IoT and Analytics Challenges
IoT represent the next big change that will impact organizations and individuals’ day-to-day actions. Similar to what we experienced with social media, this change has two very conflicting views; one that offers new ways of doing things that break boundaries and simplifies tasks. The other, a frightening reality that we are giving up control and jeopardizing privacy. Regardless of whichever way you choose to look at it, just like social media, it’s a new reality we can’t ignore.
The good news is you don’t have to dive in headfirst. There are several things you can do to start preparing to take advantage of these new technologies and the data driven by them. Below are five things you can do to ease into a technology driven transformation:
- Embrace a cloud first strategy – Cloud is the new reality and where many of your applications will run. It can provide advantages over a traditional data center and sets you up for digital transformation. Moving your infrastructure to the cloud will demand a shift in your focus from the infrastructure to the applications. Finding help managing your cloud environments is also key. This allows you to focus your resources on new technology solutions that can transform your business.
- Accept mobile devices as a key part of your infrastructure - those who have been around for a while associate “infrastructure” as servers, storage and networks. While all of those are still critical, its time to start thinking beyond that. Mobile devices are a key part of your technology infrastructure. Treat them a such and embrace the opportunities they can provide to your users and customers.
- Expand the network – You are already heavily invested in your network. It is the backbone to IoT and can easily be enhanced to start supporting requests from devices. Start exploring technologies like Intent Based Networks, intelligent edge, WIFI, Bluetooth and cellular connectivity.
- Define use cases to better use your data – Chances are you are gathering data today that you are not using to help your business. A great place to start is uncovering a use case need where better data will enhance or accelerate business decisions. Start examining platforms that can help you take advantage of that data and share it with business stakeholders.