Overcoming the barriers to IoT integration
The Internet of Things (IoT) is radically changing a number of industries, with adoption rates showing no signs of slowing down.
A recent study by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise subsidiary, found that nearly 4 in every 5 Australian organisations will have adopted IoT technology by as early as 2019. That information in itself isn't as jaw-dropping as the fact that only half of those companies will actually gain an advantage from doing so.
Identifying the divide
The study's respondents consisted mostly of digital transformation leaders within their respective companies. The most commonly found barriers preventing IoT from truly revolutionising a company and the way it operates were:
- Cost of implementation (57 per cent).
- Cybersecurity concerns (51 per cent).
- Complex integration with legacy technology (51 per cent).
Four in five Australian companies will adopt IoT by 2019.
To put it all more succinctly, the lack of effective infrastructure in said companies were preventing them from realising IoT as an asset – despite the fact that adoption is usually associated with instantaneous benefits, with enhanced cybersecurity among them, according to Process and Control Engineering magazine.
One of the underlying aspects behind an unsuccessful IoT integration strategy is the absence of complete organisational commitment. Disjointed objectives held by leadership can lead to fractured implementation that can have a range of negative effects that contribute to the aforementioned barriers, the Internet of Things Institute reported. These include:
- Lack of understanding of available solutions.
- Shortfall in data privacy standards.
- Inadequate connection between previously adopted solutions.
Getting management, the IT department and even the end users all on the same page as it relates to how IoT technology will be implemented, what infrastructure upgrades or repairs are needed and how it should be deployed is essential.
Turning the page
It's becoming easier for the vast majority of companies to build a successful IoT integration strategy given the blueprints are starting to become more popular. First and foremost is identifying your company's digital acumen; has it struggled with deploying solutions like the cloud before?
Connecting "things" through sensors won't be much easier. In fact, an efficient infrastructure is a key component in high-quality IoT data streaming. To truly benefit from business intelligence, your data centre will need to need to handle high volumes of information in relatively short time periods. It's recommended to turn to a professional team with experience in mobile and the cloud, as they've likely deployed an API strategy, which will be similar to IoT rollout, Gartner reported.
Managed services can provide an effective IoT integration strategy.
Working with a third-party managed services can greatly relieve the burden on the IT department and provide a new perspective on what plan of action will have the best result. Having worked on many different strategies, they'll ultimately have a better understanding of how to mitigate endpoint exposure to hackers. In the case of Australian businesses, this is a particularly useful asset.
The Aruba study found 88 per cent of businesses in the Asia Pacific region had experienced at least one cyberattack after rolling out IoT solutions – the highest rate in the world. Data privacy must be of the utmost concern; not only can an information leaks cost your company thousands of dollars in legal and retrieval fees, but it can tarnish the reputation of your company.
Ultimately, to truly move forward in this day and age of IoT, your organisation can't look back. Legacy infrastructure can be difficult to say goodbye to, but sometimes it's the inefficiency that's holding the strategy up. By working with a managed services team, businesses forego the responsibility of having to constantly oversee operations and gain the advantage of being able to financially benefit from the adoption – something only half of all companies that will have adopted the technology by 2019 will be able to attest to.
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