IoT promises to improve traffic flow, and transform how we live, move, work, and play in our cities.
This was not a stand-alone situation though. This friend is notoriously late all the time and their pathetic punctuality was particularly pronounced this day. I should have known better but like most people, I try to see past it rather than come down on said person like a barrage of bricks. But one time, two times, three times, finish. NEXT!
Here's something I just wanted to share with you. Maybe it can inspire you to tweak your morning routine a bit. Maybe you're saying something like: "My morning routine has got nothing wrong with it" and maybe you're right. But wouldn't it be fun to try something different? It's when we change our routines that new, brilliant ideas come come to life!
Perhaps the key to securing investment for IoT lies in ensuring the Support Services sector knows how to sell it. The sector currently largely sells into operational management or procurement departments but an IoT sell needs to happen at a strategic level. The sector needs to build these relationships.
If it wasn't for ships, we'd be sunk. Once, this was widely known. Docks were close to the centres of port cities and were teeming with maritime life. Our coastlines were motorways for goods and materials haulage. Rivers thronged with boats carrying people and cargo.
Running a global professional services company can be challenging. You need to preserve margins in your established markets, drive double digit growth in emerging markets and keep on top of where the next emerging market is...
In a design workshop yesterday, I suddenly realised I wasn't trying. I wasn't contributing to the process by suggesting solutions, I wasn't listening. As soon as this struck me, I leaned forward, started thinking and got involved. Afterwards I felt very happy and left the meeting feeling lighter and much more positive about life. I also felt determined not to let that happen again!
Lots of activities we think of as time-wasting aren't that at all. Facebook might be an important way of getting some down-time in a busy day. Chatting at the school gate builds a community, while waiting for the GP at least can give you time to catch up on a book. But lurking in your day are probably pockets of truly dead time. Time-wasters that have no benefit at all.
It's all a far cry from what could be described as the comparatively sober, 'traditional' Indian corporate approach to sustainability, rooted in a long tradition of philanthropy. It's a tradition which has been absorbed smoothly into the relatively recent concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR).
The true definition of efficiency is getting the most out of the resources available and therefore more often than not, the key to efficiency really lies in optimisation: taking what you have and making it work smarter, and with less waste, to ultimately generate more output.