The Internet of Things sounds more like J.J. Abrams’ next sci-fi thriller than a major inflection point in business technology. Which makes the fact that IoT is about to invade the business landscape on a massive scale somewhat ironic—and wholly appropriate.
Enterprises have been tossed by some momentous technology waves in the last few years, such as big data, the cloud, mobility, and social networking. Yet the Internet of Things—connected, data-generating devices embedded in everyday objects—is more than just another wave.
“IoT means that all of the physical infrastructure, the whole world around us, is going to be connected to the internet,” says Oracle Vice President of Product Management Peter Utzschneider, who’s been evangelizing IoT for several years. “IoT is like those other profound technology changes we’ve already experienced, only on steroids—it’s that big,” he says.
Business executives and technology managers need to comprehend the implications and open their minds to the possibilities of IoT for their organization, Utzschneider advises, and prepare accordingly. To that end, he offers seven important points in considering the Internet of Things.
1. Take the long view.
“People need to be prepared that this is a long-term proposition,” says Utzschneider. “They have to understand that IoT means fundamental change for business,” he adds.
The Internet of Things is in its early days, and most implementations are still relatively simplistic—but that’s changing fast, as IoT technology, from end-point devices to data integration and analytics platforms, increase in number and improve in capability. Read the complete article here.
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