Now that the business world is starting to understand the constraints of rapid IoT adoption, it's becoming clear that what's needed is a comprehensive, rather than piecemeal, approach to IoT that facilitates device management, accommodates specific industry requirements, and integrates IoT security with organizations' larger systems and processes for risk management. With the experience of the past few years, it makes sense to narrow the range of standards supported, expand the timeline to implementation and consider more turnkey solutions rather than build-it-yourself approaches.
One key decision is whether to keep IoT programs in-house or to partner with a service provider. Depending on the industry, the company (including its size), and the specific requirements and applications, an IoT managed services provider may offer the smartest way forward. Industries with complex, specialized equipment—or those where staffing and expertise are harder to come by—may benefit enormously from leveraging the experience a service provider offers. The calculation should focus on the cost and time to develop the knowledge and expertise required for the target IoT programs.
Once that fork in the road is navigated, it behooves companies to plan realistic timelines and approaches that take into account the many sources of delay. Ideally, it makes sense to map out all phases of an IoT rollout and think about both minimum and maximum expected timelines for each phase, resulting in an overall best- and worst-case scenario for time to roll out and adoption.
The IoT revolution is a powerful boon for business—but one that calls for intelligent planning.
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