There's been plenty of talk lately about the Internet of Things (IoT) and all the things it can do for the modern enterprise. The Internet of Things, evangelists say, will help companies harvest untold petabytes of data that can optimize their processes, streamline their operations, and make them both more responsive and more effective in the face of rapidly changing business conditions. But what evangelists don't discuss as often is the massive undertaking that an Internet of Things implementation represents. Without an Internet of Things platform, no organization will be able to get the most out of its IoT investment. Here's how an Internet of Things platform can save your customers time and money.
1. Easing integration woes
The thing about the Internet of Things is that in order for it to work, you must integrate a wide variety of things. Those things include the sensors themselves, the networks on which sensor data travels, the servers and databases where the data is stored, and the machines and applications with which the data is processed and value ultimately extracted. In an already complex data environment, making all those things work together and work in harmony with every other part of the IT stack can be difficult. An Internet of Things platform eases integration woes by providing a standardized set of tools and protocols with which to build applications and link up devices, cutting the time it takes to see value from an IoT initiative.
2. Future-proofing for scalability
IoT technology is still in the early stages, and much of its potential has not yet been discovered. Even so, the number of IoT devices and the volumes of IoT data in production have already exploded and will continue to grow at an alarming rate as IoT adoption rises. Most enterprise data environments aren't equipped to handle IoT's voracious scale demands. An Internet of Things platform can help by building additional scalability into the original deployment, making it easier for an organization to grow its IoT operation as needed, when it's needed.
3. Taking the burden off the data center
Finally, the IoT's reliance on a wide variety of components in the data stack can make an on-premises Internet of Things deployment simply impossible. For this reason, a number of Internet of Things platforms are now available in the cloud. The flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness of cloud computing have been proven for many other enterprise applications and are currently being demonstrated in the IoT arena. With a cloud-based Internet of Things platform, enterprises no longer need to worry about integration, interoperability, scalability, or availability, and little to no additional infrastructure needs to be deployed on-premises, reducing both capital and operating expenses.
The Internet of Things looks poised to revolutionize the business world, but as with any other technology, it brings with it challenges as well as solutions. If your customers are considering adding IoT to their arsenal, be sure to communicate the benefits of building their Internet of Things initiative on top of a proven IoT platform. And if you aren't sure which IoT platforms to recommend, get in touch with our experts today to begin learning about the market.
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