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  • The internet of things has consistently generated a lot of hype. While the business potential of connecting billions of devices and objects with each other has been irresistible to many companies, the technical hurdles that must be overcome before actually getting positive results from IoT investments have been significant. However, recent survey findings from telecommunications provider Vodafone indicate that the barriers have been largely overcome, and businesses are starting to reap the benefits. In fact, according to the fourth annual "2016 Vodafone IoT Barometer report," companies are seeing their IoT activities fuel revenue growth, and, as a result, they are increasing their IoT spend. "We've moved from simply adopting internet of things technologies to realizing the true business value that IoT can bring to organizations," said Andrew Morawski, Vodafone's head of IoT for the Americas. "Whether it's connected supply chains for manufacturers, smart office capabilities for employees, or a connected home for consumers, businesses are seeing significant results from their IoT deployments, changing the way they do business and even facilitating new partnerships to serve customers in new ways." The report is based on independent research conducted with nearly 1,100 executives.

  • The thing that makes these smart systems great is that they work as advertised, and, in most cases, I don't have to do anything unless I want to make a change.

  • While IT decision-makers and office workers believe that the rapid completion of a digital transformation is critical, both feel that their organization isn't making this transition quickly enough, according to a recent survey from Sungard Availability Services. The resulting report, "Tame the Bear," indicates that IT decision-makers think they're not transforming the business at the speed that management and employees expect, and they fear they're falling behind their competitors with these efforts. Meanwhile, employees indicate that their company doesn't have the right technological or management skills to effectively become a digital business. Many, in fact, said they would be willing to leave their current job if they were offered a position at a more digitally progressive organization. "Almost every business states that adopting the latest digital technologies is vital to remaining competitive, and if IT fails to deliver, everything from staff retention and employee productivity to customer engagement and ultimately business growth is at stake," said Keith Tilley, executive vice president of global sales and customer services management at Sungard Availability Services. "The key is staying in control of your organization's IT and creating the right conditions for it to be predictable and productive, which ultimately drives greater productivity and better business resilience." An estimated 700 U.S. and European IT decision-makers and 1,400 office workers took part in the research, which was conducted by Vanson Bourne.