Challenges and Rewards of Deploying IoT Technology
The vast majority of enterprises have positioned themselves to collect, manage and store data from device sensors—in other words, to deploy Internet of things (IoT) technology, according to a recent survey from Aeris. The accompanying report, "The Business of Enterprise IoT," indicates that most IT departments are developing both IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) apps internally. They're also taking advantage of analytical tools to maximize the value of IoT data. Through this, they expect to boost competitive advantage, while reducing day-to-day costs. To reach these goals, IT organizations will need to overcome a number of hurdles, including the need to ensure connectivity while effectively integrating IoT apps with enterprisewide data and app systems. "Opportunities will be met with challenges," said Janet Jaiswal, vice president of enterprise marketing at Aeris. "As the number of connected devices grows, organizations will not only be under increased pressure to better manage their devices and obtain data-generated insights to improve operational efficiencies, but they also will need a deeper understanding of how best to address the complexities associated with connectivity and data consumption to lower operational costs." An estimated 300 U.S. and U.K. IT decision-makers took part in the research.