25 Janvier 2016
Un article de la communauté DELL
The Internet of Things (IoT) could be the most significant technology trend of our era. A new generation of sensors and smart objects allow us to measure, understand and manage the physical environment like never before, and organizations are using that power to transform their operations and innovate within their products and services.
“The integration of information technology solutions in an operational environment is what makes the promise of the IoT a reality.”
There is a lot of hype about the unlimited possibilities and endless opportunities available with IoT. As a matter of fact, according to Gartner Research, IoT has replaced Big Data as today’s most hyped technology trend. Unfortunately, there is so much hype it can be hard to see what is realistically possible – today – to help organizations gain competitive advantage with IoT.
One way to understand IoT, and IT’s role in it, is to view IoT as at the intersection of operational technology and information technology. For years, operational organizations have been using sensors to do things like monitor factory floor equipment, track fleets of vehicles, and manage building energy usage. They used closed “walled garden” networks, disregarded the data once it was viewed, and didn’t have to focus on security because it was isolated from external networks. With IoT all of that has changed. Connecting sensors and smart equipment to the internet and gathering massive amounts of data opens incredible business opportunities while challenging organizational infrastructure capacity and opening the organization to significant security risks.
While operational technology organizations don’t have experience securing open networks and managing, analyzing and storing large amounts of data, it is the bread and butter of information technology organizations. The integration of information technology solutions in an operational environment is what makes the promise of the IoT a reality.
Unfortunately, IT departments are often not included in the planning and execution of IoT initiatives until it is too late to ensure projects are secure, cost-effective and deliver the advanced analytics needed to drive process and product improvements. It is critical for IT to work with the rest of the business, early in the process, to understand the impacts and potential opportunities arising from the expanded role of sensors and connected equipment. When IT and OT groups operate in silos, concerted effort is required to build partnerships between the two groups to overcome any territorial issues that might arise.
For innovative organizations, IoT initiatives are strategic imperatives and IT can, and should, play a proactive, strategic role in identifying IoT opportunities and designing and implementing IoT ecosystems. If they don’t, they will be left behind playing catch-up.
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