2016 Panel Discussion, March 18, 2016

Where is the money in IoT?

The market for Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding at astonishing speed and there are plenty of enthusiasm and euphoria in industry about its enormous prospects. This panel discussion attempts to explore business opportunities and challenges in IoT. Internet connected devices are being touted from door knobs to smoke detectors, cars, baby diapers, health monitors, etc. with new products coming to market in rapid successions. As IoT is transforming the business landscape and creating enormous opportunities worldwide, many in Silicon Valley and elsewhere are wondering if the excitement about IoT is short lived as what witnessed in Solar, Nano, Smart Power Grid, etc. or it is different and why? What are the killer apps, challenges, and roadblocks? What does an explosively growing IoT market means to my career? What and where are job opportunities? What area of IoT is the most promising for employment? What areas are ripe for innovations and development of products and services? What pitfalls to avoid? What opportunities to pursue? How can I invest in IoT? The panel will attempt to answer these and other important questions as much as time would allow.



Nadir Ali - CEO, Sysorex
Jim Aralis - CTO, Microsemi
Elliott Yama - VP, Apttus
Steven Woo - VP, Rambus


Panel Moderator:

Daniel A. Nenni - Founder, SemiWiki

About Jim Aralis

Jim Aralis Jim Aralis

Jim Aralis has served as chief technology officer and vice president of R&D for Microsemi since January 2007. He has more than 30 years experience in developing custom analog device and process technologies, analog and mixed-signal ICs and systems, and CAD systems. Jim played a key role in transitioning Microsemi to a virtually fabless model, supporting multiple process technologies including, high voltage and high power BCD/CMOS, high power high integration CMOS, GaAs, SiGe, IPD, RF CMOS SoI, GaN, SiC, and several high-density packaging technologies. From 2000 to 2007, Jim established and served as senior design director of Maxim Integrated Product’s engineering center in Irvine, Calif. Before that, he spent 7 years with Texas Instruments/ Silicon Systems as mixed-signal design head and senior principal engineer. Additional experience includes 11 years with Hughes Aircraft Company in positions of increasing responsibility including senior scientist. Jim earned a bachelor of science degree in Math Applied Science and Physics and a master of science in electrical engineering from UCLA. He holds 9 patents for circuit and system design.

About Nadir Ali

Craig Harper Nadir Ali

Nadir Ali oversees the strategic direction and worldwide operations of Sysorex working with its executive team and 100+ employees to deliver leading edge products and solutions to customers around the globe. Sysorex helps organizations derive real time value by combining data from both the digital and physical worlds. With an innovative approach to big data, analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT), Sysorex blends virtual data from software and networks with physical data generated by mobile devices and Internet-connected things to open new worlds of insight.






About Elliott Yama

Elliott Yama Elliott Yama

Elliott Yama is a Vice President of Best Practices & Knowledge Managementat at Apttus. He has been an Apttus employee since May 2013. In his spare time, Elliott actually reads books about predictive analytics, a restful break from his work in both that very same field.








About Steven Woo

Elliott Yama Steven Woo

Steven Woo is Vice President, Solutions Marketing and Distinguished Inventor at Rambus Inc, where he works on technology and business development efforts across the company. Since joining Rambus in 1996, Steve has worked in various technical roles leading technology development and performance analysis efforts, and in strategy, product planning, and marketing groups leading strategy and planning efforts as well as customer programs. Steve was a recipient of the Rambus Values and Leadership Award, and has over 30 patents in the areas of memory, memory systems, and neural networks. Steve received BS Engineering (with Distinction and with Honors in Engineering) and Master of Engineering degrees from Harvey Mudd College, and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering while working in the Computer Systems Laboratory at Stanford University.



About Daniel A. Nenni

Daniel A. Nenni Daniel A. Nenni

Daniel has worked in Silicon Valley for the past 30 years with computer manufacturers, electronic design automation software, and semiconductor intellectual property companies. He is the founder of (an open forum for semiconductor professionals) and the co-author of "Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry" and "Mobile Unleashed: The Origin and Evolution of ARM Processors in our Devices" . Daniel is an internationally recognized business development professional for companies involved with the fabless semiconductor ecosystem.