IBM appoints leader for its Internet of things practice

IBM appoints Harriet Green to lead its Internet of things practice.

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IBM has formally created an Internet of things business unit on Monday and appointed Harriet Green, the former CEO of Thomas Cook Group in the UK, to lead the new division. Green, 53, has been named vice president and general manager of the new IoT division and will soon oversee a unit that will eventually comprise more than 2,000 consultants, researchers, and developers that take advantage of IBM’s Watson, analytics, and cloud.   When it comes to the Internet of things, IBM has never let the chance to issue a press release slide. Big Blue has been helping clients take advantage of data generated by connected sensors for quite some time, and has for years had several projects focused on the Internet of things. Last year it created a cloud service called IoT Foundations that acted as a sort of data escrow service, where two companies could store and then share their data online in a secure environment. Two years ago researchers at IBM introduced a graphical user interface for programming the Internet of things called Node-RED that is still in use in organizations today. IBM also released a physical gateway and a protocol for the Internet of things in 2013 called MQTT.  

Earlier this year IBM teamed up with ARM to make it easy for engineers to connect any device using ARM’s embedOS operating system to the IoT Foundation service with just a few lines of code. This means that developers building physical products can now send data to IBM’s cloud for analytics with little effort, whether they are making a few prototypes or selling millions.  Clearly Green, as the new hire, is going to take on a well-established practice when it comes to IBM’s Internet of things efforts. Big Blue hasn’t been sitting on its hands, but I still can’t wait to see how it brings Watson into the fold. There is a lot of opportunity to add more intelligence to the Internet of things once more devices are connected to each other. In many cases, that intelligence should be local and on the ground, where real-time decision-making is crucial.

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