The Role of Fault Tolerance for Blockchain


Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology that creates a permanent, sequenced, tamper-resistant, and continuously growing list of records that is linked and secured using cryptography. With blockchain any system of record can be replicated, shared, and synchronized across multiple locations without the need for a trusted third party for verification or authentication. While all blockchains achieve the aforementioned outcome, the architecture of blockchains depends on the use case and can range from a public permissionless to a private permissioned design. Public blockchains, popularly represented by Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, are often considered to be inherently fault tolerant by virtue of wide decentralization and methods of achieving consensus.  Private blockchains designed for business applications (commonly referred to as enterprise blockchain) are more consolidated architectures that function with a greater dependency on individual participating nodes to maintain the integrity of the ecosystem.

A Growth Perspective on the Smart City


 The internet of things (IoT) is a transformative, enabling technology that is poised to impact every aspect of society: the self, the car, the home, the office, the factory and the public sector. As depicted by the outer-most ring in the graphic to the right, the public sector is the broadest application of IoT and includes a range of use cases that drive public efficiency and effectiveness at the local level. Cities around the world are rapidly evaluating the economic and safety benefits of IoT-based solutions and weighing those benefits against a range of practical and contextual constraints. According to a report by the National League of Cities, two thirds of U.S. cities are investing in smart city technologies and one quarter of those without the technology are exploring how to implement it.

Strategic considerations for tech vendors targeting smart, connected and/or autonomous cars

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As vehicles begin to incorporate more software, compute, and network capabilities, the distinction between tech and automotive companies is blurring. This begs the question, how should tech companies successfully engage with automakers and consumers in the face of a new, rapidly evolving market environment? What growth opportunities exist for tech companies in the world of connected autonomous vehicles? This whitepaper seeks to paint a picture of what success in the automotive world looks like for tech firms in the years to come. It outlines the trends driving the development of the autonomous vehicle, typical stakeholder responses to the changing market dynamics, and strategies to navigate the space.  Vendors should act quickly as the market’s key auto players (OEMs, suppliers) are rapidly locking in relationships that will define their smart car strategies for the next 5-10 years.

A New World Order

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A new world order – The historic movement to and from centralized to distributed computing is coming to an end with the advent of a new hybrid computing environment. The implications stand to reshape the technology landscape.

The technology industry has seen a predictable rhythm of transformation over the past six decades.  From the introduction of the mainframe, the evolution of compute has progressed from centralized to distributed systems and back again. The technology industry has experienced changes over the decades, making market participants repeatedly evolve and adapt their solution sets to rethink how they define themselves – from hardware to software to services, all players in the ecosystem have been challenged to compete in new ways and with new solutions.  To defend and grow their market position, hardware, software and services share leaders have had to stay atop of the evolution of compute, storage and networking to ensure that  products, services and business models are aligned with the current wave of network and processing technology. But we are entering a brave new world, where processing is everywhere. In this white paper, Beacon explores the history of innovation in the context of today’s disruptive changes, and recommends strategies for technology solution vendors going forward.

Bigger Big Data

Big Data is, well… Big, but it’s nowhere near the size it is going to be in very short order. Infrastructure and analytics vendors need to sit up and take notice as they plan for the future. Our earlier papers deal with what Big Data is, the challenges it faces, and the promise it brings. This is our 3rd and final whitepaper in our Big Data series, and explores what we are calling Bigger Big Data (BBD), or the pending wave of data driven by improvements in sensor types and the mass adoption of Big Data Applications.

RaaS Rising: The Coming Era of Robots as a Service


The next wave of robotic industry growth is coming. This paper explores the implications of robotics growth trends for innovators, investors, and Fortune 500 companies across a range of industries and applications. It also presents a series of challenges that successful vendors will need to meet in order to participate in this industry.

The Promise of SDN


This paper is based on an in-depth study of the evolution of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) in the communications market, and presents our analysis of key implications, opportunities, and issues at play for both carriers and TEMS globally. SDN is simply too big to ignore; our paper presents a series of questions that providers and vendors need to consider.

Big Data and Its 9 Big Challenges


With more information being processed over the last year than all other years in human history combined, the answers for many business questions are literally right in front of our noses. However, companies worldwide continue to hesitate before wading into the Big Data waters. Why is there such a culture of reservation? What factors are deterring the spread of such a useful tool?

Rethinking the Cloud: A Framework for Understanding Cloud Implementation


The cloud — no current buzzword causes as much mixed reaction from enterprise software providers and customers today. You either love it, hate it, fear it, or are empowered by it ... the cloud is causing a tremendous amount of change in the way Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) and large enterprises are conducting their businesses.