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Welcome to SAP Coffee Break with Game-Changers Radio blog on SCN. I'm Bonnie D. Graham, creator / producer/ host of our weekly live thought leader talk series. Episode #75 aired live on March 6, 2013. Listen on-demand at your convenience.

Episode Overview:

Machines are now connected and talking to each other. By 2018, nearly everyone, everything, everywhere will be connected real time, impacting how we innovate, collaborate, produce, govern, and achieve sustainability. Did you ever imagine that coffee plants could tell farmers how and when to irrigate, harvest, pack, tag, ship? They already can and do. Mmmm.

The experts speak.

Miguel Blockstrand, Ericsson: “Unleashing the power of connectivity to all people places and things is inevitable.”

Steve Hilton, Analysys Mason: “M2M is a jumble of technology thrown together like potatoes dumped in a bowl. But something very tasty is created by mashing the potatoes together with butter, milk, and salt. Or as Aristotle said almost 2,400 years ago, ‘In the case of all things which have several parts and in which … the whole is something beside the parts, there is a cause.’” – Metaphysics, Book VIII, Part 6

Benjamin Wesson, SAP: “I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” – 2001: A Space Odyssey (Film, 1968)

Join us for M2M: Mmmm, Connectivity Never Tasted So Good.

Meet our panelists:

Pictured above [L to R]: Steve Hilton, Miguel Blockstrand, Benjamin Wesson

Miguel Blockstrand, Director of Product Line Device Connections at Ericsson AB, is responsible for the M2M portfolio at Business Unit Networks. Implementing new technologies has been a common theme throughout his career. In his current role, Miguel accurately predicted the impact of video and TV clips on mobile networks. Previously, he was responsible for defining and implementing strategies for Mobile TV and IPTV. The “technology firsts” he has witnessed include the first-ever wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA) call, the first rollout of the Japanese personal digital cellular (PDC) system, as well as the first global system for mobile (GSM) calls.

Steve Hilton is Lead Analyst for Analysys Mason's Enterprise and SME Strategies research programs. His primary areas of specialization, which focus on large and small enterprises, include M2M, fixed and mobile communications services, cloud services, and sales channels. Steve has 18 years of experience in technology and communications marketing. Prior to joining Analysys Mason, he managed the Enterprise and SMB team at Yankee Group. He has also held senior positions at Lucent Technologies, TDS, and Cambridge Strategic Management Group. Steve is a frequent speaker at industry and client forums, and publishes monthly articles in several respected trade journals for the enterprise and channel-partner community.

Benjamin Wesson is Vice President of Product Management for the SAP NetWeaver Cloud on the Core Technology and Innovation Platform team at SAP. He brings more than 15 years of experience to this role. Benjamin previously launched the mobile-midware company Dexterra (Antenna) and the platform for Salesforce. Prior to Salesforce, he held product-management and engineering roles at PeopleSoft (Oracle), Siebel (Oracle), and other companies.

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