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How IoT and Situational Awareness Changes the Management Profession


IoT sensors extend our physical senses beyond our physical reach. Haptic feedback systems enable us to physically feel distant objects and experience events, digital odors can be collected, profiled, transmitted and recreated locally on odor printers, 3D infrared scanners can capture and scale physical shapes and environments and transmit them anywhere to be used by 3D printers or in digital scenes. We can visualize, sense, and mentally and emotionally experience events. These experiences, which are data centric and data heavy, are all supported by IoT. Wikipedia defines reality as, ”The state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined.” With enough sensors collecting data, and with the right VR solutions and sensory feedback systems in place, we can step across the line from virtual to real reality. These technologies enable us to sense, feel, and experience actual events - potentially on the other side of the world. This is a big deal. This can enable experts to be anywhere on the planet, with maximum understanding of local situations. Although many of these technologies are still in their infancy, they hint of a time very soon when the ability to bring distant realities into homes, industry and boardrooms are not only possible, but commonplace. The keys to making this future a reality, are measuring and collecting the right data, transmitting it, and optimizing the sensory experience.


Kevin Benedict serves as the Senior Vice President, Solutions Strategy, at Regalix, a Silicon Valley based company, focused on bringing the best strategies, digital technologies, processes and people together to deliver improved customer experiences, journeys and success through the combination of intelligent solutions, analytics, automation and services. He is also an enterprise digital strategies expert, executive advisor, writer, keynote speaker and futurist. In the past 8 years he has taught workshops for large enterprises and government agencies in 18 different countries. He maintains a busy speaking schedule at technology conferences worldwide. He has over 32 years of experience working with strategic enterprise IT solutions and business processes, and is a veteran mobile industry executive. Kevin spent nearly 5 years working as a Senior Analyst and futurist at Cognizant and in Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work where he wrote numerous reports, over 100 articles, interviewed technology experts around the world and produced videos on the future of digital technologies and their impact on industries. He has written articles published in The Guardian, wrote the Forward to SAP Press' book titled "Mobilizing Your Enterprise with SAP", published over 3,000 articles and was the featured thought leader and digital strategist in the Department of Defense's IQT intelligence journal. Kevin has advised CEOs and CIOs around the world including GE's Jeffrey Immelt. His clients include many of the largest global banks, insurance companies, automotive OEMs, utilities, energy companies, retailers, CPG companies, government ministries and NGOs. Kevin lectures, teaches workshops and consults with companies and government agencies around the world to help them develop and execute their digital transformation and business strategies.