What happens when infrastructure startups disappear? Innovation doesn’t stop, but the industry definitely loses a critical font of ideas that challenge the big vendor mentality and established standards. Services innovation is already outpacing network innovation — the problem is only going to get worse.
Where do the worlds of smart grid and smart buildings overlap? Last week saw two big deals — IBM’s purchase of Tririga, and Alstom’s acquisition of UISOL — that help show how muddy that line is becoming.