The 600-plus attendees who packed the 2014 Axeda Connexion conference this week came to make connections -- both social and digital. The chatter was all about the Internet of Things and what a world of connected "things" can accomplish. As laid out during the opening sessions, the changing dynamics of business are deeply affecting IoT trends around the world. By 2020, the number of things connected to the Internet will be approximately seven times greater than the number of people on earth today. Mike Troiano, vice president of advanced mobility solutions at AT&T. In a morning keynote, Mike Troiano, vice president of advanced mobility solutions at AT&T, explained the progress made so far in the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) marketplaces. In 2015, there will be roughly 25 billion "things" connected to the Internet, Troiano predicted. By 2050, that number is projected to reach 50 billion.