Don Deloach


Road to Resilient Cities

The road to resilient cities, and on a broader basis, the road to a resilient society is an aspiration, but one that we should all be thinking about now. To contemplate this, we need to go back a few years. Early on, the Internet of Things discussion centered mainly around how smart products were becoming smart connected products. For example, the programmable thermostat gave way to Nest or other smart connected thermostats. Around 2013 and 2014, IoT became the new new thing. Everyone was talking about it. We were a “Networked Society” or a part of the “Internet of Everything.” But as often happens, the hype of the new trends give way to maturity and deeper insights required to go from the cool new thing to mainstream adoption. In late 2014, Michael Porter of Harvard and Jim Heppelmann of PTC co-authored a paper in the Harvard Business Review about the progression of IoT. They spoke about the move from “Products” to “Smart Products,” “Smart Connected Products,” “Products Systems,” and ultimately “Systems of Systems.”

About Don

Don DeLoach is an IoT thought leader, author, and CEO with a proven track record of success managing high growth B2B technology companies. A strong leader with a dedication to serving customers and extensive experience in global marketplaces, he is currently President and COO of CENTRI Technology, a provider of advanced security for the Internet of Things. CENTRI eliminates the risk of data exfiltration and loss of equipment command by establishing trusted devices and advanced encryption technology while retaining complete visibility to your data. Prior to joining CENTRI, Don was CEO of Infobright, a technology company focused on storing and analyzing machine-generated data for OEM solutions which was sold to Ignite Technologies and Security On-Demand in two separate transactions. Prior to leading Infobright, Don was at the helm of Aleri, a complex events processing business sold to Sybase in 2010.

Don is Co-chairman of the Midwest IoT Council and on the executive committee of the Array of Things Project (NSF funded project for smart cities). He has held numerous corporate director and board positions including Chairman of Apropos, Inc. Dedicated to both professional and community service, Don also serves on the executive board of the Illinois Technology Association, as well as the Juvenile Protective Association. He is the co-author of “The Future of IoT”, released in June 2017, and has a new book coming out in 2018. He is passionate about the Internet of Things and the Chicago Blackhawks.