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SAS, Ericsson, show contrasting strategic IoT approaches

SAS (Statistical Analysis System) and Ericsson have both announced IoT wings this week, with Ericsson hoping that the new project can help halt five quarters of consecutive losses. For SAS, the new division is aiming to exploit new areas that SAS has previously been serving under its main core – which has customers including GE, Lockheed Martin, and Octo Telematics. To some extent, these two announcements are a tale of two cities – a potentially excellent example of the contrasting motives for pursuing an IoT project. Based on the announcement, it seems that it would be pretty hard for SAS to mess up this opportunity, but for Ericsson, the IoT wing could be a matter of life or death (a…

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