Critical Automation with Edge Computing

This analyst brief, authored by Acceleration Economy Analyst Leonard Lee, with contribution from analysts Kenny Mullican, and Ronak Mathur, offers insights into critical automation that is used at the network edge. And how those technologies are redefining workflows, changing value propositions, and creating autonomous environments that enable enhanced efficiencies, by removing manual processes from critical operational workflows. 

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Understanding and Executing on the Autonomous Enterprise

In this installment of the Cutting Edge, I’m going to suggest a big picture hypothesis for why edge computing will matter for businesses in the future while attempting to avoid hyperbolizing the possibilities that often are the outcome of such exercises. Hopefully, I can get your creative juices flowing with some inspirational perspectives on edge computing and how it can help you rethink process automation and operations optimization.

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How the Edge Cloud is Shaping the Future of Computing

We have talked about how the edge has and is continuing to become more “cloudified”. Every day, we see multiple press releases from a slew of startups as well as the leading cloud service providers that lend proof to the notion that cloud technologies and service delivery models are making their way across the edge. In this article, I will touch on how the edge cloud is shaping the future of computing.

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Mobile World Congress 2022

It’s been 3 years since the last Mobile World Congress that neXt Curve has attended in person. Needless to say, the global pandemic has all but made in-person events a toil at the least. GSMA, the host of the MWC, found fortune this year as the US and Spain finds themselves on the back end of the Omicron wave. The show that might not have been went on with approximately 60K attendees, and over 1,900 exhibitors in attendance. According to John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA, the event was by all measures as success.

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Getting Back to Business with Edge

Enterprises and government organizations are automating and transforming their businesses and a greater number of applications require low latency, real-time business and operational intelligence. This driving game changing trend will require edge computing….essentially moving data collection, storage, analysis, and intelligence to the data collection point or end-point device. This data collection point or end-point device may range from things such as a factory floor, a medical patient, an elevator, a store front, and even a college campus. The opportunities are endless and an estimated 3 in 4 businesses will be using edge computing solutions over the next 5 years.

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Ultra-Reliable, Lower-Latency Edge Computing

Let’s talk about the first principles of edge computing. Edge computing – why do we do it? Why will we do it? To be honest, edge computing is such a broad and deep topic, it is difficult to discuss the need for it. There are several lenses that can be applied to consider rationale and benefit. I will give it a shot and appreciate your help if you think I got it wrong. We are all in this together.

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The Rise of the Edge Cloud

We have been doing edge computing for a long time, depending on who you ask. If that is the case, what is the big deal about edge computing? It really is the emerging edge cloud. Edge cloud can be defined as the rapid push of cloud computing out across the edge continuum between the central data center or public cloud megaplexes to the on-premise edge appliances supporting IoT (Internet of Things) applications or a base station at the edge of the mobile network.

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What is Edge Computing?

There is a huge need for an industry-wide level set on edge computing. No doubt, all of you are being bombarded with vendor messaging, white papers, and panel discussions on the “edge” and “edge computing” being the next big thing. In some ways, that’s true. In other ways, it’s nothing to get excited about. So, let’s start unpacking edge computing and go over the principle lenses required to build an understanding of what edge computing has become, and will become, as it continues to evolve. 

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Mobile World Congress LA 2021

Mobile World Congress Los Angeles 2021 was the first in-person industry event for neXt Curve in 20 months. It felt good to be out of the house. Expectations for the massive turnouts of yesteryear were duly subdued given that the global COVID-19 pandemic is still in effect. Nevertheless, the smaller scale was a welcome introduction back to what we can hope is a return to normal. For the operators in the Americas, it looks like the pandemic has meant back to a pre-pandemic mindset. Back to connectivity.

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