The Internet of Things (IoT) | More than just a buzzword. It undoubtedly represents the direction in which technology is moving.

More than a buzzword

The Internet of Things (IoT) is more than just a buzzword. It is a reality happening parallel to your business, in which you can choose to be part, or ignore at your own risk. The IoT undoubtedly represents the direction in which technology is moving and will continue to move, driving technology players to focus on improving their products and disrupting the tech landscape as we know it.

With wearable tech, artificial intelligence, smart home systems, multi-channel spanning apps and smart city solutions, technology and life itself as we know them have already started to change. Moreover, that change is fast-paced as demand increases continuously for life-improving customer experiences.

Main purpose of the Internet of Things is to streamline the experience that we, as customers, have with devices, apps, processes and systems, enabling and favouring the interconnectivity of various systems, machines and sensors. The better the connection between those systems, the less users have to worry about monitoring data themselves, tracking and linking data from one system to the other.

Potential of the IoT

Solutions comprised within the Internet of Things are very diverse – ranging from connected homes and cars, over to smart city lighting or health tracking apps. Every day, technology providers search for new ways in which common practices such as home temperature control, managing city lights and energy saving, tracking health condition information or traffic monitoring can be made more ‘smart’, more customer-focused, more safe, time- and cost-saving.

While pinpointed by several sources as such, the huge potential and business value of the Internet of Things is said to be undermined by others. Organisations that realise the massive market impact of the IoT and its further evolution potential have already started to invest in aligning their business strategy and their capability which implies much more than some might realise.

Internet of Things - Smart city

Cloud, mobile & big data

The IoT is dependant on major market drivers such as cloud computing, big data and mobile. It is through these drivers that advanced machine-to-machine communication, essential to the Internet of Things, is enabled and taken to new development levels. As such, it becomes clear that effective use of cloud computing, big data and mobile capabilities are a prerequisite for organisations looking to exist within the IoT.

While mobile, big data and cloud computing are essential challenges which today’s organisations face, mastering these capabilities is crucial before even talking about the Internet of Things. Gathering, tracking and analysing big data within the IoT landscape is only possible through the use of cloud computing.  This again is tightly connected to the mobile environment where much of the big data is recorded and disseminated.

To earn a position as a player within the Internet of Things environment, organisations have to address challenges, whether those challenges are optimising mobile services delivery, increasing customer satisfaction through smart and targeted use of big data, developing customer-centric products and services, ensuring IT capabilities are aligned with the business goals or scaling automation across several processes and teams.

Internet of Things Challenges

We recognise the challenges that your organisation might be facing as part of your desired positioning for an active role within the IoT:

  • Ensure cloud computing is a capability that lies within your organisation, making data storage, communication and interpretation possible
  • Optimise your products, services and technology for mobile to give customers continuous and mobile access to their data
  • Efficiently use big data to capture customer insight and develop relevant, customer-focused products and services
  • Meet the need for innovative business models and joined-up thinking
  • Prepare for the standardisation demand that empowers the Internet of Things, which requires strategic and joined-up thinking
  • Facilitate increased connectivity between various systems, apps, and products, demanding an advanced technological capability.

Addressing the challenges

Using Agile enabled transformation we can help you get on top of challenges such as the ones above, by driving you to:

  • Reduce time to market for your products and services
  • Align your operations and development (DevOps)
  • Scale transformation and automation across multiple teams or the whole organisation
  • Adapt to and implement change across the entire organisation
  • Ensure effective leadership to maximise the success of your transformational journey
  • Improve processes to deliver mindset shifts at all levels of the organisation which influence the way the business operates
  • Carry out value-driven prioritisation, employing scarce resources towards obtaining the best return on investment
  • Reduce costs by optimising underlying practices and processes rather than having to cut down projects or programmes
  • Motivate your people to increase their satisfaction, maximise productivity, lower staff turnover, improve organisational culture, eventually facilitating an engaging and collaborative workplace.

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