s a telecom enthusiast and has helped setup strategic partnerships, lead mergers and acquisitions, formulated corporate strategies, and launched new products and services. He’ll be joining us from a Telus account: @TELUSbusiness.

Also from Telus, we have Greg Stark, senior product manager of M2M at Telus. With a career that has spanned marketing roles at BlackBerry and Canadian Tire Corp., Stark will be sharing his insights on what it means to live in a world of connected devices. You can find him on Twitter at @gregstark.


Laurie Desautels, PwC

Laurie Desautels, director in technology advisory for PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada. For more than 15 years, Desautels has focused on tech strategies and solutions in many different industries, including energy, financial services, education, and the public sector.  Her most recent work is centred around digital strategies in mobile, social, and cloud. You can find her on Twitter at @ldesautels.



And for the full list of questions we’ll be discussing during the chat, read on:

Q1. How do you define the Internet of Things? Is it the same as the Internet of Everything?


Q2. The Internet of Things is reported to be a $19 trillion market, says Cisco’s CEO. How big is the opportunity here and why?


Q3. What industries can benefit earliest from the Internet of Things? Why?


Q4. What tools can businesses use to sift through the data produced in the Internet of Things, and to make that data useful?


Q5. What are some of the privacy and security concerns surrounding the Internet of Things?


Q6. How can these privacy and security concerns on the Internet of Things be laid to rest?


Q7. We’ve been seeing tech companies banding together to build common standards for the Internet of Things. Are these important?


Q8. Have you seen any examples of businesses that have benefited from harnessing the Internet of Things?


Q9. How can businesses start becoming involved with the Internet of Things, if they aren’t already?


Q10. What steps do we need to take before the Internet of Things becomes as entrenched as the personal computer?


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Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of ITWorldCanada.com and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including ITBusiness.ca and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@] soloreporter.com

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