Scott.Nelson

Scott.Nelson

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For more than 30 years Scott Nelson has led product development, product management, and entrepreneurial business growth as a technology and business leader. In 2015 he founded Reuleaux Technology, LLC, which advises companies and startups on strategies and new-business development in IoT markets.

After beginning his career at Honeywell in the Corporate R&D center he spent the next 15 years at Logic PD as CTO and EVP. At Logic PD he worked with hundreds of companies on business strategy and new product introductions while growing the company’s Product Development and Products business to one of the most well-known and largest design and engineering service organizations in the country with design centers in Minneapolis, Boston and San Diego.

More recently he was the Chief Product Officer and Vice President of Product at Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII), a leading global provider of business and mission-critical Internet of Things (IoT) products and services and the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at SkyWater Technology Foundry, where he led strategy, growth, and new-offering development.

Scott was named a Titan of Technology by the MSP Business Journal in 2015 and received an HW Sweatt award while at Honeywell. He holds a Ph.D. in applied and engineering physics from Cornell University, a doctoral minor in business administration from the Samuel Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and a B.A. degree in physics and mathematics from St. Olaf College.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Scott Nelson and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by Scott.Nelson

I didn’t expect that
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I didn’t expect that

5 unexpected learnings from the past five years of IoT.
October 17, 2019
5 vital IoT lessons from 2017
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5 vital IoT lessons from 2017

5 big news stories and trends for companies to remember about the Internet of Things in 2017.
January 3, 2018
CEO Andy Jassy reveals AWS’ plans for the IoT
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CEO Andy Jassy reveals AWS’ plans for the IoT

If we can really “rain down” machine learning combined with modular computing, connectivity, and closed-loop controls in a secure framework at the edge – we won’t be “waiting” for IoT success anymore.
November 30, 2017
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3 keys to financial success in the Industrial Internet of Things

The Industrial Internet of Things is moving to a higher gear with smaller steps as demonstrated by several recent deployments. One company is providing a working tutorial of three steps to a cost effective deployment of IIoT.
March 9, 2017
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Payers of chronic care: why not spend a little to save a lot?

Insurers and payers drive chronically ill, self-treated patients like diabetics away from better health and lower costs by continuing to increase the costs of treatment to the patient. An analysis of diabetes from a therapy and costs approach will provide an example with the number one chronic illness in terms of cost in the U.S.
February 23, 2017
Inevitability of IoT creates new challenges for manufacturers
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Inevitability of IoT creates new challenges for manufacturers

The big story coming out of CES 2017 is that the IoT is coming to our lives whether we want it or not. The promise of data from the use of all products is motivating manufacturers to include the connectivity even if users do not need it. But the inclusion of connectivity and cloud data functions without consideration of user needs can have serious unintended consequences in the form of misleading data, brand erosion from product misuse, to massive security malfeasance like the DYN DDOS attack.
January 17, 2017
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10 giant steps for the Internet of Things in 2016

Looking back events and developments in the Internet of Things in 2016 we find 10 "giant steps" forward in the development of the ecosystem and business experience using the IoT to create value. We have new insights from the mistakes of some and new opportunities revealed by the actions of others.
December 5, 2016
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Explaining the IoT buyer’s dilemma of propellers and propellerheads

Traditional industrial equipment manufacturing companies as well as Internet of Things (IoT) hardware companies are struggling with transformation through acquisition because of the huge valuation chasm between the earnings based valuations typical in their space and the revenue based valuations prevalent in the software-driven X-as-a-Service space. Companies who are succeeding in IoT transformations have recognized the differences between asset acquisitions and the people focused acquisitions of the IoT.
November 22, 2016
What door locks teach us about IoT cybersecurity
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What door locks teach us about IoT cybersecurity

With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) mechanical and cyber security have converged for the general public in the form of passwords and fingerprints on smartphones integrated with keyed door locks as so called “smart locks.” rnThis convergence creates an opportunity for new learning for both worlds, mechanical and cyber security.
October 11, 2016
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Simplify to get clarity in the shifting spectrum of IoT value propositions

Value in the IoT has been validated recently by big acquisitions but is also shifting as early players move their focus in the technology stack. Finding a value proposition in the IoT stack can be confusing and complicated but there is a method that simplifies the search and provides the focus necessary for success.
August 25, 2016
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Asking ‘Why?’ will define the Internet of Things 2.0

The Internet of Things 2.0 is emerging and it will bring an end to the technology push that has characterized efforts to create value with the IoT up to now. The IoT 2.0 will be defined by the "why" of new offerings and lead by those companies who lead with a design thinking approach to their product developments.
May 25, 2016
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How hardware builds two-sided markets in the Internet of Things

"Software is eating the world" but hardware is the key to building two-sided markets, also called platform business models, in the Internet of Things. Application software facilitates monetization, but consumers and producers are drawn to the marketplace by the adoption of hardware and the data that hardware produces.
May 6, 2016
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Searching for a path to IoT security

A discussion with a security expert and IoT security skeptic leads to a consensus on how to find an appropriate balance of risk to value in IoT applications.
March 25, 2016
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It’s 2:00 a.m. – do you know where your data streams are?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere – it’s ubiquitous. If we have 50 billion connected devices and trillions of sensors we will be awash in both things and streams of data. Although the cloud is geographically undefined, even cloud location has importance at times; just ask anyone working on a digital health application in the EU. But even if we don't care where the data we pull from the cloud is stored, that data has little value if we don’t know the location of its origin – its source in the physical world.
March 14, 2016
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Chief IoT Officer will be another cost saving for the CEO

Many have recently surmised that the need for IoT strategy justifies a new C-level role -- the Chief Internet of Things Officer (CIoT). While the logic behind the need for leaders with new IoT skills and capabilities is strong and valid, the impact of the IoT on the C-suite is going to be more in line with its impact on operations – cost savings.
March 1, 2016
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3 reasons why healthcare CIOs love wearables

Healthcare CIOs have been given a great gift for their efforts to deal with the transformation from pay-for-service to pay-for-value -- wearable devices. Strategically minded CIOs will aggressively take action to help their organization leverage this technology for big data analytics and population health management.
January 28, 2016