Driving the IoT conversation forward

4th April 2017
Anna Flockett

Every year the ideas and concepts of the IoT mature, and 2017 is certainly no different as it promises to be a big year for IoT. However, don’t be fooled as we are still in the IoT’s infancy.

Guest blog by Dave Bennett.

According to a survey done by Accenture last year, 19% of business and government professionals were only vaguely familiar with IoT.

Most customers are more familiar than that 19%, but there is still a long way to go in understanding the challenges and benefits of IoT. When talking to customers, conversations often are focusing on three main topics: security, device lifecycle management, and real ROI.

Security is the topic making all the headlines and will continue to be a priority for IoT, but with even more focus at the device level than in the past. Companies using open source or older versions of Real-Time Operating System (RTOS), will take a closer look at going with newer supported versions. Use of open source will continue, but companies will be more willing to pay providers to focus strictly on support, and making sure it’s secure.

Device lifecycle management
The big PaaS players (Microsoft, IBM, AWS) will focus more energy on providing device lifecycle management capabilities with their platforms. They won’t get there in 2017 but they’ll be working on it. It’s a necessary piece to every connected device deployment.

Real ROI
Industrial use cases with real ROI there will continue to be the star for IoT.  The consumer market will continue to innovate IoT-based features in smart appliances, wearables, and home automation, but people will buy them because of the ‘cool’ factor and not because they will make their lives measurably better.

These topics are resonating with customers and broader IoT industry players.

Last week, these topics were looked into even further at the  IoT North America Conference in Chicago, about how big data and analytics get all the hype, but remote device lifecycle management with a product like Wind River Helix Device Cloud is still one of the best ways to achieve real proven return on connecting your devices to the cloud.

More can be found about the event here.

Courtesy of Wind River.

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