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  • The complexity of information technology continues to increase at a rapid pace, and the spate of systems, devices and identities that CIOs and other IT leaders must manage is pushing many organizations beyond their current capabilities. A recent study conducted by identity services provider GlobalSign in conjunction with research firm Vanson Bourne reports that business and IT leaders are increasingly concerned about identity relationship and access management (IRAM) capabilities—particularly as the bring-your-own-device movement and the Internet of things (IoT) take hold. The firms surveyed more than 1,000 senior IT leaders at organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom that have more than 1,000 employees. The report identifies a number of key issues and trends, including the increasing popularity of BYOD and teleworking, as well as the rapidly growing number of devices connected to enterprise networks. Nevertheless, "There are many actionable steps that IT managers can take immediately," notes Joan Lockhart, CMO of GlobalSign. Here's a look at some of the key findings:

  • Copenhagen's S-Bane commuter rail uses next-gen connected solutions to build transportation systems that deliver real-time network management and security.

  • With the continued surge of interest in the Internet of things (IoT), the number of connected devices is expected to increase from 25 billion today to 50 billion by 2020, according to industry research. During the same time period, the number of connected devices per person will grow from 3.47 to 6.58. Given the wealth of data captured by IoT devices, organizations are focused on how to capture and analyze the information to make better business decisions, thereby creating a new tech buzz phrase: "thingalytics." In the recent book, Thingalytics: Smart Big Data Analytics for the Internet of Things (published by Software AG/available now), author John Bates provides a compelling, comprehensive guide to this emerging technology trend. With sensors establishing the activity and locations of devices—as well as the users and organizations that own them—companies can launch real-time analytics initiatives to boost productivity, decrease costs, maximize operational efficiencies and seize market opportunities from the very moment they emerge. The following examples of thingalytics' real-world capabilities and best practices have been adapted from the book. Bates is the former CTO at Progress Software and is the current CMO and head of industry solutions at Software AG.

  • The reality is that—other than the potential to negatively affect network performance—the activities an employee engages in at any given moment shouldn't matter.