Kai Waehner – Speaker interview

Kai Waehner

Kai Waehner works as Technical Evangelist at TIBCO. Kai’s main area of expertise lies within the fields of Big Data, Analytics, Machine Learning, Integration, SOA, Microservices, BPM, Cloud, Java EE and Enterprise Architecture Management. He is regular speaker at international IT conferences such as JavaOne, ApacheCon or OOP, writes articles for professional journals, and shares his experiences with new technologies on his blog (www.kai-waehner.de/blog). Find more details and references (presentations, articles, blog posts) on his website: www.kai-waehner.de

Q. You’re speaking at Voxxed Days Bucharest in March. Tell us a bit about your session.

I will talk about the challenges of IoT integration. You have to interconnect small devices or sensors which have very low computing power, latency issues and other problems. However, IoT only works if different devices can communicate with with each other (and other backend / cloud services). Integration is key to make IoT successful. This is also very relevant at the edge where the devices are located. This session will discuss and demo several open source frameworks for IoT integration at the edge to ingest, integrate, orchestrate and control devices. Examples: Apache Nifi, StreamSets, Eclipe IoT, NodeRED, Flogo.

Q. Why is the subject matter important?

We will have billions of devices and sensors to integrate in the next years. Without integration, IoT cannot be successful. If analysts are right, you will have to spend around 50% of time and money on building IoT apps and logic, and the other 50% on integration of these apps with their environment. Therefore, every IoT developer will face IoT integration.

Q. Who should attend your session?

Developers, architects and project leads who are interested in IoT, integration, open source frameworks.

Q. What are the key things attendees will take away from your session?

Key Take-Aways for the attendees:
· The growing IoT industry and and billions of edge devices have to be integrated with agile, flexible frameworks and tools
· See how to build very lightweight microservices for IoT edge integration
· Comparison of very lightweight open source frameworks where writing source code is just an option, but not necessarily needed in many scenarios due to zero-coding web IDEs
· Get a feeling of these frameworks in some “live coding demos” where technologies such as MQTT or WebSockets are integrated
· Understand the relation of these open source frameworks to other IoT offerings on the market such as SaaS IoT offerings (e.g. AWS IoT) or big data and streaming analytics platforms5.

Q. Aside from speaking at Voxxed Days Bucharest, what else are you excited about for 2017?

There are a few cutting edge concepts and technologies which will see a lot of traction and market adoption in 2017: Internet of Things, Machine Learning / Deep Learning, Blockchain. We will see exciting new use cases about these topics. The digital transformation is just getting started.

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