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Why Facebook Might Emerge As The Biggest Internet of Things Company

Just within a few years of its existence, Facebook has achieved a cult following. From teenagers to professionals to senior citizens, everyone has an account with the world’s most powerful social media platform. For many Internet users, their connected experience starts and ends with Facebook. According to the official statistics, there are 1.39 billion monthly active users on average. However, the company is not just focused on becoming the largest social network. Mark and his team are eyeing for a slice of the Internet pie. From instant messaging to advertising to mobile payments to virtual reality to photos, Facebook wants to be synonymous with the connected world. Internet.org is an ambitious project for Facebook that aims to make the Internet available to every person on earth.

Facebook is also cognizant of the fact that mobile devices are the window to the connected world. According to Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI), global mobile data traffic grew 69 percent in 2014 generating about 2.5 exabytes of data per month. The majority of the smartphone users prefer mobile applications over the browser. Developers are building and publishing millions of mobile apps on Apple App Store and Google Play. Sensing this opportunity, Facebook acquired Parse in 2013 for a whopping $85 million. During its launch, Parse was nothing short of a revolution for mobile application development. It empowered developers to build powerful applications without ever dealing with the server and storage infrastructure. Officially known as Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS), the market opportunity attracted many startups. When Facebook acquired it, Parse’s customers were skeptical about the future especially after eBay killed StackMob – a key competitor of Parse. Though Facebook did not put efforts to integrate Parse with the rest of the platform, it let the team innovate. Parse has been steadily adding features making it easy for developers building consumer applications and casual games.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.