The Story of the Edge

The Edge is a confusing topic, but it is definitely going to play a big role in the future of IT. I wrote this blog series on the Edge and related topics for the Aruba Blog, and wanted to share the content here.

This was a pretty easy exercise because Aruba has just TONS of great technical content about all of their offerings, and of course they have lots of offerings to support the Edge. So I worked hard to highlight and link to their content in these posts (more on that further down in this post).

Disclosure: I was compensated by Gestalt IT to write this blog series for Aruba.

What is The Edge

I know I’m taking a chance here, but I wanted to start by defining the Edge. That’s what I did in the first post Edge Architectures Enable the Future.

Check it out, and let me know what you think about the definition, and let me know what you would add or change. I do think we need to get our heads around this from a technical (versus vendor marketing) perspective soon.

Smart Cities 101

Next, I tackled the concept of smart cities. This is definitely a discussion about The Edge, because you need smart devices to build smart city functions. Check out how to make a city smart with this post: What Makes a City Smart?

What Are IoT Devices

One important architectural component common in the The Edge and smart cities is an IoT device. These devices collect the data on the Edge that get turned into actionable information, many times in real time.

This blog post is a primer for IoT devices: Capturing Data Needed for New Business Information with IoT Devices.

Future of Work

After laying those foundational concepts, I wrote about the future of work. I wrote this at the same time the US started to shut down for the COVID-19 pandemic, and that’s why you don’t see specific reference to it. What I do talk about is the robots taking out jobs and changing models of work (including working from home).

Check it out: What is the Future of Work

Who Tells Your Story?

In the last few companies I worked, there was an almost embarrassing glut of excellent, deep-dive technical information. What was missing was a technical story that connected all of the very deep points the blogs, articles, videos, and podcasts conveyed.

As I started writing this series for Aruba, I recognized they were definitely in that situation. They have so much deep, technical content. They just needed someone to weave a story and use those posts as proof points.

I’m a very good story teller, and I’m technical. If you find yourself in a similar situation, please reach out. I’d love to help you tell your story.

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