IoT and mobility: The two main pillars of digital disruption

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By Chris Hale, Vice President of Marketing, Stratix Corporation

The lines have blurred between two massive technology forces driving changes in businesses everywhere: Internet of Things and mobility.

For example, what’s considered a “device”?  In the realm of enterprise mobility, we think mainly of smartphones and tablets equipped with apps and Internet connectivity. Smartphones are packed with sensors that collect data on location, orientation, acceleration, proximity, magnetism, light, altitude, and more.

Now, add all the senor-embedded devices that IoT brings to the table, and suddenly the term device is radically expanded to include anything that can be connected to a network for purposes of monitoring, transmitting or collecting data. Such devices can be RFID tokens, digital gauges, meters, cameras, microchips, and a host of wearables, such as smart wristbands, headsets, glasses, and even clothing.

IoT’s endless possibilities aren’t fantasy. A huge variety of sensors and chips are being combined in collections of IoT-enabled systems, including robotics. Juniper Research estimates that by 2020, there will about 38 billion Internet-connected devices, almost triple the number in use today.  Cisco predicts 50 billion.

By multiplying the diversity of devices, IoT takes enterprise mobility to new levels.  Together, they open doors to virtually unlimited opportunities for businesses with the creativity to harness their power. Multiple smart devices can be connected in managed ecosystems that bring vital data from any location to mission-critical applications.  As a result, employees, customers and other stakeholders, at their points of activity, gain the critical business information they need.

Regardless of where you are today in your business transformation, start thinking about how IoT can fit in with your strategic goals. Used imaginatively, coupling IoT with mobility can slash downtime, improve safety, increase productivity, and improve quality.

According to a study by Research and Markets, managed services providers will play a major role in the explosive growth projected for the IoT market.  A report summary states: “The IoT consists of devices, connectivity, security, applications and a properly managed service is required to manage these in an effective way.”

You’ll need expertise in designing, selecting hardware, and deploying an IoT/mobility ecosystem. Then, on the backend, you’ll need help in operations, administration, and device management. All of this can be addressed in a managed services approach that encompasses IoT as well as mobile devices.

According to Tony Rizzo of Blue Hill Research: “Managing IoT devices is no different than managing ten, a thousand or ten thousand smartphones. Third-party mobile services management options translate directly to IoT services management.”

The advantages of using a managed services provider include:

  • Scalability: You pay only for the level and the volume of service provided.
  • Objectivity: You gain the expertise of a provider that manages IoT/mobility as their core business and stays current with rapid changes in technology.
  • Agility and control: You have a single point of contact for your entire mobile infrastructure.
  • You’ll be replacing capital expenditures with dollars from the current operating budget.
  • You’ll have a reduced need to staff IT with highly specialized skills.

The articleIoT and Mobility: the two main pillars of digital disruption’ first appeared on Stratix Corp: Resource Center.

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