IoT solutions will force partners to confront underlying issues

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 7, 2017 11:17:48 AM

The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating all kinds of new opportunities for IT service providers. But like most new areas that open suddenly, there’s a rush on as different types of services providers compete to stake their claims.

A survey of 200 IT decision makers conducted by TechValidate on behalf of Red Hat finds that IoT platform providers and systems integrators are tied at 43 percent each in terms of being engaged by IT decision makers on IoT projects. IT providers came in a close third at 37 percent, followed by communications specialists at 31 percent and IoT consultants at 25 percent.

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Why MSPs need to worry about the IoT security

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Nov 7, 2016 1:00:54 PM

There has been plenty of buzz recently about the Internet of Things (IoT), which is defined as any device that can wirelessly connect to the Internet. This includes products like cell phones, Amazon Dash buttons (to order a product from Amazon before you run out), smart lightbulbs, watches, key trackers, and much more. The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly growing, and by 2020 it is projected to exceed 40 billion wireless devices.

IoT devices are popular because they’re easy to use — but they’re even easier to hack. Equipped with limited security features, IoT devices are an easy venue for hackers looking for a way in.

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IoT projects require more integrated hardware and software expertise

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 4, 2016 10:30:00 AM

The Internet of Things (IoT) represents a massive opportunity for IT services providers. But how they go about addressing that opportunity may require many of them to change their fundamental approach to the way they add value.

Over the years IT services providers have tended to divide themselves into hardware and software specialists. The challenge many of them will now face in the context of an IoT solution is that in these environments hardware and software are more intertwined than ever.

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IoT projects will require mastering new approaches to IT

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jul 5, 2016 9:41:44 AM

On the one hand, nothing could be simpler that connecting some type of device to the Internet. On the other hand, the prospect of trying to process data being generated by thousands of those devices represents one of the most daunting challenges facing IT organizations today. After all, when it comes tothe Internet of Things (IoT) it’s just not the amount of data that needs to be processed that is an issue. The way that data gets processed and integrated is fundamentally different than the way data currently gets processed inside most traditional data centers.

But the biggest challenge of all is going to be securing IoT environments. In terms of scale, IoT projects represent an instance of distributed computing that is unprecedented inside most organizations. Not only will IT organizations be challenged in terms of building and deploying these applications, a new survey of more than 1,000 IT professionals conducted by 451 Research finds that nearly half the respondents (46 percent) identified security as the biggest IoT impediment they face. The issue, of course, is not just the millions of endpoints that need to be secured, but also all the gateway and networks that all that IoT data winds up being funneled through.

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IoT starts to make a digital business impact at CES 2016

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 7, 2016 1:00:00 PM

At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, you could see everything from drones that carry passengers to virtual reality systems that connect to the outside world via an external camera, but the one thing that connects them all is the Internet of Things. In fact, CES 2016 made it clear that it’s getting harder to determine where the line is between consumer and corporate technologies.

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IoT security concerns start to raise their head

Posted by Mike Vizard on Nov 5, 2015 12:52:39 PM

Despite all the enthusiasm there seems to be for the Internet of Things (IoT) these days, security issues may soon prove to be the undoing of many IoT applications. In fact, a new study reports that not only are consumers concerned about IoT security issues, but a full 90 percent of developers don’t think these applications have the appropriate level of security in place.

For that reason, IT service providers would be well advised to take both a short and long view of IoT opportunities. There are plenty of scenarios where IoT projects on a limited scale can add significant value, but the bigger the IoT project becomes, the greater the attack surface that needs to be defended. Given how poorly well most organizations are doing in terms of securing their existing IT environments, much care needs to be applied to securely manage IoT environments at scale.

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Topics: Cyber Security, IoT

The coming rise of managed IoT services

Posted by Mike Vizard on Oct 29, 2015 10:20:31 AM

Just about every aspect of IT lends itself to becoming a managed service in one form or another. But with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), the types of applications that organizations are thinking about deploying are becoming more varied. The problem is that many organizations aren't sure which applications will prove valuable enough to the business to deploy at scale.

As a result, interest in managed IoT services is on the rise. For example, at the Oracle OpenWorld 2015 conference this week, Tata Consulting Services (TCS), in cooperation with Oracle, unveiled a white-label managed IoT service spanning eight applications that customers can deploy using their own branding.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, IoT

Cloud companies like this Internet of Things

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 9, 2015 1:43:56 PM

AWS announced a bunch of new Internet of Things news this week at aws:reinvent. This follows Salesforce.com announcing its own Internet of Things initiative at Dreamforce last month and Microsoft's IoT suite announcement last March. I do believe I smell a trend.

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Internet of Things starts to make a business impact

Posted by Mike Vizard on Oct 1, 2015 3:57:15 PM

Internet of ThingsWhile the Internet of Things (IoT) is more of a concept than a reality in the minds of most organizations, a survey of 366 business and IT professionals conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of SAP finds that organizations that have implemented an IoT application are already seeing major benefits in terms of both operational efficiency and customer satisfaction.

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Cloud and IoT were made for each other

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 13, 2015 4:57:34 PM

When the cloud first established itself, it was about providing resources in a more efficient fashion. Today as we enter the age of the Internet of Things with sensors giving off ever-bigger piles of data, the cloud will play an important role in processing and storing it.

Although predictions for the Internet of Things are all over the map, Cisco believes that 50 billion connected devices will be in place by 2020, while Morgan Stanley is predicting 75 billion. Gartner says there are already 4.9 billion in place this year. Accenture believes we are talking about an astonishing market potential of $14 trillion. Cisco has cited the same number.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, IoT

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