How Will Companies Manage the Internet of Everything?

January 6, 2014

Imagine billions upon billions of common, previously “un-digital” household objects connected and networked, their implanted sensors communicating with one another at all times of the day, feeding data back and forth, analyzing every scrap of real-time information about the world around us. Currently, our phones, computers and even cars all have the ability to connect and speak to one another, soon our shirts will be able to connect with our shoes and our watches will connect to our window-blinds.  Mass-data-sharing will enable new frontiers of problem-solving and efficiency: this is the sensor-rich future commonly referred to as the “Internet of Everything” (also called the Internet of Things). And it’s coming. Will companies be ready to manage all of these new mobile units along with their data?

Data is the new king for enterprises who desire to get a handle on customer behavior and also improve employee functionality. Are CIOs and IT Leaders prepared to adapt to this new omni-data landscape? This coming revolution will change the world as we know it, especially the marketplace where employees will be equipped with an amazing level of data connectivity, transfer and analysis abilities. According to Forbes’ Kevin Maney:

“These sensors will generate enormous amounts of data we never had before from the physical world. They will almost without exception be connected together via an ever-expanding network. And then   cognitive computers capable of learning and sorting information will make sense of the waves of data and give us knowledge and capabilities we never thought possible.”

We are living in what we call the “second wave” of the IoE where some devices, like smartphones, have the ability to connect to other things, we are just awaiting the next, third-wave:

“’The introduction of MEMS [micro-electromechanical sensors] in automotive electronics in the 1980s and 1990s marked the first wave of growth. The second major wave has been their widespread incorporation in smart phones, tablets, and games consoles since the beginning of the 21st century -and the Internet of Things and services now heralds the third wave. We’re convinced that it will far surpass the first two waves,’ [says] Volkmar Denner, chairman of Robert Bosch GmbH, in a statement.”

The third-wave of the Internet of Things is already visibly advancing forward with sensors in a few common domestic objects like thermostats and lightbulbs. The IoE will continue to ramp up with more and more sensors being placed in objects that are now considered “dumb.” Machines will be able to speak to their operators transmitting valuable diagnostics to smart-devices like phones and tablets. All means of transportation will be able to communicate to their drivers and passengers. Inventoried materials will be able to hold a conversation with those who are managing it. The options and variables are unlimited.

There is no question if this new frontier is approaching, the question now is: Are businesses ready to adapt and manage their new massive fleets of data gathering and transmitting devices? What is the call to action for the individual?

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