IoT (the Internet of Things) will Change Us
The acronym IoT means the Internet of Things.
June 7, 2016 – I read a very solid article today written by Jamie Maidson of Webspherejournal. Jamie Madison is the Marketing Director at Steadfast, a leading IT Data Center Service company. What I like about this piece, is how simply she states and presents observations of how the Internet will change our world in the future. This observation is based on the disruptive and innovative influences of the Internet.
We live in extraordinary times. France passed a law to make it illegal to text employees with over fifty employees on the weekend. People are disconnecting from devices that require 7 x 24 observation. Our stress burnout from the “need it now” culture is real. Eventually, tattoo removal parlors will become as mainstream as tattoos. Flip phones and dumb cars will find a nitch again. For laymen, this article predicts, in simple terms, how the Internet of Things will change our world. I like the common sense observations and predictions. Many of them have already become our pop and business culture. Here is the verbatim report from Jamie Maidson. Read it and see if you agree.
The Internet of Things has the Potential to Completely Change how we Live and Work
Again, according to Jamie Maidson’s webspherejournal article published today, the IOT is changing life as we know it. It’s already causing an evolution in the workplace – especially where IT is involved.
Most of all, there will be over 38 billion connected devices by 2020. In the interest of convenience and efficiency, we are embeddng computers into pretty much every single product and appliance we use. These products range from fridges and blenders to thermostats, security systems, automobiles. Wi-Fi connected devices are no longer an oddity or for use simply by the elite; they’re a regularity in both our personal and professional lives.
Not surprisingly, this means that they have the potential to bring about considerable change in the workplace – and nowhere will that change be more evident than in the IT department. Today, I’d like to discuss just a few ways the Internet of Things will impact administrators everywhere.
IT Will Truly Have Its Hands in Every Pie
First and foremost, with IoT devices prevalent in both the workplace and your company’s products, the IT department will need to expand its reach to every corner of the company. Management of the devices will evolve in order to accommodate an influx of new devices. Developers will encounter new and previously unheard-of challenges related to embedded software.
“The change from adding IoT “smarts” to existing devices and creating devices with IoT components built-in will be transformative,” writes Network Exchange Blog’s Scott Koegler. “Progressive companies are creating modules that are designed to be built into their products, looking at the information about their products, and designing sensors that monitor specific conditions. The intelligence to deal with the data is created before the product design is finalized, so that IT is part of the product, rather than added to it.”
The Role of Administrators Will Change Considerably
There was a time when administrators were the sole distribution channel for internal applications and enterprise software. Mobility saw that role dissolved, and as more control passed into the hands of the end user, IT professionals shifted towards management, rather than control. The Internet of Things will only further this shift, and any administrator who doesn’t understand concepts such as big data, cloud architecture, and IoT-oriented protocols will be left behind.
Everything Will Grow More Agile.
Imagine a business with intimate insight into every decision it makes and every operational shift that occurs. A business that knows exactly what its customers want, precisely when they want it. Now imagine that business is equipped with the capacity to react instantly to those shifting needs and demands.
That’s what the Internet of Things will enable – data gathered from embedded sensors will offer insight into everything from employee productivity to consumer purchasing habits. At the same time, that information is going to be difficult to analyze and organize, based on sheer volume alone. For that reason…
Data Science Will Become a Must-Have
Data science is extremely important. The capacity to visualize, conceptualize, and organize concepts based on massive streams of disjointed information will prove to be invaluable for future business analytics. Thus, this is a trend which IoT will drive.
“IoT and big data basically are two sides of the same coin,” reads a piece on data science blog Data Informed. “Managing and extracting value from IoT data is the biggest challenge that companies face. Organizations should set up a proper analytics platform/infrastructure to analyze the IoT data. So, they should remember that not all IoT data is important.”
You’ll Have to Confront the Sticky Issue of Software Liability
Currently, most states lack liability laws related to software. This allows multiple vendors to draft contracts that absolve them of all liability in the event that the security software in their devices should fail. Regulators turn a wary eye towards this practice as well as IoT security in general. I have purposely not referenced the “dark net.” While it’s unlikely that we’re going to see any changes in the immediate future, your business will eventually have to confront the issue of software liability – so it’s better that you prepare yourself sooner, rather than later.
The Obama administration and the FCC attempt to control the Internet. The cyber war occurs on a global scale everyday. It is in the news and impacts daily life. The cyber war manifests itself in the form of hacking, email spoofing, privacy invasions, bank fraud, small and large firm database breaches – to name a few. The IOT is a topic that we all need to stay current on. Social media both offers help as well as hinders progress.
So, I do not watch the news on television. I read business publications one line and in print, Twitter, FB, RSS feeds, blogs, browser search. Mainly, I use the Internet. So, since anyone can write anything on the Internet, you should be carefully not to believe everything you read. Not all writers on the Internet are journalists with degrees, experience, and associated credentials. Readers must be careful of their sources and read each article and not just the headline. Most relevant, you can research the writer or blogger. I am often sensitive to errors in internet reporting. Did you see typos or grammatical mistakes in the article? Check your sources and search for the topic via multiple sources.