By 2020, there will be 25 billion connected "things" across the globe and over half of major new business processes and systems will incorporate some element of the internet of things (IoT), according to Gartner. IT professionals are already beginning to see first-hand the ways in which the internet of things is changing the game, but, in the coming years, we can expect IoT to have an even stronger foothold across multiple IT disciplines. Is your organization prepared for the onslaught of IoT in the enterprise and all the opportunities and challenges that come with it?
In this Essential Guide, we'll explore the increasing role of enterprise IoT, including its impact on everything from security, networking, application development, storage and data analytics. The guide also delves into strategic best practices to help your IT department kick-start an enterprise IoT project and stay relevant in an increasingly connected business environment.
1IoT strategy overview-
Getting your IoT initiative off the ground
When it comes to developing an enterprise IoT strategy, there's a lot to consider before moving forward. The first step is understanding the technology and its potential benefits and challenges. From there, CIOs, IT executives and business partners can begin crafting the right IoT initiative for their organization. Use the strategic best practices in this section to help you navigate through the IoT weeds and lay the foundation for your organization's IoT future.
At this point, developing strategies around IoT is a CIO imperative. From the business problem to the technology, here's what CIOs and IT executives need to know to get started on an enterprise IoT initiative. Continue Reading
Cisco executives have one key piece of advice for their partners who want to take advantage of the burgeoning IoT market: Target line-of-business and operational technology customers and get to know their unique challenges. Continue Reading
Enterprise IoT offers seemingly endless business possibilities. Here's how architects can prepare their companies for the proliferation of connected devices. Continue Reading
Figuring out how to use the cloud to connect to IoT devices with back-end applications is important for companies looking toward the future. Continue Reading
The data data produced by billions of IoT devices will put increased pressure on the data center, and a set of common standards has yet to be developed. What does that mean for your company? Continue Reading
Tackling IoT security
With IoT's growing presence also comes increased security concerns. By 2020, more than 25% of identified attacks in enterprises will involve IoT, according to Gartner. Thinking about the security challenges that the IoT era brings may keep many IT professionals up at night, but with the right foundation and strategy, your organization can pacify any IoT security qualms. In this section, get up to speed on emerging enterprise IoT security threats and ways to address them.
The number of connected devices continues to grow exponentially worldwide, raising major enterprise IoT security concerns for companies and their customers. Continue Reading
Stuart Madnick, the John Norris Maguire Professor of Information Technologies at the MIT Sloan School, discusses the factors that make internet- connected devices vulnerable to attacks, how such devices are muddling the threat landscape and why the human element remains a big threat to IoT cybersecurity. Continue Reading
In a world increasingly driven by technology, O.C. Tanner CTO Niel Nickolaisen explains why IoT data security and privacy should be top priority for CIOs and educators. Continue Reading
A recent survey found that more than 20% of businesses will adopt IoT services to secure internet-connected devices and networks by the end of 2017. One vendor is ramping up its security services profile in preparation for the IoT onslaught. Continue Reading
The healthcare field is used to risks, but are they prepared for the security risks that come with IoT adoption? IT experts discuss exactly what the dangers are and what to do about them. Continue Reading
IoT promises to revolutionize the way companies operate, but it's also stirring up plenty of debate. In this photo story, SearchCIO followers lay out IoT security and privacy concerns and how to deal with them. Continue Reading
3Networking meets IoT-
Utilizing the power of networks
The IoT poses a number of network challenges, including increased wireless traffic and the insatiable need for greater network capacity, but networking can also solve a lot of challenges that come with the adoption of an enterprise IoT project strategy. In this section, learn how to use a variety of avenues to establish networks that boost your organization's IoT agenda and business value.
Looking for a relatively simple and inexpensive way to interconnect your IoT devices? Mesh networking is emerging as an attractive option for enabling IoT device connectivity. Continue Reading
IoT data poses unique challenges to established architectures. Edge networks may be key to structuring how IoT data is collected and transmitted, but also come with their own set of challenges. Continue Reading
4IoT data analytics-
Getting the most out of IoT data
We can't talk about enterprise IoT projects without talking about IoT data. With so much data being generated from connected devices, figuring out how to best collect it, manage it, analyze it and mine it for business value can prove a difficult task. By following the guidance in this section, your IT team will be one step closer to unlocking IoT data's full potential.
Panelists at the Predictive Applications and APIs event in Cambridge, Mass., explain why using a hybrid data analytics approach -- edge analytics for mission-critical data and cloud analytics for less critical data -- is best suited for analyzing IoT data. Continue Reading
Although it currently has only a few real-world applications, IoT data analytics is gaining strength as it rides on the shoulders of the big data trend. Continue Reading
Internet-connected devices are designed to provide increased value to both businesses and their customers, but they are also raising some big IoT data management questions. Continue Reading
IoT storage decisions
We know that an enterprise IoT project generates a lot of data. That's why, along with figuring out how to analyze that data, discerning how and where to store IoT data is critical to every IT strategy. In this section, evaluate some of your IoT storage options.
For consumer-grade internet of things devices to deliver real value, real-time data management is required on a massive scale, according to VoltDB's David Rolfe. Is your organization ready to handle real-time data management challenges? Continue Reading
6IoT application development-
Make way for IoT apps
How does IoT factor into application development? The better question is: How doesn't it? From choosing the right database or platform for IoT apps to creating new opportunities for mobile-based innovation, IoT is changing the way developers do their jobs. In this section, learn about the emergence of IoT apps in areas like food safety and get tips for building IoT into your organization's app development strategy.
An IT expert explains how to build a basic development framework that lets you code and deploy IoT applications quickly. Continue Reading
Bob Whitaker, chief science and technology officer at the Produce Marketing Association, predicts that the confluence of IoT and food safety will lead more CIOs and CTOs into getting involved with food safety initiatives. Continue Reading
Food safety and quality applications are set to proliferate in the coming months, providing real-time visibility in the vast food supply chain. Continue Reading
The success of the internet of things relies heavily on the data that applications create, but vetting a database for IoT apps requires criteria totally different from traditional enterprise databases. Continue Reading
The internet of things is gaining enterprise acceptance -- but cost and equipment compatibility concerns impede widespread development. Continue Reading
IoT platforms are sprouting up everywhere. Without a platform, the challenges of building an IoT application are enormous. Here, an expert helps sort through the varying technologies. Continue Reading
The Google Firebase platform helps developers build real-time applications for the internet of things, but is not without limitations. Continue Reading
Are you familiar with this IoT terminology?
- IoT devices (internet of things devices)
- industrial internet of things (IIoT)
- Internet appliance
- Internet of Things privacy (IoT privacy)
- Thing hacking