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6 Lessons from IoT Ninjas: Page 2

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Consider IoT Infrastructure Challenges

Not surprisingly, many organizations will need to reconsider their infrastructures, given the dramatic increase in data that will be generated by sensors in Internet-connected devices. A highly scalable infrastructure is a necessity, said Andreas Mai, director of Smart Connected Vehicles for Cisco Systems.

Speaking at a conference late last year, Mai said current satellite, cellular and cloud networks will be overwhelmed. One solution he suggested is supplementing cellular networks and the cloud with additional networking from what he termed "the fog." This is, in essence, a localized network that supplements the cloud, satellite and landline systems, perhaps only operating in the vicinity of one junction.

Using connected cars as an example, he said, "It isn’t possible for cars to receive external impulses from traffic lights, mapping programs and other vehicles if it all has to go via the cloud. So the IoT will require a lot more compute power on the edge of the network."  

Understand How IoT Impacts Data Management

Achieving the promised benefits of the Internet of Things will be tough without first considering how it will impact data management capabilities. In addition to assessing their infrastructures and determining where changes may be needed to support new demands created by the IoT, organizations will also need to evaluate their data management processes, workflow and staffing.

Mobeen Khan, executive director of Product Marketing Management at AT&T, which is beginning to use sensor data from its land line and cellular networks to attain better control and optimization of field services, said organizations must determine what type of data is important, what should be transmitted immediately, what should be stored and for how long, and what information should be simply discarded. Those that do not complete this exercise will end up with an overwhelming pile of data, when only a relatively small amount yields real value.

"Some data just needs to be read and thrown away," said Khan, speaking at a conference late last year.

Takeaway: IoT on Executive Agenda

Companies that employ these best practices and figure out how to use the Internet of Things to solve business problems and/or create new opportunities will gain a real competitive edge.

As IDC analyst Dan Vesset told Enterprise Apps Today just last month, "Rapid growth will elevate data quality, privacy and data governance issues onto the executive agenda. The biggest company in the world right now is Walmart and that might well be because it used data better than other retailers."

Ann All is the editor of Enterprise Apps Today and eSecurity Planet. She has covered business and technology for more than a decade, writing about everything from business intelligence to virtualization.

This article was originally published on August 3, 2015
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