Today’s Predictions For Tomorrow’s IoT

  10/18/17    Posted in News

Week three of National Cyber Security Month revolves around today’s predictions for tomorrow’s internet. Technology advances continue to evolve daily and today the internet landscape is not just about computers, smartphones, laptops and tablets. The internet is a global network that provides information instantly from virtually anywhere.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is about disruption and opportunities. Although these emerging technologies have many benefits, organizations can face challenges that can be presented by this way of interacting with networked information. IoT revolves around increased machine-to-machine communication. It is built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors. It is mobile, virtual and an instantaneous connection that is going to make everything in our lives smart.

Technologist, Mike Kuniavsky, states,


“IoT is where computation and data communication are embedded in and distributed through, our entire environment”.


Understanding what IoT is

IoT isn’t just about money savings or refrigerators and televisions. IoT is a huge and fundamental shift. Intelligent technology will be a major engine for creating new products and new services and making smarter decisions.

An IoT is an ecosystem. Integration, analyzation, acquisition, interaction and context create that ecosystem.

From software to sensors and actuators, acquisition deals with the specific type of information that your organization is trying to collect. Once this is determined, a business must choose how they will get data from these devices. During analyzation, an organization will analyze the data and choose what will be sent to the cloud. Connectivity can also be managed. During integration, IoT devices act as agents with data being shared across the world. Interaction deals with user experience and how consumers interact with connected environments. Context deals with collaboration across fields and companies, device security and business models.

The top 5 ways that IoT will benefit your organization is:

  • Continuous Customer Interaction: By utilizing networks, adding smart sensors allows customers to constantly interact with appliances and products within their home. IoT technology also allows for organizations to support customers more quickly
  • Process Monitoring: IoT allows for more detailed monitoring. Organizations can use this information to improve business processes
  • Automated Services: Software has already begun to automate all types of work and this artificial intelligence is effecting daily lives. Due to the increasing number threats of cyber attacks, humans can leverage automated services and artificial intelligence to keep up
  • Increase Data: Sensors deployed as IoT devices produce data that can be analyzed
  • Embedded IT: Organizations are now building products with sensors built in

Protecting Your Business with IoT

Ensuring a secure future will be the use of identity-management services. From simple user and id password combinations to advanced frameworks, these services have evolved that manage access credentials between a broad range of users and devices.

Organizations must be able to respond to the volume and scale of cyber threats, increase cyber security, reduce vulnerabilities and ensure user security by leveraging IoT. IoT security can be challenging to implement. When it comes to IoT security, testability and configurability are important to reduce threats. Help protect your business by:

  • Digital Signatures: Digital signatures attached to software ensure that programs don’t run unauthorized programs.
  • Connectivity: A firewall filters protocols to check that network-enabled devices interface properly. These firewalls may identify network-based security threats to IoT devices, data and the network. But within connectivity, think about the various protocols used by IoT devices and software
  • Patches and Updates: IoT patches and updates can help protect against vulnerabilities.
  • Entire Infrastructure: IoT is an environment. By accounting IoT systems as a whole your business will be better protected from vulnerabilities.
  • Data Security: All IoT devices gather data. But it’s the means of transfer and recording that present the threat. Consider how data is transmitted and stored when accounting for data and analytics security in IoT

In order to collect, analyze and act appropriately, organizations need to completely rethink computing architectures and tools. This challenge is much bigger than many initially realize.

But as these technologies mature, the range of corporate deployments will increase.?Now is the time for executives across all industries to structure their thoughts about the potential impact and understand how to build their businesses by leveraging this data.

As the Internet of Things (IoT) spreads, the implications for business model innovation are huge. To take advantage of new, cloud-based opportunities and the companies will have to fundamentally rethink their orthodoxies about value creation and value capture.

Data from large numbers of sensors, deployed in infrastructure such as roads and buildings or to report on environmental conditions including soil moisture and ocean currents can give decision makers a heightened awareness of real-time events, particularly when the sensors are used with advanced display or visualization technologies.

In this way, these managers are increasing their ability to make constant routing adjustments that reduce congestion costs and increase a network’s effective capacity.?“It’s the use of technology to gather insights around a particular operation that can help you make smarter decisions,” says Paul Gudonis, president of Inmarsat’s Enterprise Business Unit.


National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month was launched by The National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Now in it’s 14th year, it is observed every October and was created to ensure that each American has the resources to protect their businesses and remain secure online. This year’s campaign is Stop. Think. Connect.

In Week 1, simple steps to online safety was discussed. From securing home networks to learning how to use the internet more safely, throughout this week consumers learned what to do if they fall victim to cyber crime.

Week 2 discussed cyber security in the workplace. Each organization must plan for employee education, training and awareness to help with risk management. Businesses were shown how to protect themselves, their customers against common cyber threats. Resources were also provided to help strengthen cyber resilience.

We are currently in Week 3 which looks to the future of the internet and how to ensure security, safety and privacy by using the latest technology. It discusses how personal data fuels smart devices and how smart devices are the future of every organization.

In Week 4, cyber security careers will be discussed. Continuing to train the current workforce and growing the next generation of skilled cyber security professionals will help protect and ensure the safety of Americans.

Week 5 will discuss protecting infrastructure from cyber threats and how to build resilience.


The Future of Your Organization

The Internet of Things is opening new frontiers for improving processes with artificial intelligence. This kind of machine decision making mimics human reactions, though at vastly enhanced performance levels.



Defining Your Corporate Culture

  10/4/17    Posted in News

Corporate culture is the identity and personality of an organization. Culture is dynamic, ever-changing and evolves with the growth of a business. The DNA of an organization, it is a combination of leadership styles, procedures and demographics within an company.

Frances Frei and Anne Morriss from the Harvard Business Review (HBR) state,

“Culture guides discretionary behavior and it picks up where the employee handbook leaves off. Culture tells us how to respond to an unprecedented service request. It tells us whether to risk telling our bosses about our new ideas and whether to surface or hide problems. Employees make hundreds of decisions on their own every day and culture is our guide. Culture tells us what to do when the CEO isn’t in the room, which of course, is most of the time.”

Building a Corporate Culture

A corporate culture is built over time. In order for a culture to be successful, those at an organization must speak the same language and be on the same page on what your values are. To create a long-lasting culture that every employee understands, adaptations must occur as the company grows.

Corporate culture can affect:

  • Employee Retention: Reduce turnover and increase morale by appreciating contributions from team members
  • Reputation: Maintain a positive reputation to help attract and connect with future employees or clients
  • Productivity: Experience better performance through improved morale

Building a corporate culture isn’t easy and there is no recipe for success. In fact, fewer than 10 percent of organizations actually succeed in building one. It sets the tone of a company and dictates how the team interacts both internally and externally.


According to a study conducted by the University of Minnesota,

“Corporate culture is, above all else, the most important factor in driving innovation.”

Thriving cultures have a common language which enables teams to understand each other. To ensure that these principles are being followed, organizations must create standards as a way to measure.

Leaders must reflect the values and standards of an organization. By leading through example, they convey a cultural work ethic that inspire others. Instead of declaring culture shifts that an organization wishes to see, provide examples. Often times, significant change is a product of social movements, and that despite the differences between private enterprises and society, leaders can learn from how these initiators engage and mobilize the masses to institutionalize new societal norms.

For example, successful organization’s aren’t built upon employees that simply, go to work, do what they’re told, and just help someone else achieve their dream. Organizations that thrive have employees that look forward to going to work and appreciate that their ideas are appreciated. Leaders that understand that good decisions can come from anywhere is a cornerstone of attracting talented individuals who will fit into the culture if you let them. Organizations that thrive, understand that their employees are their biggest strength and will invest heavily in them.


Correlating Morale and Productivity

Employees that live organizational values, should be rewarded and receive recognition. For example, no organization will ever perfectly align every reward the behaviors we seek.?However, a business should atleast be cognizant of the key elements of the cultural vision that they are trying to achieve and ensure that we recognize and reward those.

Employee morale directly effects company productivity and businesses that realize this will ensure sustained success.

Organizations that understand that culture is the foundation of their organization are:

  • Southwest Airlines: Southwest puts its employees first. In doing so, they believe that employees will treat customers right which will increase business.
  • Zappos: Zappos takes specific actions daily that reinforces its corporate culture. These actions include creating career paths, performance evaluations, training and creating a culture book written by employees.
  • Twitter: Twitter ensures that each employee’s voice is heard without barriers.
  • Etsy: Etsy encourages the hiring female engineers. In just one year, the organization has increased its number of female engineers by 500% and is attracting applicants that value diversity.


To begin mobilizing your corporate culture:

  • Work with and within current cultural situations
  • Alter behaviors by leading through example and mindsets will follow
  • Focus on a few critical behaviors
  • Assemble and deploy cultural ambassadors
  • Link behaviors and business objectives
  • Convey results
  • Use cross organizational methods to promote messages
  • Align programmatic efforts with behaviors
  • Actively manage and promote your cultural situation over time


Questions for Candidates to Ask

For candidates looking to work at an organization, it’s important to look for a job where you feel as though you’d be a fit within a culture.

Candidates should:

  • Review an organization’s website: Check the company’s mission and values
  • Complete research: Utilize resources like Glassdoor to see reviews from employees
  • Ask questions: Throughout the interview process be sure to inquire about the work environment and the company culture
  • Shadow an employee: Better understand how the office operates by shadowing an employee who would is working in a similar role

VALiNTRY’s Corporate Culture

At VALiNTRY, our values are at the core of our organization. Our values are:

  • People Service: Enriching and serving our clients and employees
  • Accountability: Being accountable and responsible to commitments and results
  • Teamwork: Working together to support our team for the greater good
  • Honesty and Integrity: Doing the right things the right way
  • Innovation: Pushing beyond comfort zones to seek new solutions for ourselves and our clients
  • Transparency: Always sharing the outcomes of the things that we do

Our company logo has a lowercase I to represent that our organization wins as a team. There upside down triangle represents our inverted organization structure where clients and employees are put before management.

Culture is invisible, but it can be seen and felt. They begin with a group of passionate enthusiasts who deliver a few modest wins. Reinforcing the message displays that an organization remains unified in promoting the corporate culture. While these wins are small, they’re powerful in demonstrating efficacy to nonparticipants, and they help the movement gain steam. The movement really gathers force and scale once this group successfully co-opts existing networks and influencers. Eventually, in successful movements, leaders leverage their momentum and influence to institutionalize the change in the formal power structures and rules of society.