Implementing an Internet of Things strategy

The Internet of Things (IoT) is shaking up a lot of industries. The potential it offers in terms of accumulating of data is huge, and the possibilities it creates via analytics are equally massive.

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But, many companies, while aware of the power of the IoT, do not implement an effective IoT strategy. Ben Boswell, area vice president, Europe, at World Wide Technology discusses with Information Age in the latest Innovation Spotlight episode, how to implement an effective IoT strategy in the enterprise.

He said that the aim of ‘leveraging IoT as a strategy is to improve business processes or to be able to get better, more actionable insights on their customers, on their employees and on different ways of driving up revenue, improving business processes and taking out cost.’

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It is a trend that is very much underway with a variety of industries adopting the IoT. ‘We’re seeing the organisations who are successful at pulling these different types of strategies together are stealing market advantage from firms who struggling to bring these types of initiatives to fruition,’ he continued.

But, how can you ensure a business’s IoT strategy is successful?

‘A successful IoT initiative,’ answered Boswell, ‘is where you bring together individuals from the business, individuals from IT and individuals from the day-to-day operations of the type of business process that you’re trying to solve.’

‘It’s not really a technology problem per se, because there are lots of technology groups that have matured very, very quickly to be leveraged in these types of initiatives.’

‘More, it is a conversation around what is the process that you are trying to improve. (And) it becomes a process and a data science challenge, because you want to work out how can we leverage information from different types of items or pieces of machinery, or endpoints and then be able to combine that all together to determine a specific pattern that the business can actually make a decision and action against.’

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‘What we find is that the organisations that do it well have got a very holistic view of what they are trying to achieve.’

‘And rather than thinking about products they are trying to buy, they’re looking at the problems they are trying to solve, and then they reverse into the architecture at the back end.’

‘We also see a lot of firms who had significant investment in IoT initiatives that haven’t really achieved the optimised process or the cost savings, or the increase in revenue because they haven’t done that first part first.’

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‘Firms who can be able to leverage this type of technology quickly [and who] don’t make it to complicated are able to bring out – what we would call a minimal viable product to start off with – that solves a particular problem and then gently incrementally improve it.’

It is all about incremental gains, concluded Boswell.


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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...

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