CES 2015 – a smart show for a smart tomorrow.

CES 2015

Consumer Electronics Show: smart devices, IoT, IoE and more

Enthusiasm was high at this year’s #CES Show. Along with 170,000 tech enthusiasts, I trekked through 35 football fields of products and services to experience the future of technology. From the latest in smart homes, 3D printers, robotics, wearables, video, and audio, to futuristic self-drive autos, I saw innovation across the entire technology ecosystem.

More so than CES 2014, everything is connected. The Internet of things (IoT) has grown by leaps and bounds: Smart cars, smart appliances, smart toothbrushes, smart clothing, smart baby rockers, and more. Now we can monitor everything from the location of our home keys (a function which will be short-lived if we all get smart locks for our homes), to our heart rate at the 2 mile mark, to the moisture content of our face.

Last year Cisco introduced the concept of the Internet of Everything (IoE). While some use IoT and IoE interchangeably, Cisco, along with other industry insiders make a notable difference. IoT represents the billions of connected devices (things). IoE expands the concept to include the smart networks, tools and applications that will be required to support and use all the data that billions of Internet connected devices will create and transmit.

While CES is traditionally focused on “consumer” oriented products, it’s not hard to see how the IoE is beginning to affect companies. As devices get smarter and grow in adoption, more and more employees will use their own devices at work. Companies will need well-defined BYOD policies that encourage productivity and employee satisfaction, while limiting security risks.

Stronger bonds between operational department managers and IT will be created through the increased collaboration needed in assessing and operationalizing new devices, platforms and databases.

Businesses will rely on their broadband connections more than ever. Dependable broadband Internet with premium uptime, high packet delivery and QoS, in addition to responsive technical support will be a must.

The IoE will generate virtually limitless data that will need to be stored, assessed, analyzed and protected. Cyber attacks will be a primary concern for most businesses. Companies will invest in skilled analysts and new robust analytical software to harvest big data. Customers will seek out companies that use their data intelligence to meet their needs.


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Jenny Bourbiel

About Jenny Bourbiel

Jenny Bourbiel is Vice President of Marketing for Skyriver. She oversees marketing, public relations, product management and customer relationship programs for Skyriver. A new addition to the Skyriver portfolio of services is the company's innovative 5G class millimeter wave broadband service, Skyriver Magnitude (TM). As a lifetime marketer and technology enthusiast, she bonds smart customer insights and creative thinking to connect people with Skyriver broadband services in profound and lasting ways. Since joining the Skyriver team, her customer centric initiatives have strengthened new customer growth as well as customer loyalty. Jenny brings a wealth of marketing knowledge to Skyriver, in both executive and brand management roles with leading consumer and technology brands including Verizon Wireless, Hilton Hotels, DirecTV, WD-40, and AT&T Wireless. At AT&T Wireless, she managed the marketing strategy for next generation wireless services, including the launch of the American Idol partnership that fueled the popularity of texting in the U.S. Prior to joining Skyriver, Jenny was a Marketing Consultant, working with companies such as Cox Business, where her campaigns earned the CTAM Marketing Excellence Gold Award. Earlier, Jenny held the position of Marketing Vice President for Buzztime, an interactive online gaming company. Jenny’s passion for marketing extends to her community involvement. She has sat on various marketing committees, and was on the Board of Directors for the Arts Center Foundation. Jenny holds a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University with an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Spanish.