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Towards an open IoT cloud platform

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Today we announced a collaboration between Bosch, Red Hat and Eurotech to begin the work to create interoperable IoT components for an IoT cloud platform. This is the first step towards creating an open source IoT cloud platform that I hope one day will become the defacto implementation for IoT solutions, similar to Apache http for web applications. An important part of ...

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LAMP Stacks for IoT

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The Eclipse IoT community has grown considerably over the last 12 months. More importantly we have expanded the breadth of technology to include software that runs on devices, at the edge and the cloud. We have also learnt a lot about the software functionality required to build an IoT solution. It has always been clear that for IoT to be successful ...

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Profile of an IoT Developer: Results of the IoT Developer Survey

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Today we release the results of our second annual IoT Developer Survey. Like last year it provides an interesting insight into how developers are building IoT solutions. This year the Eclipse IoT Working Group partnered with IEEE IoT and the AGILE-IoT research project to expand the scope and respondent pool for the survey. Thanks to this partnership, we had 528 participants in ...

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Why Your IoT Product Strategy Needs to Include Open Source

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For the last two years, I have been talking about why open source will be critical to the success of the Internet of Things.  The current state of IoT/M2M is a lot of propriertary platforms and protocols. This can’t last and won’t win in the long term. This week during a webinar about the new Vorto IoT project from Bosch, ...

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Can Open IoT Solve the Main IoT Challenges

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Chris Murphy from InformationWeek has published a fascinating article about some of the challenges organizations face when trying to implement IoT solutions. The article focuses on Industrial IoT solutions and is based on interviews with GE, Union Pacific and others. I certainly recommend reading the article. I thought it might be interesting to look at each of the challenges presented in ...

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How to categorize the Internet of Things

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I was recently asked how to categorize the Internet of Things. IoT is so broad and multi-dimensional that I am not sure if there is one easy answer or set of categories. However, here is my current thinking…                 IoT Hardware A lot of the excitement in IoT and the maker community starts with ...

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How to increase donations to an open source project

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Lots of open source projects raise money from their user communities by soliciting donations.  Most open source projects will have the ‘Support’  or ‘Make a Donation’ button on their home page or download page. At Eclipse we have had the Friend of Eclipse program for a number of years to solicit financial support for our community. Earlier this year, we ...

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Eclipse Community Survey 2012

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Each year we survey the Eclipse community to gather some insight into what developers are doing with Eclipse and open source. We have published the results and the detailed data is available [xls] [ods]. Embedded version of the report is at the end of this post. Each year there are always some key trends shown in the results [2011 results]. ...

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Top 10 Most Popular New Eclipse Plugins

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Eclipse Marketplace continues to be the place to discover interesting and relevant Eclipse plugins. There are over 100,000 successful installs/month of Eclipse-based products via the Eclipse Marketplace client. We have a list of the most popular plugins over the last 30 days and all time. I thought it would be interesting to look at what are the most popular new ...

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Key Success Factors for Open Source Strategies

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Last week at EclipseCon Europe, John Swainson gave a keynote address that reflected on IBM’s decision to start Eclipse as an open source project and consortium. During his speech, John identified 5 key things IBM thought they needed to be successful. These success factors are still relevant today for any company interested in an open source strategy, so I think ...

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