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About Paul Albada Jelgersma


Global Head Atos IoT Solutions and member of the Scientific Community

Paul has over 30 years of experience in running IT and business programs; including managing large teams of IT and other professionals. Paul is a founding member of the Atos Scientific Community. In his day job, he focusses on developing and delivering Internet of Things Solutions for our customers. Paul likes to work with Virtual Teams in the new way of work. He dislikes email as a chat and document-management tool. He occasionally writes articles and publishes at his own blog. Paul is married and has 2 children. He lives near Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He likes to travel, moderate hiking and watch Netflix series.




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Articles posted by Paul Albada Jelgersma

Will the Internet of Things revolutionize cloud?

If your car needs data, it is not looking for it in the data center. If your windmill needs data, it is not coming from the cloud. In both cases, and in all cases, when we look at the Internet of Things (IoT), the data is generated locally and is to be used locally, at the device. In addition,…

Scaled up IoT drives business transformation

Paul Albada Jelgersma Global Head Atos IoT SolutionsNiels De Schutter Business Division Connected Living & Mobility at Worldline Julien Bensaid Global Head of Codex, Atos Distinguished ExpertPosted on: 19 April 2018 One of the highlights of our recent Global Analyst Conference in Boston was the genuine sense of enthusiasm following the keynote session where we presented the Atos vision of the…

The journey to managed enterprise IoT - Final Part

In my 1st blog in the series, I shared our vision on how businesses can plan their journey to managed enterprise IoT to achieve the business benefits they envision. We divided this journey into three steps: Enabling the use case, Beyond the use case and Managed Enterprise IoT. This last step is the one which I will discuss in this final blog. As your…

The journey to managed enterprise IoT – Beyond the use case

In my 1st blog in the series, I shared our overview of the journey to managed enterprise IoT, which we divide into three levels of maturity. In my second post you will learn more about the first level: Enabling the use case. Once you have determined the IoT use case you need to…

The journey to managed enterprise IoT - Enabling the use case

In my previous blog, I shared our overview of the journey to managed enterprise IoT, which we divide into three levels of maturity. Here I’ll explain the first level: Enabling the use case. For each company to transform data – the world’s most valuable resource – into business outcomes, they first need…

The journey to managed enterprise IoT

Are you achieving the business benefits that you could? A lot has been said about the data-driven economy we live in and its effects on the people, processes, places and products of all businesses, but how many companies actually use their data efficiently? Every organisation should not only be driven by data or the Internet of Things (IoT – a term…

The challenging future of the data center in an IoT landscape

“Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.” This phrase of Machiavelli’s perfectly aligns with how we should consider the Internet of Things (IoT) – the need to change our mindset regarding the IT industry and how we use data. Better analytics are now creating an amount of information which…

Four ways the Industrial Internet of Things can enable digital transformation in manufacturing

Today the manufacturing industry faces one of the biggest challenges in modern times: how to embrace the next industrial revolution. The technological disruption which has arisen from “Industry 4.0”, the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, has drastically changed how we see the world today. Moreover,…

Watch this space: How to improve your cloud?

The world of cloud computing is rapidly evolving into the world of platforms. For consumers this is already taking shape. You are either Google, Apple or Microsoft. Your email, your agenda, your appstore and your identity are part of the chosen eco-systems and switching between the platforms is difficult at best; it requires a different login code and…

Watch this space: On which platform are you making money?

Platforms, or ecosystems, are the virtual malls of the (near) future. We have the Google, Apple and Microsoft platform – although one could argue that these three are already surpassed by the likes of Facebook and Amazon, who put the big three in the (undesired) corner of ‘technology providers’. Let me explain; a mall is…

Cloudy Olympic Games (part 2) – from 0 to 7 billion in 17 days

Everybody involved in cloud computing will know, or have been told about the benefits it brings in IT cost, resilience and location. The most mentioned benefit has always been that cloud computing allows for scaling up (and down) the necessary IT resources, depending on the demand of the users.…

Cloudy Olympic Games – The art of zero down time

Most companies in the world are now very comfortable to discuss the use of cloud computing for strategic IT functions. Most conversations between users and providers nowadays focus more on cloud aspects such as security, data privacy and information management regulations. But what happens if you add zero-tolerance for a down time into the mix?…

Watch this space: Your future; now available in Real-Time

Imagine you have an automatically and real-time updated agenda - it continuously adapts your schedule to meetings taking longer, predicts and updates in real-time your travel-time to the next meetings and will adapt your schedule because it 'knows' that typically any meeting with your best client always takes 30 minutes longer than you originally plan…

Watch this space: Like Shopping? Prepare for something better

There are 3 reasons I never go shopping without my smart phone; first I need to be able to compare the price of what is on sale with the price I would pay elsewhere, secondly, I like to see a review of the product on-line and thirdly I need to be able to call my wife…

Watch this space: disruptive changes media landscape

I am a news junkie; I eat, drink, snack, swallow and dine copiously on any news source. My starter is the newspaper in the morning, followed by a quick look at some of my favourites online. During the day, when work allows it, I will visit some other sites and during lunch I might have a second look at…

Watch this space: IPv6 – your next cash cow?

For anybody looking at the next big thing, the new ‘killer app’ or the new gold, I recommend to read a new upcoming white paper by the Atos Scientific Community called “IPv6: How Soon is Now?”. The paper explains very well the problem with the way the internet is currently working. It points out that we…

Watch this space: Lucky # 7 – avoiding information overload

I feel much more at ease than I did yesterday. The reason is that I just read the newest whitepaper of the Atos Scientific Community on ‘Information Overload’. The paper explains, that in general we humans can only remember 7 things – what a relief! Trying to remember more creates stress. So I decided to…

Watch this space: The consequences of a stolen phone

Your wallet is stolen. You wanted to pay for your tall latte and it is gone. You search all of your pockets and looked around, bewildered. Maybe somebody found it and will hand it to you. No. It’s gone. The nice lady at the counter understands and gives you your coffee anyhow. That’s nice. It doesn’t…

Watch this space: Curiosity drives cloud computing

I like asking questions and I like getting good answers even better. It is because of that, I now have a love / hate relationship with search engines. Most of the time they give me a 50% answer, a kind of direction, a suggestion, a kind of coaching to the real answer. It is like the joke about the…

Watch this space: A new business model in 3 easy steps

If you like curly fries you are probably intelligent (1). This insight comes from the University of Cambridge. The researchers analysed the data from Facebook to show that ‘surprisingly accurate estimates of Facebook users’ race, age, IQ, sexuality, personality, substance use and political views can be inferred from the analysis of only…

Watch this space: Would you like a cup of IT?

The change in the IT landscape brought about through the introduction of Cloud Computing is now driving a next generation of IT enablement. You might call it Cloud 2.0, but the term ‘Liquid IT’ much better covers what is being developed. In a soon to be published White Paper of the Atos Scientific Community, Liquid…

The ‘Data Explosion’ is real

In their recently published research, Ascent Journey 2016, the Atos Scientific Community considers the massive growth in data and storage as an important trend in IT. Whilst the concept of Big Data has been around for a number of years and is relatively well understood, it is now becoming clear that everything we do is leaving a trail of data that can…

Watch this space: Three reasons to change the Internet now

Times are changing and we all need to adapt. The internet has had a major impact on all of our lives and continues to be a growing force in all aspects of society; in personal interactions, in knowledge management and the way we do business. In an upcoming whitepaper of the Atos Scientific Community, this…

Watch this space: How big is your robot?

What do you get when you combine cloud computing, social networking, big data and modern day engineering? You get a kick-ass robot. This was my first thought when I finished reading a shortly to be published whitepaper by the Atos scientific community on the topic of robots. Central in the paper is the question: “Where is the mind…

Watch this space: IT is from Mars, OT is from Venus

One of the many roles I have in Atos has to do with the partnership that Atos has established with Siemens. The challenge in my job is the fact the Atos, a pure IT service organisation, needs to understand the position and the objectives of Siemens; a company focused on vertical IT that…

Watch this space: How many batteries do you need to visit your mother?

I do not like batteries and I do not much like cars. So when my colleagues talk about these two things in 1 whitepaper you can understand it is something I cannot ignore. Batteries are empty when you need them most (look at any horror movie and you know what…

Watch this space: 3 reasons why you should embrace mobile payments

I once had to go through a very intensive security check because I left a 1 euro piece in my pocket. The pocket had a hole. The euro coin found is way in the fabric and I was setting off all alarms. The only thing that prevented me from having to strip was…

Watch this space: The PaaS cloud computing lock-in and how to avoid it

Cloud Computing changed from choosing an easy solution, into making a difficult decision. The reason is the proliferation of cloud offerings at all layers; today we do not only find ‘everything-as-a-service’ cloud solutions, but also ‘everything-is-tailored-for-your-specific-situation-as-a-service’ tagged as cloud solutions. Is this good? I do not think so. My…

Watch this space: Choose your friends wisely

Sharing your personal information with the founders of FaceBook, MySpace, Pinterest, Friendster, Twitter and LinkedIn is probably something you would think about twice. The association of your private stuff with each of these networks is something you want to take very seriously. There is an interesting tension between social networks and the concept of Privacy. Not only because some…

Watch this space: 6 reasons why Open Innovation is happening now

When is the last time you watched Sesame Street? I was thinking about a wonderful song that has been going around a long time on collaboration and co-operation. (see Sesame Street - "Cooperation Makes It Happen" - first performance in episode 2040 / March 1985). It seems that this way of creating new things is already…

Watch this space: The power of moving pictures

When I came home from holiday, I connected my HD video-camera to my computer and was able to publish my recordings to YouTube in just 1 click (publishing on YouTube was actually even easier than putting it to a DVD). Last month when I wanted to replace the hard disk in my MacBook, I found more…

“Watch this space: Cloud Orchestration and your interoperability strategy”

Life for a CIO or CTO used to be complex. Then came Cloud Computing. Now life is even more complex. A year ago the Atos Scientific Community published a whitepaper on Cloud Computing. In the paper the concept was explained and we predicted that interoperability among clouds was going to be a major headache. The paper…

Watch this space: What did you pay for your corporate smartphone?

I bought my own bed. I like it, it is a big bed with a proper mattress and pocket springs. I also bought my own pillow and now that I think of it, I also bought my own milk and decided, by my own, that I really needed to eat a hamburger and…

Watch this space: The journey of President Obama and the cost of getting there.

“… the success of nanopayments within the social networking environment was the election of Barack Obama as US President. His election was financed by a vast number of small donations that was totally at odds with the way his competitor was financed with much higher and more traditional donations.”…

“Watch this space: Are we happily ruled by spreadsheets?”

I expect that you, like myself,  love and hate spreadsheets. They are a great tool for a large variety of mathematic tasks but also for activities like project-planning or creating a really cool family calendar. And I bet your financial controllers love spreadsheets to bring order to your business world; I can say for myself that…

“Watch this space: the Ultimate Question of life, the Universe, and Everything”

If you are thinking about the number 42 after reading the title of this blog entry, I compliment you about your knowledge of classic science fiction literature – for you there is no reason to read on as you already know everything. For all others, please keep reading because I am about…

“Watch this space: People versus Apps; who is winning?”

During the Web 2.0 conference in October 2011, Steve Ballmer went on stage and expressed to everybody his opinion on the Microsoft Windows Phone user experience in comparison to Android and iPhones: “…but when you grab a Windows phone and use it… your information is front and centre… and you don’t have to scroll through seas…

“Watch this space: Domotics is inevitable”

It is a difficult subject, but everybody wants it. And even though it  has a difficult word to describe it, it is all about ease of use and personal benefits.  The Atos Scientific Community will shortly publish a whitepaper on Domotics. The authors tell us about the big benefits and the wonderful world that awaits us and, fortunately, they are not…

Watch this space: Do you understand the world?

Real estate brokers already know this for years; the most important aspect of their profession is location, location and location. Given the recent boom in providing maps to mobile phones, this aspect of our lives is not just important for real estate brokers anymore. Anybody with a decent smart phone has access to a variety of mapping material,…

Watch this space: "How my friends are helping you to make a change?"

Are you a good manager? That may be a difficult question to answer these days. Different managers manage different things and therefore need different skills. Their skill set can be seen like a Swiss Army Knife, on which every item on the Army Knife represents a different skill. Now, let…

Watch this space: Big Data – Big Problems?

When you run out of space in your cupboard, you go out and buy a new cupboard. You might even choose a similar model so it looks good in your bedroom or kitchen. If you run out of floor-space in your house, the problem is a bit more complex from a financial point of view – but the…

Watch this space: data-centers may be too hot to handle

Global warming is certainly a topic that the IT industry should care about, especially if you consider the way we contribute to the rising CO2 levels and power consumption. Good news, though; apparently we do already care about it.After his earlier report in 2008, on August 1st, 2011, a follow up report was…

Watch this space: Are the financial markets going for an uncontrolled science fiction scenario?

“A storm is coming…” (Sarah Conner in “The Terminator”, 1984). There is more than one doomsday movie that refers to robots or artificial life forms taking over the world. Skynet, introduced in the movie “The Terminator” (James Cameron, 1984), is such a computer based entity that, in the end,…