Connected things are quickly expanding, beyond their traditional scope of industrial plumbing and their recent emergence as lifestyle novelty, to become a global and everyday norm. After the revolution comes the need for sustainable operation: what's involved in assuring that today's Internet of Factories, Internet of Transactions, and emerging Internet of Personal Devices can scale to the demands of billions of people and tens of billions of everythings? Peter Coffee, VP for Strategic Research at salesforce.com inc., examines the challenges and highlights the opportunities for robust and responsible leadership in the world that's taking shape today.
Peter Coffee is VP for Strategic Research at salesforce.com inc. He has been with the company for seven years, following nineteen years as a columnist and editor with the industry publications PC Tech Journal, PC Week and eWEEK. He works with IT managers and application developers to build a global community on the Salesforce1 cloud computing platform, combining the Force.com, Heroku1 and ExactTarget Fuel service portfolios.
Peter holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, with subsequent faculty appointments in IT management at Pepperdine; expert-systems programming at UCLA; and business analytics at Chapman College. He is the author of two books, How To Program Java and Peter Coffee Teaches PCs. He is a winner of the Neal Award for excellence in business journalism and the American Radio Relay League's "Silver Antenna" award for service to amateur radio.
In recent years, Peter has worked with customers and partners throughout the Americas and in Australia, India and EU countries as well as lecturing at MIT, Harvard, Stanford, the CalTech/MIT Enterprise Forum and UCLA. Previously, Peter was the first manager of PC integration at The Aerospace Corporation, where he also worked in national security space-asset applications of AI techniques; before that, he worked with Exxon's production, chemical, and research divisions in arctic development, special materials manufacturing and alternative-fuels projects ranging from the north slope of Alaska to the Gulf Coast. His other work has included computer game development and migration of defense-sector management tools from minicomputer to PC platforms. Follow him on Twitter @petercoffee.