David G. Simmons

David Simmons is the IoT Developer Evangelist at InfluxData, helping developers around the globe manage the streams of data that their devices produce. He is passionate about IoT and helped to develop the very first IoT Developer Platform before "IoT" was even ‘a thing.’ David has held numerous technical evangelist roles at companies such as DragonFly IOT, Riverbed Technologies, and Sun. He studied Computer Science at the University of New Mexico and has a BA in Technical Writing from Columbia University and a BS in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara.

David G. Simmons

David G. Simmons

David Simmons is the IoT Developer Evangelist at InfluxData, helping developers around the globe manage the streams of data that their devices produce. He is passionate about IoT and helped to develop the very first IoT Developer Platform before "IoT" was even ‘a thing.’ David has held numerous technical evangelist roles at companies such as DragonFly IOT, Riverbed Technologies, and Sun. He studied Computer Science at the University of New Mexico and has a BA in Technical Writing from Columbia University and a BS in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara.

Go from Zero to Awesome in 5 Minutes or Less

We here at InfluxData have a thing about Time to Awesome™. So much so that we Trademarked it. No, seriously, we did. And we mean it. So let’s go from Zero to Awesome! We are singularly focused on reducing the …

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ThingMonk 2017: Insight and Learning on IoT

Back in September, I attended the ThingMonk Conference in London. Here is a brief overview of what I learned and some of the insight I gleaned from the conference. The ThingMonk 2017 videos are starting to drop if you want …

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Using External Data Sources to Enhance Your IoT Data

I write a lot about IoT data, and what to do with it. (Hint: Store it in InfluxDB, of course!) But there’s more to making your IoT data useful than just storing it, analyzing it, and visualizing it—which is so …

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Tracking Real-Time Weather Updates

Not long ago I started wondering if I could use InfluxDB to track weather events in real-time. We’ve had more than a few significant weather events recently—notably named Harvey, Irma and Maria —and I wanted to see if I could …

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Building a Better Telegraf Plugin (Still for Beginners)

Seems like it was just yesterday that I was writing a blog about How To Build a Telegraf Plugin for Beginners. Wait, that was just yesterday! And yet here I am back again writing another one. If you read yesterday’s post, …

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How to Write a Telegraf Plugin for Beginners

Maybe all your data comes from sources that already have existing Telegraf plugins, but I’m guessing that’s not the case. I’ve made extensive use of the http Telegraf plugin so far, and I’m working on a project that uses the …

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Using InfluxDB and NODE-RED to Bring Your Data to Life

Putting your IoT data into a backend system is great. Being able to query and visualize your IoT data is even better. Making your IoT data actionable is, really, what should be the ultimate goal of an IoT data system. …

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Finding the Hidden Gems in Your Data: An IoT Demo

Being the New IoT Guy at InfluxData, it was sort of a given that I’d have to create some sort of large-scale IoT demo using the InfluxData stack. It just had to happen, and now it has. I’ll give you …

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The InfluxData Blog Challenge

At the end of my first week here, fellow twitter user Michael Greene posted the following tweet: I couldn’t resist the opportunity, so I added some incentive and offered to send him some swag if he completed the challenge. He …

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Why An IoT Guy Joined InfluxData

It’s my first week here at InfluxData, and I’ve been asked “Why would this IoT guy join InfluxData?” a bunch of times. Well glad you asked! First, a little bit about me as an IoT guy, and then why I …

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