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The Enterprise of Things

Jack Gold | March 27, 2014
Consumers will lead the charge to the Internet of Things, but enterprise adaptation will not be far behind. Will your IT department be ready?

Further, the advent of voice enablement, gesture control via embedded vision, and other enhanced human interface techniques means that things will be far more responsive and easy to use by even untrained and casual users. Effectively implementing such diverse technology will require creative solutions beyond the applications currently empowering most organizations, and creating a new paradigm for how corporate systems are designed and deployed (much as the previous waves of client/server, Web and mobile transformed the corporate environment). And while the cloud will be key, it is not the only transformative solution enabler necessary. Internal systems will also be widely affected.

EoT will impact nearly all companies supplying enterprise products, from networking (e.g., Cisco) to large databases (e.g., SAP, Oracle) to analytics (e.g., IBM) to security (e.g., Symantec) to carriers (e.g., AT&T, Verizon) to devices (e.g., Microsoft) to operating systems (e.g., Android, QNX) to component suppliers (e.g., Intel, ARM). Very few enterprise systems will remain untouched by EoT. Be prepared to require major upgrades for your existing infrastructure.

Bottom line: While it's still early in this transformation, enterprises should start planning now for what's to come in the next few years. Formulating a strategy that looks at potential requirements for infrastructure and applications, as well as assessing line-of-business needs to enhance operations, should be done over the next 12 to 18 months, with plans for preliminary deployments over the next one to three years. Strategies must remain flexible, since in any early-stage market the outcomes and solutions are yet to be fully defined and are likely to change rapidly. But that should not be used as an excuse for organizations to do nothing. Like Web and mobile before it, once the EoT achieves a critical mass, implementation and user needs will explode, so being proactive is imperative.


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