The Internet of Things (IoT)


IDC and Conferenz are proud to collaborate to bring a new and improved Internet of Things Conference to New Zealand. 

The 2015 Internet of Things conference will focus on practical benefits and IoT business values for New Zealand businesses. We aim to provide a knowedge-sharing environment where companies can learn from each other and understand how to benefit from IoT applications.

3 reasons to attend:

  • Gain actionable insights to enable real business transformation
  • Be inspired by understanding how to leverage the potential of connected devices and connected businesses
  • Connect and collaborate with NZ leaders who are already leveraging IoT technology

Previous conference attendees have included:

From the following companies: 

•    ASB Bank
•    Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development
•    Auckland Transport
•    Beca Limited
•    BP New Zealand
•    Facilities Management Association of New Zealand
•    Fonterra Co-operative Group
•    Gallagher Group
•    Honda New Zealand
•    HP
•    IBM
•    Loyalty NZ
•    Lumley General Insurance
•    National Technology Institute
•    New Zealand Management Academies
•    New Zealand Technology Industry Association
•    Orion Health
•    Philips New Zealand
•    Sky Network Television
•    Sovereign
•    Tower New Zealand
•    Wanganui District Council
•    Z Energy



  • Vernon Turner

    Vernon Turner

    Senior Vice President of Enterprise Systems and Fellow for the Internet of Things, IDC

    Vernon created IDC's leading Internet Of Things research domain and is a member of the IoT World Forum Steering Committee. He has helped drive research on the evolution of the Internet Of Things and the next-generation Internet Infrastructure.

  • Mack Sarawat

    Mack Sarawat

    Chief Technology Innovator, eCentre

    For the past 10 years Mack has spent most of his time at Universities and research institutions, gaining a bachelor degree in biochemical technology from India and M.Res from Edinburgh, UK. He completed his Ph.D in Biochemistry from MasseyUniversity and that’s where he met some really cool and extraordinary individuals, who came together to start a biotech company. He is co-founder and CSO of Lifeonics and he drives the company’s scientific ventures and R&D.

  • Wayne Pick

    Wayne Pick

    Executive Creative Director, Proximity

    With almost 20 years of global experience on some of the world’s biggest brands, Wayne has worked at leading agencies in the USA, UK, Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand. He has lectured on digital and advertising craft in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, including SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Social Media Week NYC, and the DMA Conventions in San Francisco, San Diego and Las Vegas (where he was rated as one of the most popular guest speakers). He has won over 100 international creative and effectiveness awards for his work in digital, experiential and direct – including Gold at Cannes, Effies, Caples and the DMA Echos - and the Grand Prix for 3 consecutive years at the MA’s RSVP Awards.

  • Andrew van Bunnik

    Andrew van Bunnik

    Marketing Manager, FarmIQ

    Andrew van Bunnik is an experienced sales and marketing professional, with background in utilities, consumer electronics and IT. Involved in startups and small to larger organisations with a passion around using technology.

  • Hal Josephson

    Hal Josephson

    Founder, Mediasense

    Hal Josephson is the Founder of MediaSense, an international business development firm specializing in trans-border economic development, strategic marketing and special project management. In addition to his work in the private sector, Hal has worked with the Chinese, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian governments to help these organizations develop and implement strategies and programs to increase overall economic development including export and regional business potential. Hal has worked on economic development initiatives surrounding high profile events including the Sydney and Beijing Games, the America’s Cup, Shanghai World Expo and the Rugby World Cup.

  • Ron Stuart

    Ron Stuart

    Manager Supply Strategy - Commercial Strategy and Delivery, DIA

    Ron is a futurist, strategist and decision scientist with a history of providing outstanding results to both the private and public sectors in areas such as both organizational design, ICT strategy and design, restructuring, workforce planning, outsourcing, change management, human capital management and supply chain management including strategic procurement and strategic sourcing. He is also deeply involved in the development of advanced predictive analytics and decision science skills and techniques.

  • Dr. Erika Pearson

    Dr. Erika Pearson

    Technology commentator and lecturer, Otago University

    Erika is a technology commentator and a senior lecturer at the department of Media, Film and Communication at theUniversity of Otago. She first used the internet in the days of dial-up modems and has stayed there ever since. She researches social groups, personal identity, digital media and digital culture.

  • Armadeep Sandhu

    Armadeep Sandhu

    System Developer, Lemonade Labs

    Amardeep is the Founder and Managing Director of Lemonade Labs.
    He is a seasoned senior executive and management consultant, who is also a successful entrepreneur. He enjoys the challenge of leading and delivering evidence led strategic transformation through innovative business and operating models that engage and create demonstrable value for customers, staff and stakeholders.
    He is passionate about developing systems that enables better teams and communities. He is leveraging his unique mix of soft ‘behavioural’ and hard ‘quantitative’ skills to bring management, social science, physics, computing and design together and integrate behavioural algorithms, artificial intelligence and advanced analytics to build computational solutions.
    He has previously founded and sold an advanced analytics company Midas Infomedia Limited, that was ranked 46th fastest growing (2011) and maintained position (in the top 100) on the list in 2012 (Deloitte AsiaPacific Technology Fast 500).
    His current start up is Lemonade Labs Limited. Lemonade Labs business is researching, developing and delivering tools to deal with organizational complexity and uncertainty. We recognize that organizations are complex social systems. We have evidence based behavioural software products that simulate future scenarios and test interventions to find the best outcome for a given scenario.

  • Douglas Bellin

    Douglas Bellin

    Global Senior Manager Manufacturing, Cisco Systems

    Doug has been a Cisco Employee for over 8 years. He has a previous history in the RFID Space across Asia Pacific. He was instrumental in running a Business Intelligence software company and bringing it to the Asia marketspace. He also has 5 years in the steel and food manufacturing industry. Based in Seattle, WA currently under the Global Center of Expertise covering Manufacturing and Mining customers.

  • Stephen Broadbent

    Stephen Broadbent

    Country Manager - New Zealand, Rockwell Automation

    Stephen Broadbent joined Rockwell Automation in 2006 and is currently the Country Manager for Rockwell Automation New Zealand. He is a multi-industry specialist in power electronics, variable speed drive design and application. Stephen heads the New Zealand business of Rockwell Automation across software automation solutions and industrial products. He is passionate about the business productivity improvements and consumer experience benefits that the Connected Enterprise will bring as the Internet of Everything becomes mainstream vocabulary.

  • Carrie MacGillivray

    Carrie MacGillivray

    Program Vice President, Mobile Services, IoT and Network Infrastructure, IDC

    Carrie MacGillivray is a Program Vice President on IDC’s mobility team, and is responsible for mobile services, Internet of Things (IoT) and wireless network infrastructure research. Carrie's in-depth analysis examines market developments, quantifies the market opportunity and provides comprehensive analysis for the mobile operator in serving both consumers and businesses as well as leading IDC's IoT research efforts examining this burgeoning market. She leads the consumer research on the evolving mobile services market, consumer adoption multi-share plans/device upgrade programs services and connected car strategies. Her insights also extend to enterprise mobility including corporate liability from an operator perspective, managed mobility, fixed mobile convergence, multinational mobility strategies and advanced mobile services for businesses. Across her mobile services research she examines the implications of wireless displacement, mobile VoIP, and managed WiFi. She also directs the research of IDC's wireless network infrastructure team and assesses the crucial role it plays in providing the transport for all mobile services services - especially the evolution of mobile backhaul and the heterogeneous network.
    Carrie's research in the Internet of Things ecosystem spans the impact of installed sensors to the need for analytics to the opportunity for social business within the context of the IoT domain. She works with IDC's global IoT team to size and forecast the installed base and revenue opportunity within this new, and quickly, expanding market. 

  • Travis Barker

    Travis Barker

    Consulting Partner, Stellar Consulting

    Travis founded Stellar alongside business partners John McDermott and Grant Broadbent in 2008 to provide organisations with world-class advice and expertise from a local independent provider in the rapidly emerging Business Intelligence space.
    Today, in addition to his consulting role, Travis plays an integral part in shaping and driving Stellar’s strategic business direction and industry authority. He is passionate about exploring emerging technologies to improve the speed and simplicity of information distribution, and if he is not sharing his knowledge and experience on the subject at industry seminars he will likely be found seeking the opinions of others.

  • Graeme Meyer

    Graeme Meyer

    Automation Consultant, Comsmart

    Graeme has worked extensively globally on the development of International Standards for Automation and the implementation of MES/MOM projects.
    From 1999 to 2005 Graeme was Global Convenor of ISO15745 - Open Systems Application Integration Framework working closely with all major international automation companies.
    Graeme returned to Fonterra in 2005 and as Automation Manager played a key role in the development of automation, infrastructure and security standards to meet rapidly increasing requirements for manufacturing due to the increased capability of network and internet technology and the risks that come with it.
    From 2009 - 2015 as Fonterra’s Automation to Information Systems Integration Manager, Graeme was responsible for the development of MES/MOM standards for the connectivity of multiple automation platforms to multiple ERP instances in Fonterra.
    In his last 12 months at Fonterra, Graeme played a key role in researching and developing automation and IT solutions to improve Fonterra’s traceability capability to meet increasing customer and consumer expectations for food and nutritional products globally.

  • Myles Matheson

    Myles Matheson

    Solution Specialist, Microsoft New Zealand

    Myles Matheson is a Solution Specialist for Microsoft New Zealand. He has worked in the field of business intelligence and data warehousing for the last 18 years both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. His focus is on the delivery of business intelligence projects, project management, training staff, and the development of data delivery methodologies. He has vast knowledge and experience in the business intelligence strategies and technologies that are currently deployed in the NZ and global market place.
    His involvement spans from design and development to support of business intelligence systems using Microsoft technologies. Myles regularly speaks at Microsoft events such as Ignite demonstrating the SQL Server platform and discussing the business impacts and trends of data and BI.

  • Scott Pollard

    Scott Pollard

    New Zealand Manager Machine-to-Machine, Vodafone New Zealand

    Scott Pollard leads New Zealand’s machine-to-machine line of business. Globally ranked number 1 machine-to-machine provider by analysts firms Machina Research/Analysys Mason and Gartner, Vodafone manages more than 22 million cellular machine-to-machine connections and devices across more than 640 Networks. New Zealand is ranked one of the most mature markets internationally with over 1.2M machine-to-machine connections in its own right.
    Scott has experience in operations, marketing and sales leadership across large organisations in the retail, telecommunications, financial services and energy sectors. His previous roles have included Sales Manager for Mighty River Power and management of a multi-million capital expenditure for New Zealand Post and Kiwibank to revitalize their retail store and bank branch network.


Agenda: Day 1

8.00 Registration and coffee
8.45 Welcome from the organisers
8.50 Opening remarks from the Chair
9.00 International Keynote Speaker: Spoiler Alert: Everyone will need an IoT business plan
Everyone is talking about the Internet of Things, but most are still trying to understand what the IoT will mean for them. Tackling the IoT from the point of connecting an unconnected object to your network is like skiing down a mountain just after an avalanche warning has been issued – you know that you have to go fast to stay ahead of the eventual outcome, but you really can’t articulate why you thought it was a good idea in the first place. With the IoT, we know that significant widespread business and industry disruption is about to come down on us, but many can’t present the ROI case for it, beyond saying that it seems like it should be done. This presentation will lay the foundation of how to build the case for a corporate-wide IoT initiative that will require your company’s CxO suite all to be on the same page – that’s how important the IoT will be to you, your customers, competitors, your IT partners and your employees. Are you ready for the IoT avalanche?
Vernon Turner, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Systems and Fellow for the Internet of Things, IDC
9.40 The smart enterprise – Defining your IoT roadmap
• Funding your IoT initiatives by driving cost savings and revenues
• Assessing commercial feasibility and monetisation of IoT
• Enabling disruptive business models

Douglas Bellin, Global Senior Manager Manufacturing, Cisco Systems
Matthew Treeby, Commercial Marketing Manager South Pacific, Rockwell Automation
10.20 Morning break & refreshments
10.40 IoT 2.0: The Future of Things
IoT is not about things – it’s about data.
The Internet of Things is set to revolutionise business as we know it.
In this session, Microsoft and Stellar will provide a glimpse into the future of IoT to help you capitalise on the vast opportunity and avoid unnecessary cost & complexity in your business.

Myles Matheson, Solution Specialist, Microsoft
Travis Barker, Consulting Partner, Stellar Consulting
11.20 Delivering higher value propositions by delighting your customers
• Creating stronger bonds between you and your customers
• Showcasing real life experiences that have created value for consumers
• Engaging with your audience – Turning customers into advocates

Wayne Pick, Executive Creative Director, Colenso BBDO

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11.50 Case Study: Enabling new ways to achieve better productivity and profitability
• Leveraging technology to create a consumer-driven, integrated value chain for red meat in New Zealand
• Delivering sustainable benefits to all participants - farmers, processors, marketers and consumers
• Differentiating services and products to enable Kiwi products to compete internationally

Andrew van Bunnik, Marketing Manager, FarmIQ
FarmIQ is one of the Ministry for Primary Industry’s Primary Growth Partnerships
12.20 Panel Discussion: Understanding the impact of IoT on organisations
• Does IoT provide platforms for delivering new avenues for business value?
• Implementing effective partnerships and collaboration with key stakeholders
• Supply chain efficiencies - Enabling smarter convergence between IT and business processes
• Fast ROI through IoT: smart building solutions delivering value in the near term

Matty Blomfield, CEO, Hacktivate
Carrie MacGillivray, Program Vice President Mobile Services IoT and Network Infrastructure, IDC
Moderator Hal Josephson, Founder, MediaSense

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1.00 Lunch break
3.20 Afternoon break & refreshments
4.20 Closing Keynote Speaker
Do we need an internet of skills?
• Exploring futures of IoT in New Zealand
• Managing the multiple layers - people, processes and things
• Opportunities and obstacles for the IoT and business transformation

Dr. Erika Pearson, Technology commentator and lecturer, Otago University
5.00 Summary remarks from the Chair and Networking Drinks


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IoT Adoption in NZ: Breaking down the barriers

Monica Collier

Writer, Researcher, Analyst. Accredited NPS Practitioner

Monica Collier

As a business leader you’re probably already familiar with the Internet of Things (IoT). You have an understanding of the IoT ecosystem – devices, connectivity, platforms, applications, analytics and security. But ponder this question – if your twelve-year-old child, or seventy-year-old mum asks you “What is the Internet of Things? Why is it important?” how would you answer?

You could say that the IoT ecosystem allows people to remotely control, locate, and track everyday things. That organisations use IoT solutions to solve problems, improve processes, and provide insights to cut costs and increase revenue. But that’s a rather generic and boring explanation, your twelve year old is fidgeting and your mum has fallen asleep.

You could tell them stories about how innovative organisations are coming up with amazing uses for IoT. Globally, businesses are using IoT across verticals to manage energy use and reduce carbon footprint.  Biometric wearables assist healthcare providers to diagnose and manage patients. Utility companies and their customers benefit from smart metering. Data driven crop insights from smart tractors are transforming agriculture. Attaching RFID tags to cattle is changing the shape of herd management. At international IoT events, speakers talk about the smart city initiatives underway in Christchurch. 

Now we’re getting somewhere! Your audience can envision and understand these examples. Then your twelve-year-old says “Yeah, cool story Dad, but what’s in it for me?”.

Your business stakeholders sit in a similar position. Their understanding of IoT is often driven from their experience of consumer IoT products. Consumer IoT is at the top of the hype curve right now. Fitness bands, connected temperature sensors and smart fridges and washing machines fuel the hype.  When you talk about IoT at work what you don’t want is your stakeholders imagining conversations between their household appliances. You want a shared understanding of how IoT based solutions can improve revenue, cut costs and provide insight.

Barriers to IoT Adoption in New Zealand

In New Zealand, IDC research has shown that the biggest barriers to adoption of IoT/M2M solutions are:

  1. A difficulty in quantifying the benefits of the solution
  2. Illustrating a return on investment within an acceptable timeframe.

Conceptually, IoT solutions stack up, but sometimes not enough existing information is available to state business case numbers with confidence. With device costs plummeting as the technologies mature, the ROI problem is usually more about quantifying the benefits of IoT rather than the costs to deliver it.

Overcoming Adoption Barriers

IoT solutions are not one-size-fits-all. Business and technical stakeholders need to be clear on defining the problem that needs to be solved. It’s not about stating that a process takes too long, and that automation will make it faster. It is about defining that human errors in the process cause rejected orders which results in order cancellations and customer churn. The problem to be solved is not the time the process takes. The problems are customer churn and non-productive employee time spent fixing rejected items. Your goal is not to get to 100% correct orders processed in an average of x minutes. You are seeking 0% customer dissatisfaction and 0% wasted employee time. Those are the true measures of the success of your IoT solution.

Solving problems with IoT requires a consultative approach and specific vertical knowledge to draw out requirements. Stakeholders are buying an outcome: a better process, meaningful insights, improved awareness, or safety.  IoT is still maturing, and even as it does, standard out of the box solutions may not always solve your organisation's unique problems.

Fortunately, the number of global and local case studies are growing, especially in more mature IoT solutions such as smart metering.  Still, a small investment into a rock solid proof of concept will give you confidence that the solution will solve the problem. It will provide tangible results to populate your business case and give you some great stories to influence your stakeholders.

Whilst IoT solutions need to focus on solving business problems, your IoT ecosystem design should ensure you can leverage your investment with agility. How you utilise components of an IoT solution to meet a business need may need to be bespoke, but the architectural building blocks should be standard.  Get your architecture right and your business case for later solutions becomes a whole heap easier.

Understand your organisation’s barriers to IoT adoption, and take action to break down those barriers.  You’ll ensure your people have a common understanding of the problem that needs to be solved and the pragmatic benefits of IoT for them.  You’ll help to build knowledge and expertise in your IoT processes and you’ll illustrate the importance of standard building blocks to create multiple custom solutions.  By overcoming adoption barriers, you'll lead your organisation towards a truly connected business.


IDC's New Global IoT Decision Maker Survey Quantifies the IoT Opportunity

Ullrich Loeffler

Managing Director Australia & New Zealand at IDC

Ullrich Loeffler While the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to evolve and expand, moving from the planning stage to execution, the momentum is quantifiable. According to a new global IoT decision maker survey from International Data Corporation (IDC), 73% of respondents have already deployed IoT solutions or plan to deploy in the next 12 months.

IDC's research shows that the enterprise opportunity is where the IoT potential resides both in terms of spending and the number of endpoints connected. "IoT momentum continues to grow and our survey shows that it is seen as strategic to the enterprise," said Vernon Turner, Senior Vice President and Research Fellow - Internet of Things.

IoT awareness is gaining traction in the retail and manufacturing industries with 56% and 53% of respondents (respectively) showing high awareness of the IoT. In addition, a full 58% of respondents consider the IoT a strategic initiative, with a further 24% viewing it as transformative. The healthcare industry leads the field with 72% of respondents identifying IoT as strategic, followed by transportation and manufacturing at 67% and 66%, respectively. Government lags behind in overall awareness and often needs clarification around the IoT basics.

"IDC's 2015 survey shows the regional differences in terms of awareness, adoption, and plans for implementation," added Carrie MacGillivray, Vice President, IoT & Mobile. "With nearly 2,500 survey respondents from 15 countries, including the United States, Brazil, China, India, and Germany, we are able to provide quantifiable evidence that the Internet of Things is a not just a concept, but a real global accelerator of the 3rd Platform."

Additional findings from IDC's IoT decision maker survey include:

- Similar to last year's survey findings, security remains a leading challenge, but now upfront and ongoing costs have become the top challenges.
- While considered leaders in the IoT, hardware vendors lost ground in 2015 as software vendors are overtaking equipment vendors.
- IoT processing at the edge of the network (compared to processing back at the enterprise) is a clear requirement and will challenge many IoT architecture designs.
- The retail industry remains an underdog, but shouldn't go unnoticed now, or over the next 24 months.

IDC's 2015 Global IoT Decision Maker Survey was conducted in July and August 2015 and included 2,350 respondents. The data was weighted by GDP and included enterprises with 500+ employees (with no more than 30% of respondents representing 500-999 employees). At least 50% of respondents had at least heard the term IoT. Respondents were required to be involved in IT and/or business decisions at their company (50/50 split of these respondents), and were director level or above

The Global IoT Decision Market Survey results were presented in a recent IDC Web Conference, Internet of Things: New Worldwide Demand Side Research on Perceptions and Plans for Adoption.

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