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Five IoT trends that may become mainstream in 2018

It’s that time of year again, and love it or hate it, the end of the year signals a great time to collect perspectives for the coming year. In the IoT space, there are a number of opportunities in play and we can see some progress being made year over year. That said, I’d like to share five IoT trends that I believe will become more relevant and even mainstream into 2018:

1. Traditional brands will fold IoT into the mix. One of the great things about working in this ecosystem is that I get many opportunities to work with partners and other technology manufacturers regarding their new products. One thing that is consistently happening is that all of the large traditional brands have functional groups dedicated to IoT topics, whether it is Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, HPE or any other established brand. Use cases, integration scenarios and more will become part of a broader portfolio from the organizations you may be working with already.

2. Cloud technologies will go hand and hand with any IoT implementation. Simply by scale and scope, it is possible that the only practical way to implement modern IoT technologies is to include the cloud in the design. Both Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services have key suites and platforms built for IoT implementations, and this can be an attractive support framework for an implementation on scale.

3. IoT data will become critical. This will underscore a need to drive design of an IoT application for an organization to plug into data models that “fit” an organization’s requirements. In particular, I like how NetApp has communicated its vision for IoT as an “IoT Layer Cake,” with a data fabric and data lakes backing the architecture. The data lake is crown jewel of an IoT implementation; this is where all the results, analytics and business value go. Keeping this data lake available will be the critical difference in an IoT implementation’s value to the organization.

4. Some services, devices and technologies may be deprecated. It is possible that something as traditional as a key to a door may become a thing of the past. We’ve seen typewriters fall out of relevance; could the same be true with something as commonplace as a key to the door? Device equivalents have been available for a while, and they are common in the workplace for real-time control. Maybe 2018 will see an acceleration of this practice.

5. Organizations will sit down and make a real use case to their needs. Whenever new technologies come into view, one of the first questions is always around how other organizations are using it. Business-changing success stories powered by IoT will soon be commonplace, so much so that organizations may take a hard look at their own process and technologies to see if there is an IoT use case waiting to happen to provide the differentiation needed. Don’t think you can? Consider this example of a connected cow.

As you look to the future of IoT, what trends do you see moving forward in 2018?

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