Lara Lopez, IT Market Exploitation Coordinator, Atos Research & Innovation
|75 billion connected devices are expected to be installed worldwide by 2025. We are living a phenomenon where smart devices are integrated in daily life. Internet of Things is not just a matter of industry. In a relatively short time connectedness has extended to an endless list of ‘things’ as citizens are becoming dependent of their own devices, such as smartphones, tablets or laptops. It’s the dawn of a new era. In the Digital Era mentality is changing, it is not only about consuming technology but changing lifestyle. In this context, organizations are experiencing a full transformation looking for new ways to interact with customers, being innovative and remaining ahead their competition.|
But this is not something that has happen in a short period of time. In the last 30 years organizations have started their digitization process, converting their analogue information into digital one. This change has been experienced at all levels within the society, from business to healthcare. Traditional paper is now a sequence of 0s and 1s.
In the last years the rise of Internet of Things and Cloud Computing have foster the digitalization process within different industries. Terms such as Industry 4.0, Big Data, Smart Cities or Machine to Machine are parts of the common languages. Companies are not only digitizing their information but taking advantage of digital technology to improve their processes.
These changes are pushing the digital transformation of the society, which is not only about consuming technology but completely changing the business culture. Lower barriers to enter in new markets, emerging business models, updated socio-economic structures are creating new challenges and opportunities for business. These new digital businesses are expected to complement traditional ones, increasing user experience as a masterpiece of core business.
Connecting people, devices and services into one single digital ecosystem is a real need for the following years, and new solutions must be able to adapt to specific user needs in a dynamic way. According to Gartner, cloud computing is a vehicle for next-generation digital businesses. Summing up the IoT digital mesh, market is facing a new big wave where the concept of fog computing arises as a key enabler. This movement between fog and cloud computing is expected to set the basis for new business models with more interaction between humans and technology.
In this sense, mF2C aims to bridge the gap between cloud and fog computing, paving the road for digital transformation. mF2C framework will boost Cloud, Fog and IoT markets proposing new peer-to-peer business models based on the concept of sharing economy, fostering the participation in a cooperative resource sharing framework.