Internet of Things (IoT)

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IoT Requires New Mix of AIM Investments

By Maureen Fleming – 1 Comment

The spending mix for IoT-centric analytics and information management (AIM) will increasingly tilt toward in-motion, flexible, and low latency systems to predict conditions that will require increasingly fast responses. The adoption of newer AIM technologies will be required, along with the requisite training to acquire needed skills.

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When it comes to technology innovation, how often do you think of the public sector as leading the private or commercial sector? I know that I might overlook the pace of change in health care, government, education for the frenetic changes in retail, transportation and to a lesser degree manufacturing. However, kudos to the leaders of several key projects for using the Internet of Things to accelerate deployments in smart cities and even smart states. How did this observation come about?

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Over the past few months, I have been watching carefully the way that companies are approaching the Internet of Things. There is so much hype in the press, marketing by IT companies, and requests from lines of businesses that the pressure for CIOs and the IT managers to deploy an IoT application is intense. So much so that I compare many IoT deployment strategies to that of paint ball games – simply pull the trigger and you will hit something, but it won’t necessarily win you a game. How can you connect the random shots into something that makes sense? Maybe paint ball isn’t meant to, but IT isn’t paint ball, and application deployments should remain part of a corporate strategy.

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Italian Solair's IoT Play - IDC Key Takeaways

By Andrea Siviero

Last week, the IDC European Internet of Things Practice had the opportunity to meet Solair, a young IoT-specialized Italian company. Here some takeaways from the briefing we had with them on their offering and solutions.

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IoT Views From The IoT World Forum, Dubai, UAE

By Vernon Turner

After attending all three annual Internet of Things World Forums, I was in a position to see the progress that the industry has made during that time. Vendors continue to appear to be frustrated on their roles and where their profit pools may emerge, while customers are generally nervous about making leap from proof of concept to full production ( because the IoT implementation will be a forcing function for new business models for everyone)

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Despite the charge by lines of businesses to consider the Internet of Things as a game changer for their customers and them, the CIO is still very much in the decision making driver's seat. Why? Simply put, the technology is still not fully ready for a full blown deployment in most organizations, and as the 'I" in CIO can also mean "Integration", who else is going to take on the task?

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IOT: Security Service Providers Cautiously Rejoice

By Christina Richmond

IDC predicts that by 2020 there will be a projected 30 billion connected "things" and a revenue opportunity of $1.7T for the ecosystem (IDC #248451, May 2015). For security service providers this is a terrifying yet exhilarating prospect. Terrifying because providers such as consultancies, systems integrators, security vendors, and managed security service providers (MSSPs) know that the communication stream for many of these things is not like legacy internet protocol communication between IT devices. Exhilarating because there is a lot of money to be made* in this "wild west frontier" of securing these newly connected endpoints.

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Synonymous with the Internet of Things (IoT) is Big Data and Analytics. After all, with billions of sensors connected to the Internet, they are capable and willing to create and transmit a lot of data – much of that data will however be dumped, discarded and never processed because it was deemed to fall under the ‘normal business process’ rules. Whether this is a good or bad IT rule depends on the expected business outcomes. However, the bottom line for anyone embarking on an IoT strategy is that you will need to have a strategy to turn that data into meaningful information.

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Data Veracity is a Must in the IoT World

By David Reinsel

“Junk in, Junk Out” – so goes the common phrase when it comes to the data that is fed into any process or algorithm and the corresponding results. Bad data, or data that lacks veracity, can not only produce inaccurate information, but also catastrophic results. Such is the case when considering the future of the IoT - data is key, but not just any data....valid and accurate data.

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