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Digital Things 2.0: Report and analysis of the Silicon Valley Event 2012

Digital Things 2.0: A summary analysis of the Digital Things 2.0 session, held on the 28th March 2012, Marriott Hotel, San Francisco, part of the New Digital Economics Silicon Valley executive brainstorm.

Digital Things 2.0: Event Summary Analysis Presentation

Part of the New Digital Economics Executive Brainstorm series, the Digital Things 2.0 session took place at the Marriott Hotel, San Francisco, on the 28th March, 2012, part of the New Digital Economics Silicon Valley event. Using a widely acclaimed interactive format called ‘Mindshare’, the event enabled specially-invited senior executives from across the communications, energy and technology sectors to discuss new sources of value in M2M and the Internet of Things.

This note summarises some of the high-level findings and includes the verbatim output of the brainstorm.

More information: Andrew Collinson, Research Director, STL Partners.  

Email: andrew.collinson@stlpartners.com. Phone: +44 (0) 207 247 5003.

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Table of Contents:

  • Event Summary Analysis
  • Introduction
  • Contents
  • Table of Figures
  • Introduction and Context
  • Defining and Mapping Business Models
  • Panel Discussion
  • Key Takeaways
  • Next Steps
  • Verbatim Feedback
  • Role of Cellular Networks
  • Panel Discussion
  • Key Takeaways
  • Verbatim Feedback
  • M2M Platforms and the Connected Business
  • Panel Discussion
  • Key Takeaways
  • Verbatim Feedback
  • Commerce, Content, and Connected Things
  • Panel Discussion
  • Key Takeaways
  • Appendix A – Event agenda
  • Appendix B - Event Participants
  • Appendix C - Verbatim Output
  • About STL Partners

Table of Figures:

  • Figure 1: Service enablement revenue growth to pick up?
  • Figure 2: Moving away from in-house, and the key factors in choosing a partner
  • Figure 3: SES growth, connectivity price erosion
  • Figure 4: Migrating towards “stewardship services”
  • Figure 5: A multi-sided business model example
  • Figure 6: Vodafone M2M propositions
  • Figure 7: Vodafone & British Gas Smart Metering
  • Figure 8: Delegate vote on operators’ role in the M2M value chain
  • Figure 9: M2M evolves in scale, not scope, so far
  • Figure 10: 6 levels of product maturity
  • Figure 11: AT&T’s M2M product stack
  • Figure 12: Operators in the value chain
  • Figure 13: An unusually smart container
  • Figure 14: From “M2M” to “virtual things”
  • Figure 15: Modular design at Orange
  • Figure 16: Telco opportunities in e-Healthcare
  • Figure 17: Picking the biggest spenders, or the worst cases?
  • Figure 18: Telcos and systems integrators in M2M
  • Figure 19: Finding the right dividing line between MNOs and others
  • Figure 20: Positioning operators to sell in M2M
  • Figure 21: Delegate vote: what are operators’ strengths and weaknesses?
  • Figure 27: Survey data validates key Telco 2.0 opportunities
  • Figure 28: Consensus on key problems
  • Figure 29: Operator strategy options for 4 upstream segments
  • Figure 30: Options for partnering
  • Figure 31: Proof of Concept projects at Ericsson Labs
  • Figure 32: Network-aware apps – better than app-aware networks?
  • Figure 33: Verizon’s view of 2SBM in the cloud
  • Figure 34: Use cases for the telco cloud
  • Figure 35: M2M Value Chain Overview