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CompTIA study: IoT ecosystem poised to generate business opportunities

In IT channel news, newly published CompTIA research asks what IT company types will likely profit from the Internet of Things; Avnet Technology Solutions and Lenovo seal a distribution deal; and more from the week.

New research published by IT industry association CompTIA asserts that the Internet of Things (IoT) will generate new business opportunities for IT solution providers as well as other types of companies within the emerging IoT ecosystem.

For the research brief "Sizing Up the Internet of Things," CompTIA used data from an online survey that CompTIA conducted in July of about 300 U.S. industry executives. Asked which companies are positioned to profit from IoT, 30% percent of respondents cited IT solution providers among company types, including data analytics/big data companies (43%), device companies (45%), and telecom carriers and carrier companies (26%).

According to CompTIA, the complex mixture of hardware, software, rules and services in the IoT ecosystem will help drive new business opportunities. Projections currently estimate that the number of connected devices worldwide will grow from 14.4 billion today to more than 50 billion by 2020.

The survey also asked respondents to identify several areas where they expect IoT to have the greatest impact and deliver value in the long term. The areas included controlling and monitoring newly connected pieces of equipment, collecting new streams of data, and adding intelligence to previously "dumb" objects and systems.

Avnet Technology Solutions to distribute Lenovo

Distributor Avnet Technology Solutions, an operating group of Avnet Inc., has been authorized globally as a Lenovo distributor. Under the new agreement, Avnet channel partners in more than 40 countries gain access to Lenovo's System X (x86) servers and related products.

Avnet will work with Lenovo to distribute Lenovo's System X, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex severs and associated software, blade networking, and maintenance operations. Avnet will also continue to support IBM and IBM technology, services and programs that were not included in the Lenovo System X acquisition.

NetComm signs M2M deal with Arrow

NetComm Wireless Limited has signed a machine-to-machine (M2M) distribution agreement with distributor Arrow Electronics Inc. The agreement allows Arrow to distribute NetComm Wireless' cellular M2M products to a variety of North American markets, including telecommunications, medical, transportation and industrial.

Tech Data revamps Software License Selector tool

Distributor Tech Data Corp. has enhanced its Software License Selector, an online concierge tool for solution providers' software order inquiries.

The Software License Selector now features a new interface built on HTML 5, responsive design and compatibility with multiple browsers, and improved address book search capabilities.

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Yeah, I bet the telecom companies stand to profit from IoT. Keep in mind that they're already throttling people who use "too much" data. What's going to happen when every appliance in your house starts sending data places? How is that going to happen, and how will it be priced.
viz: http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/10/28/att-ftc-data-idINL1N0SN1Q420141028
Right now we have some level of control over the data we use (not that we always exercise it) - we can turn off our phones, we can make adjustments. But people are not going to be monitoring and managing the use of data by their refrigerators, toasters, cars, etc. 
Right, and I suspect we'll have some pretty amazing stories -- "Woman Loses Insurance After Refrigerator Talks About Her High-Fat Diet to the Insurance Company" -- before people realize. I wonder how this will be different in Europe.