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Addressing the coming IoT talent shortage – Microsoft Industry Blogs

This blog is the third in a series highlighting our newest research, IoT Signals. Each week will feature a new top-of-mind topic to provide insights into the current state of IoT adoption across industries, how business leaders can develop their own IoT strategies, and why companies should use IoT to improve service to partners and customers.

As companies survey the possibilities of the Internet of Things (IoT), one of the challenges they face is a significant growing talent shortage. Recent research from Microsoft, IoT Signals, drills down into senior leaders’ concerns and plans. Microsoft surveyed 3,000 decision-makers at companies across China, France, Germany, Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom who are involved in IoT.

Exploring IoT skills needs at enterprises today

Most IoT challenges today relate to staffing and skills. Our research finds that only 33 percent of companies adopting IoT say they have enough workers and resources, 32 percent lack enough workers and resources, and 35 percent reported mixed results or didn’t know their resourcing issues. Worldwide, talent shortages are most acute in the United States (37 percent) and China (35 percent).

Of the top challenges that impede the 32 percent of companies struggling with IoT skills shortages, respondents cited a lack of knowledge (40 percent), technical challenges (39 percent), lack of budget (38 percent), an inability to find the right solutions (28 percent), and security (19 percent).

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Companies will need to decide which capabilities they should buy, in the form of hiring new talent; build, in the form of developing staff competencies; or outsource, in the form of developing strategic partnerships. For example, most companies evaluating the IoT space aren’t software development or con­nectivity experts and will likely turn to partners for these services.

Adequate resourcing is a game-changer for IoT companies

Our research found that having the right team and talent was critical to IoT success on a number of measures. First, those with sufficient resources were more likely to say that IoT was very critical to their company’s future success: 51 percent versus 39 percent. Hardship created more ambivalence, with only 41 percent of IoT high performers saying IoT was somewhat critical to future success, whereas 48 percent of lower-performing companies agreed.

Similarly, companies with strong IoT teams viewed IoT as a more successful investment, attributing 28 percent of current ROI to IoT (inclusive of cost savings and efficiencies) versus 20 percent at less enabled companies. That’s likely why 89 percent of those who have the right team is planning to use IoT more in the future versus 75 percent of those who lack adequate resources.

IoT talent shortage may cause higher failure rate

Getting IoT off the ground can be a challenge for any company, given its high learning curve, long-term commitment, and significant investment. It’s doubly so for companies that lack talent and resources. IoT Signals found that companies who lack adequate talent and resources have a higher failure rate in the proof of concept phase: 30 percent versus 25 percent for those with the right team. At companies with high IoT success, the initiative is led by a staffer in an IT role, such as a director of IT, a chief technology officer, or a chief information officer. With leadership support, a defined structure, and budget, these all-in IoT organizations are able to reach the production stage on an average of nine months, while those who lack skilled workers and resources take 12 months on average.

Despite initial challenges, company leaders are unlikely to call it quits. Business and technology executives realize that IoT is a strategic business imperative and will be increasingly required to compete in the marketplace. Setting up the right team, tools, and resources now can help prevent team frustration, business burnout, and leadership commitment issues.

Overcoming the skills issues with simpler platforms

Fortunately, industry trends like fully hosted SaaS platforms are reducing the complexity of building IoT programs: from connecting and managing devices to providing integrated tooling and security, to enabling analytics.

Azure IoT Central, a fully managed IoT platform, is designed to let anyone build an IoT initiative within hours, empowering business teams and other non-technical individuals to easily gain mastery and contribute. Azure includes IoT Plug and Play, which provides an open modeling language to connect IoT devices to the cloud seamlessly.

Additionally, Microsoft is working with its partner ecosystem to create industry-specific solutions to help companies overcome core IoT adoption blockers and investing in training tools like IoT School and AI Business School. Microsoft has one of the largest and fastest-growing partner ecosystems. Our more than 10,000 IoT partners provide domain expertise across industries and help address connectivity, security infrastructure, and application infrastructure requirements, allowing companies to drive to value faster. 

Learn more about how global companies are using IoT to drive value by downloading the IoT Signals report and reading our Transform Blog on IoT projects companies such as ThyssenKrupp, Bühler, Chevron, and Toyota Material Handling Group are driving.

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For Sale – 13” MacBook Pro – Late 2011 – i5 2.4Ghz – 8GB RAM – 500GB HDD

Our trusty MacBook Pro has been replaced by the newest iPad Pro

Some very small marks from normal use, but nothing of note – looks really good considering the age.

2 chargers supplied. 1 has some fraying just next to the MagSafe, but it’s still functional.
The other is fine with no damage at all. Both original Apple chargers.

RAM upgraded to 8GB, hard drive replaced around 2015 with a WD Blue 500GB with very minimal use.

Battery life is still strong, cycle count 716
On a full charge it shows 5373mah of a potential 5428mah .. minimal!

Full resolution album is here:

https://photos.app.******/aisXNujqXsjvFuuS6 (didn’t realise not allowed? Can pm a link if needed for a proper look)

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New, updated Lenovo laptops for business coming this fall

Lenovo has launched its newest ThinkPad laptops, with the goal of providing smarter productivity, connectivity and security for the workforce.

Many of the new features provide updates to already well-known Lenovo laptops for business. The new X1 Carbon runs Intel’s 10th-generation CPU, has an all-day battery life and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. It is Lenovo’s first commercial platform that is part of Intel’s Project Athena program. Project Athena aims to update PC standards and improve mobile computing by improving battery life, responsiveness, connectivity, charging and security.

Lenovo also updated its commercial lineup, giving the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ThinkPad X390 and ThinkPad T490 a processor refresh with the 10th-generation Intel Core.

Additionally, Lenovo added ThinkPad L13 and L13 Yoga laptops to its offerings in an effort to provide users with ThinkPad features in a more affordable package.

In order to improve security, all machines now have ThinkShield security features. The HD and IR camera has ThinkShutter to protect users from unwanted eyes. Users also have the option of multifactor authentication using facial recognition through Windows Hello, and there is fingerprint reader. 

ThinkPad X1 Carbon

The X1 Carbon is open, turned on and facing left. The thin body and red accents on the keyboard are visible.
The new X1 Carbon has improved battery life, responsiveness and connectivity.

The goal behind the X1 Carbon, according to Lenovo, was to provide a laptop for workers on the go who need a long-lasting battery, responsiveness and the latest connectivity. Full features for the X1 Carbon include the following:

  • up to a six-core 10th-generation Intel Core processor that supports 4K content, Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3;
  • 9 mm thick, starting at 2.4 pounds;
  • a variety of 14-inch display options are available, including 500 nit, 10 bit, 4K Dolby Vision-enabled panel or 400 nit FHD display;
  • Dolby Atmos speaker system, with two top-firing tweeters and two down-firing woofers;
  • four microphones;
  • up to 18.5 hours of battery power, with the ability to use Rapid Charge for 80% battery in one hour; and
  • Global LTE-A wireless WAN and new Wi-Fi 6 Gig+ option.

The X1 Carbon is expected to be available beginning in September and will start at $1,479.

ThinkPad X1 Yoga

The X1 Yoga is shown in four images, the first open normally, the second in a tent position, and the third and fourth showing the tablet mode.
The new X1 Yoga weighs less than two pounds and can function as a tablet as well.

Lenovo aimed to make the fourth generation of the X1 Yoga smaller, thinner and lighter. Full features include the following:

  • up to six-core 10th-generation Intel Core processors;
  • 5 mm thick and weighs less than 2.0 pounds;
  • reinforced Iron Grey aluminum chassis;
  • supports all docking products, including the ThinkPad Mechanical Dock;
  • up to 18.3 hours of battery, with the ability to use Rapid Charge for 80% battery in an hour;
  • Dolby Vision-enabled display and Dolby Atmos speaker system;
  • Global LTE-A wireless WAN; and
  • integrated with ThinkPad Pen Pro for multimode pen input.

The X1 Yoga will start at $1,609 and is expected to be available beginning in September.

ThinkPad T490

The full list of features includes the following:

  • up to i7 10th-generation Intel Core processors;
  • 9 mm thick and starts at 3.2 pounds;
  • variety of display options, including 500 nit, WQHD Dolby Vision panel and 400 nit FHD display;
  • Dolby Audio Premium, with two up-firing speakers;
  • dual microphones;
  • up to 15 hours of battery on a charge and includes the Rapid Charge feature; and
  • Global LTE-A wireless WAN and Wi-Fi 6 Gig+.

The T490 will start at $1,129 and is expected to be available beginning in October.

ThinkPad X390

A full list of features includes the following:

  • up to i7 10th-generation Intel Core processors;
  • 5 mm thick and starts at 2.8 pounds;
  • display options include the 400 nit FHD display;
  • Dolby Audio Premium, with two down-firing speakers;
  • dual microphone;
  • up to 16.8 hours of battery life on a charge, with Rapid Charge feature; and
  • Global LTE-A wireless WAN.

The ThinkPad X390 will be available beginning in October, starting at $1,019.

ThinkPad L Series

According to Lenovo, the L13 and L13 Yoga combine enterprise-level performance with a lower price tag. The bezels were designed to be thinner to give the same 13-inch screen size, but in a smaller footprint.

Both laptops feature up to i7 10th-generation Intel Core processors. Its display options include a 300 nit full HD IPS touch display and Dolby Audio Premium with two down-firing speakers. They’re both 17.6 mm thick, with the L13 coming in a hair lighter, starting at 3.1 pounds. The L13 Yoga starts at 3.3 pounds. The L13 also has a better battery life, with 14 hours of productivity compared with the L13 Yoga’s 12 hours. Both feature the Rapid Charge capability.

The L13 and L13 Yoga are expected to be available beginning in October. The L13 will start at $749, while the L13 Yoga will start at $919.

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Bluescape releases newest version of its mobile app

Bluescape has launched its newest mobile app to enable users to access their content on the go.

The app, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play store, connects to Bluescape workspaces from mobile devices, such as cellphones or tablets. According to the vendor, it enables users to give presentations without a laptop by launching a Bluescape session from the app onto larger touchscreens.

Users can also access their content and workspace anytime and from anywhere and search and view content. According to Bluescape, the app provides a visual collaboration workspace that integrates day-to-day applications, content and tools.

The Bluescape platform is cloud-based software, with applications designed for collaboration in the workplace. Available applications include mobile and personal workstations, huddle rooms, innovation centers, collaboration suites, conference rooms, training rooms, executive briefing centers, command centers and control centers. Search, messaging and file sharing are also built into the platform.

Bluescape lists professionals in jobs such as architecture, consulting, designing, filmmaking, marketing and product development as ideal users for its product, as these are often groups of people working collaboratively and visually.

Bluescape is among the vendors offering visual collaboration software, which works hand in hand with digital collaborative whiteboards. Vendor Mural provides separate workspaces for teams and enables scaling for companywide processes, with frameworks for Agile, Lean and Design Thinking methods. Custom frameworks are also available.

Competitor Miro touts its product development, user experience research and design, and Lean and Agile capabilities, as well as its enterprise-grade security. Available applications include Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, Slack, OneDrive and Microsoft Teams.

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‘American Horror Story: Cult’ available now in the Windows Store – The Fire Hose

Prepared to be terrified by the newest chapter in Ryan Murphy’s TV drama anthology, “American Horror Story: Cult.”

Buy a season pass now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.

Also, keep up with what’s hot, new and trending in the Windows Store on Twitter and Facebook.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

Tags: Movies & TV, Windows Store