Allen Bernard is a freelance technology journalist, editor and business writer with 18 years of experience covering cloud, IoT, cyber security, networking, and many other tech topics.
As blockchain turns the corner on its tenth anniversary, the future of this and other distributed ledger technologies looks bright. Most commonly associated with the crypto-currency Bitcoin, blockchains are increasingly being explored for myriad uses in healthcare, supply chains, and logistics, and, particularly, finance.
"Blockchain has been the No. 1 search term on gartner.com since January 2017," writes Gartner's Kasey Panetta.
While blockchain is the most widely recognizable distributed l...
The calendar has already rolled over to 2019, but just barely, so there's still time for some 2019 cybersecurity predictions. What follows are few pretty safe bets for 2019 when it comes to cybersecurity. For this article, I focused on broad trends, not point solutions -- like using AI to spot suspicious behavior -- that may or may not enter widespread adoption.
So, here are five things that, reading the tea leaves (i.e., surfing the web looking for an informed opinion as well as looking back...
I wrote and edited all 17 of these case studies over the summer of 2018. Each case study was created from interviews with company executives and in-depth, written answers to survey questions.
From the website: "The Technology Business Management (TBM) Council is thrilled to announce the 2018 Award Finalists! The top 17 organizations have received the highest honor for technology and finance teams for their use of the TBM discipline to demonstrate and maximize value for their organization and people."
White paper: How digitalization improves steam power plant performance with advanced process control
This ABB thought leadership white paper is designed to showcase the company's deep knowledge and expertise in optimizing power plants using digital technologies. I worked with a team of marketers and industry experts to create this paper.
This is just one of 17 in-depth case studies I worked on this summer for The TBM Council in support of their annual awards program.
When Iridium Communications Inc. launched its first satellite network in 1998, cell phones were still just phones -- you called people, people called you. Any phone that could be categorized as "smart" was just hitting the market. At the time, Iridium's big idea was to provide satellite-based cell phone service to anyone anywhere in the world.
While this was -- and still is -- a great idea, what the company didn't anticipate was the rate at which land-based cell phone towers would be erected....
Author's note: This is an article I helped write and edit for industrial technology provider ABB.
Although predictive maintenance provides information for timing maintenance activities accurately, it has limitations. Acquiring data using a handheld device (a common practice) is labor-intensive and takes people away from other more productive activities. It is also difficult to gather data from equipment that is in hard-to-reach areas, or areas that pose a danger to the person collecting the data.
However, advances in wireless technology (including a significant drop in deployment costs) a...
This is the 2nd white paper I've done for the IoT Cybersecurity Alliance, an industry group made up of Symantec, Palo Alto Networks, AT&T, Qualcomm, IBM, Trustronic, and Nokia. The goal of the alliance is to lift the veil on IoT security so all can benefit from the potential of these exciting new technologies.
Worked with senior ABB management to produce a white paper explaining how digital transformation and collaboration can enhance productivity in the process industries.
Author's note: I worked with a group of 15 cyber security, networking, and IoT experts over a period of four weeks to create this paper.
Demystifying IoT Cybersecurity The Internet of Things introduces new vulnerabilities across the entire ecosystem. Here's what you need to know and prepare for.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming ubiquitous as new and old devices plug into a variety of networks. From smart coffee makers in the kitchen to sensors em- bedded in 20-year-old motors on the factory floor, the IoT is expanding rapidly ...
As technologies go, augmented reality (AR) is not new, but it wasn’t until Pokémon GO exploded onto the scene this time last summer–quickly becoming the most used mobile app in history–that consumers and marketers were introduced to the potential of this revolutionary technology.