IMC chooses HPE’s Bregulla as 2019 chairman
January 8, 2019
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) vice president Volkhard Bregulla has been elected 2019 chairman of the IoT M2M Council (IMC). He will be joined for the first time by an IMC vice chairman, Sara Brown, VP of marketing with MultiTech Systems.
The IMC has 25,000 members and is the largest trade organisation serving the IoT technology sector. Bregulla is vice president for global manufacturing, automotive and IoT at HPE. He succeeds Syed Hosain, CTO of Aeris, as IMC chair.
"The IMC is unique in that it is gathering at scale enterprise users and OEMs that buy IoT technology," said Bregulla. "We reach out to those that are actually deploying IoT to learn what their needs are and how we can help them. By aggregating user inputs, we fulfil our role as an industry accelerator."
Front-burner projects for the IMC in 2019 will include an extension of its RFP sourcing programme to include connectivity services and hardware, as well new levels of membership.
The IMC is the exclusive IoT infrastructure partner for this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which attracts OEMs serving automotive, wearables and household goods markets, and is organising an IoT-dedicated pavilion and conference at the event. The group also will hold its first event at Hannover Fair, the largest manufacturing show in the world, in 2019.
"I see a big opportunity in harnessing the IMC to provide tools that can check the pulse of IoT buyers worldwide, almost in an on-demand fashion," said Bregulla. “We've assembled a massive community of IoT buyers that is unique in its breadth and quality, and now we will create new ways to leverage that asset.”
With over 25,000 enterprise users and OEMs that buy IoT products and services as members, IMC is the largest trade group dedicated to the global IoT and M2M sector. Board member companies include 1NCE, Aeris, Amazon Web Services, Avnet, BICS, Digi International, HPE, Intel, Kore, Micro-Ant, Orbcomm, MultiTech, Pod Group, PTC, Re-Teck, Semtech, Sigfox, Tata Communications, Teleena, Telit, U-Blox, Verizon and Vodafone.