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Educating Smart People for IoT Technology

By now, you’ve heard of smart appliances, smart buildings, smart cities, but the real challenge to realizing the benefit of IoT technology is getting more smart people. To help educate people we’ve built a new set of classes ( to help sales, support, service and consulting people across the industry understand the technology as well as how the technology is put into practice. It’s based on the book, Precision: Principles, Practices and Solutions for the Internet of Things (, which was published in Vietnam and India earlier this year and will shortly be available in China.
The classes are organized by industry and focus on both enterprises that build construction, healthcare, power, oil, gas, packaging, transportation and agricultural machines as well as businesses that use these machines such as utilities, hospitals and farms.

Learn a language, not buzzwords

Applications of the Internet of Things can be complex. The class takes you thru a five-layer framework which first starts with the Things, or the machines. We then cover how the machines might be connected, how data is collected and then what can be learned from the machines. We end with talking about three business models that will transform enterprises that build machines as well the benefits to enterprises that use these precision machines. The framework is simple but powerful.

A class for everybody, not just the technologists

As with most new technology there is a great focus on education of technologist. These classes are designed for everybody else. We don’t go deep into the technology, but you’ll understand some of the fundamentals of networking technology as well as machine learning and analytics. These all come together in a number of real world case studies. If you take the Precision Agriculture class we’ll only focus on the agriculture cases, or if you enroll in Precision Industries you’ll go thru all of the cases studies in seven industries.

Done in a morning, not a semester

All of the lectures are TED-sized talks, meaning they are under 20 minutes. All of the lectures contain the accompanying text, since some of you learn easier by reading rather than listening, and finally all of the images are included. You can take the class over a period of weeks listening to a lecture once a week or get a cup of coffee and in a morning you’ll be done.

Earn a Badge

In the modern world it’s good to let people know your credentials, whether that’s your work history or the degrees you’ve earned. Each of the lectures ends with an exam. If you pass all of the exams you’ll earn a certificate you can post to your LinkedIn profile.

According to the World Economic Forum has released a report and said, “In the next 10 years, the Internet of Things revolution will dramatically alter manufacturing, energy, agriculture, transportation and other industrial sectors of the economy which, together, account for nearly two-thirds of the global GDP.” If that is going to be the case we’re going to need a lot more smart people. Consider registering for the class at

About the author:

Tim has been lucky enough to have a career spanning academia, successful (and not so successful) startups and large corporations.
He was one of only six people to ever hold the President title at Oracle. As President of Oracle On Demand he grew the cloud business from it’s very beginning. Today that part of the Oracle business is over $2B. He wrote about the move of applications to the cloud in 2004 in his first book, “The End of Software”. Today he serves on the board of Blackbaud, an over $600M vertical application software company and is focused on several new ventures in cloud computing, machine learning and the Internet of Things.