Will IoT ever grow up?

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    Internet connected devices are becoming increasingly common in our daily lives, from voice assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, to smart meters or fitness monitors. Like all disruptive tech, the Internet of things (IoT) has quickly become the new normal in our everyday lives. But, businesses are still discovering what IoT can do for them, and how to make it work for them, says Anthony Sayers, Internet of Things Evangelist at Software AG.

    As the IoT continues to evolve in so many ways, we have started to question if it will “mature” in the same way that other technologies, such as cloud computing have already. Or, will it say forever young, constantly re-inventing itself? Is the IoT in fact the Peter Pan of technology? Will it ever grow up?

    To understand if IoT will ever truly “grow up”, we first need to understand at what stage of the journey organisations are implementing IoT – and ensure we are aware of which direction they are planning to move. Of course, no one organisation’s IoT journey will be at the same stage; Gartner identifies five levels of IoT maturity to assess how far businesses have come in their journey, and indeed how far they have yet to go.

    So, is IoT maturing or will it remain forever young?

    What is IoT maturity? 

    According to Gartner, the five levels of IoT maturity can be mapped across the seven dimensions of maturity, all of which are interconnected. This means that to progress between stages, all dimensions including fast data ingestion, contextual awareness, situational intelligence, predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics and intelligent action must be taken into consideration.

    The five stages are as follows:

    Initiating
    Exploratory
    Defined
    Integrated
    Optimising

    At the moment, most businesses are situated anywhere between stage one and stage three. Most organisations have only just started connecting everything to one central system. This means that processes are no longer operating in siloed conditions, but that businesses are now focused on learning about what their environment is like – so that they can progress to eventually working in a more data-driven landscape.

    However, this is starting to change and we are beginning to see companies navigating their way into stage four – a crucial step to achieving IoT maturity.

    Integration is key

    Typically, companies are now beginning to realise that they need to integrate their IoT projects into the company’s overarching strategies. This is the ultimate turning point in ensuring IoT “grows up” to create truly seamless, connected experiences.

    It’s important to understand that IoT cannot be implemented in isolation. This is why integration is a key part of the IoT jigsaw puzzle. By creating a more integrated strategy, businesses will be able to reap the benefits of gaining insights from third party data, in addition to their own data. Not only this, but a more integrated IoT model offers deeper time and trend-based analysis.

    Anthony Sayers

    Once we are able to implement IoT successfully in this way, it will become engrained so seamlessly that we will stop noticing it as an add-on technology enabler.

    This is where we are beginning […]

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