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Episode 37 - Caterpillar's Operational Technology Leader Marty Groover talks about their Live Factory initiative

Caterpillar's Operational Technology Leader Marty Groover recently gave a compelling talk at our Leonardo Live event in Frankfurt talking about how Caterpillar's Live Factory initiative by using realtime data, and one single version of the truth is empowering their workforce, their sales channel, and their boardroom to make informed decisions. I asked him to come on the show to discuss these initiatives. Marty will also be attending our upcoming Leonardo Live event in Chicago on November...


Episode 38 - A conversation with @AndyBitterer on Internet of Things #iot and data analytics

At out SAP TechEd event in Barcelona I had a chance to sit down and talk about the data from the Things in the Internet of Things with SAP Chief Analytics Evangelist EMEA, Andy Bitterer. We had a great chat. Enjoy!


Episode 36 - A chat with @ejkenney about the new IoT Adoption in the Consumer Products Industry global study

SAP has recently funded a study on the topic of the Internet of Things in the Consumer Products industry. The results of the study have just been released, so I invited E.J. Kenney (ejkenney), who heads up Consumer Products for SAP globally to come on the show to discuss the report. The report is available to download from SAP Consumer Products is available on Twitter at @SAP_CP, on LinkedIn at, and on the...


Episode 35 - The Internet of Things and Leonardo Live - a post event chat with Ronald van Loon

Ronald van Loon is a director of Adversitement, and an influencer in the worlds of IoT, Big Data, and Analytics. Ronald attended our Leonardo Live event in Frankfurt earlier this year, so I reached out to him to come on the show to discuss his impressions of our first Leonardo Live conference. Ronald is on Twitter at @Ronald_vanLoon He is on LinkedIn at And you can also find him at and at...


Episode 34 - Bruno Mommens (@BMommens), Delaware IoT solution lead talks customer IoT use cases

Delaware is a global system integrator. I met Delaware's IoT Solution Lead at our recent Leonardo Live event in Frankfurt and asked him how Delaware's customers were succeeding on their Internet of Things journeys, and what their use cases were...


Episode 33 - UPS' strategy around Internet of Things and 3D Printing

At our recent Leonardo Live event I had a chat with UPS VP for Corporate Strategy Alan Amling. He talked about UPS' nascent 3D Printing business. The reasons why UPS are pursuing it, and their plans for the future. It was a truly fascinating and enlightening conversation.


Episode 32 - Timo Elliott (@timoelliott) and the Digital Transformation Executive study

SAP carried out one of the largest ever studies on digital transformation polling 3,000 executives to try to glean some relevant facts and figures on this burgeoning space. The results of the study are available to study and download at I asked Timo Elliott (@TimoElliott) to talk us through the report when I met him at our recent Leonardo Live event


Episode 31 - IoT and Analytics, a conversation with Dion Hinchcliffe of Constellation Research

Dion Hinchcliffe is a Senior Analyst and VP at Constellation Research as well as a columnist at ZDNet. Dion and I have both been longtime members of the Enterprise Irregulars group but hadn't worked together before now. When I heard Dion was going to our Leonardo Live event in Frankfurt (July 11th-12th in Frankfurt) to talk about analytics and IoT I reached out to him to ask him to come on the show to talk about just how vital analytics are to the Internet of Things. Dion is...


Episode 30 - IoT and Machine Learning conversation with Tamara McCleary aka @tamaramccleary

One of the speakers at our upcoming Leonardo Live event is the one and only Tamara McCleary (aka @tamaramccleary), CEO of Thulium ( Tamara will be giving a talk on the topic of machine learning. I asked Tamara to come on the show to give us a preview of her talk about Machine Learning and some of the more compelling ways it can be used. As ever, Tamara knocked it out of the park :) Tamara is @TamaraMcCleary on Twitter, is CEO of Thulium, and is also very active on...


Episode 29 - The Internet of Things and customer use cases and success stories

SAP's Nils Herzberg and I were on an ASUG webinar earler this year where he outlined some great use cases SAP's customers have for the internet of Things. Nils had some great examples, but the webcast was limited to ASUG members only, so I asked him to come on the IoT Heroes show to share the customers wins with everyone. He didn't disappoint :) This chat is also available on Youtube at And Nils is @TechMadiba on Twitter


Episode 28 - The Internet of Things, SAP Leonardo, and Sapphirenow reviewed by Diginomica's Jon Reed (aka @jonerp)

I had a chat recently my old friend Diginomica co-founder, content curator extraordinaire, and fellow Enterprise Irregular Jon Reed (@JonERP on Twitter) shortly after the big SAP Sapphire conference to get Jon's unique take on SAP, and the Internet of Things. We had a wide-ranging discussion about the Sapphirenow announcements (including the expanded Leonardo innovation portfolio), indirect access, missed opportunities at the keynotes, using machine learning to detect money laundering,...


Episode 27 - the Internet of Things and Smart/connected/precision Agriculture

I met Rafael Costa at the SAP Sapphirenow conference in Orlando last week. Rafael was there demonstrating how his company Stara, a Brazilian agricultural machine manufacturer was using the Internet of Things to help farmers, increase yields and make their planting and spreading far more efficient. I thought it was a fascinating story, so I invited him on the show to share it with you. You can find out more about Stara at the Stara website


Episode 26 - The Internet of Things chat with iot-inc.coms Bruce Sinclair

I have been a longtime fan of Bruce Sinclair's IoT-inc Business Show podcast, so when he asked to come on the IoT Heroes show, I was delighted. "Of course you can Bruce, I'd be honoured." Bruce has just published his new book, so we talked about that, as well as the current state of the Internet of Things Bruce's book is titled "IoT Inc: How Your Company Can Win in the Outcome Economy" and it is available on Amazon at ...


Episode 25 - IoT, Edge computing, Data and device integration

I had a great chat today with SAP's Sindhu Gangadharan. Sindhu is Head of Product Management at SAP for IoT & Cloud Integration services, Process Integration, and the Financial Services Network. In this episode of the IoT Heroes show Sindhu and I had a deep discussion on SAP Leonardo's Edge capabilities, on its protocols and connectivity possibilities. We discussed its comprehensive device management abilities, open APIs, sensor data dashboards, and rules, and finally we talked about...


Episode 24 - Connected cars, goods, energy, healthcare and future IoT trends

I have been a longtime fan of Ken Briodagh's IoT Time podcast, so when he reached out to ask me to come on his show, I suggested we jointly host a show. He very graciously agreed, and we had a great conversation discussing connected goods, connected transportation, connected agriculture, food production, energy, trends in the Internet of Things, and had great fun doing so! Ken has recently written a book on IoT Trends which is available in paper form on Amazon, and as a free download at...


Episode 23 - The Internet of Things, telcos and their place in the ecosystem

I had a great chat today with SAP's Stephan Gatien. Stephan is General Manager of the Telecoms Business at SAP and I met him World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year where we talked about IoT and where telcos fit into the complex ecosystem that is the IoT. I invited him to come on the show to expand on that conversation, and we discussed how telcos are hoping to move up the value stack, what that means for their partners, competitors, and customers, and how the future looks for all...


Episode 22 - The Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet of Things, Smart Homes

I had a great chat with Rick Bullotta today. Rick is an active mentor, advisor, and investor with startups in areas as diverse as the IoT, autonomous vehicles, AI, digital and additive manufacturing, and others. He is a frequent speaker and recognized expert on the internet of things and advanced manufacturing. Rick was the co-founder and CTO of ThingWorx, the world’s first platform for creating connected applications to enable the ‘Internet of Things”. ThingWorx was acquired by PTC in...


Episode 21 - Internet of Things & upskilling

At SAP's internal event d-kom in Karlsruhe recently I met up with Julien Vayssiere, Global Head of SAP's d-shop program. The d-shop program is a combination workshop and peer-topeer learning environment where SAP employees can sit down and learn how to program Internet of Things devices. Thousands of SAP employees have utilised this free program to upskill into the Internet of Things toolsets.


Episode 20 - Internet of Things (IoT) connecting cars for frictionless fueling, parking, and services

I had a chat recently with Laurens Eckelboom, SAP's VP and Head of Business Development for Connected Vehicles. We had a great conversation about how the Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling a myriad of new services for vehicle owners. Everything from automated reservation of parking, to payment fulfillment, and expense management. The video of this chat is on Youtube at You can find more about SAP's Vehicle Network at...


Episode 19 - the Internet of Things and IoT Startup accelerators

I had a chat recently with Joachim von Goetz and Ignatz Schatz who run the newly launched IoT accelerator in Berlin. This is an accelerator specifically aimed at startups in the IoT space with a business to business (b2b) focus. We talked about the thinking behind the accelerator, who it is aimed at, and how startups can benefit from it. You can find more at the IoT Accelerator website and follow the Accelerator on Twitter @Iot_Accelerator . The video of this...