The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next frontier in the technology, impacting fundamental business logic as well myriad applications ranging from the micro to macro and from the trivial to critical. The year 2018, is clearly the year of IoT which presents massive opportunities for businesses to reinvent themselves. In fact, there are already many enterprises trying to capitalize on it!
The internet of things is everywhere and is assumed that the number of connections will increase to four-fold by 2020. As this urban technology gains momentum, companies are finding innovative ways to take advantage of the increasingly networked physical world.
So, basically what is internet of things (IoT)? The internet of things is a vast network allowing products and services to inter-connect and communicate with each other, allowing smarter processes that will greatly improve the quality of life around the world.
The future of IoT is very promising, providing enterprises with additional ways of communicating with their customers and their devices. By investing in an efficient IoT infrastructure, the connected devices can collect current data as well as use real-time information in meaningful and actionable ways.
IoT infrastructure ecosystems help companies save money by automatizing and streamlining the business operations. This reduces costs, maximizes assets, and drives business revenues by combining digital and devices into new possibilities thus providing innovative solutions to existing valuable customers.
The data collected by the connected devices is proving to be the game-changer in any industry, helping enterprises predict future scenario with best route options in real-time to reach as many customers as possible. In this digital landscape, in order to stay competitive no organization can afford to stay disconnected. Hence, every organization must consider to deploy IoT infrastructure ecosystems in their business operations. But, what are the key considerations to think about before deployment?
- Security: Security often tops the list when it comes to protecting mission-critical enterprise data. An efficient IoT infrastructure solution considers data protection, privacy, security as well as providing users with proper understanding of where and what data is stored. At Digicor, we provide with robust and agile enterprise software that blends well with company’s current infrastructure system and addresses authentication, authorization and encryption of data in motion thus mitigating enterprise basic concerns revolving around important data.
- Scalability:Scalable IoT solutions brings a new wave of digital possibilities! The horizontal scaling architectures replaces monolithic server architectures that include handling larger workloads which require a single machine to upgrade with more CPU’s and RAM. The IoT infrastructure improves the processing capability making it more agile and simple as bringing a new container into the cluster. If an enterprise IoT infrastructure is not scalable, it will result in:
- Failure of medical devices sending cardio metrics to doctor
- In case of emergency, connected doors won’t open
- Inability of warehouses to ship products during holidays
- Open Standards:Open standard is must for the growth of internet of things. It is vital for IoT to employ interoperable technology to meet its full potential and make things easier for developers. The need of open standard for IoT to really take and connect things everywhere is obvious. It helps IoT to function efficiently and promises productivity improvement enabling devices to communicate easily and seamlessly.
- APIs outward:For future-proof IoT eco-system, an enterprise IoT platform must provide an API outward approach to every asset and function. Enterprise should look for solutions where API definitions are well documented, versioned maturely, and designed for supporting both low bandwidth and high bandwidth clients. An API enabled IoT platform helps enterprise connect, secure, manage, analyse and build systems easily.
- Portability:It gets very difficult for large enterprises to shift from their legacy systems to new upgraded infrastructure systems. For those enterprises who are planning to build future-proof IoT eco-systems, single deployment model is not enough. The IoT must be efficient enough to shift between large clouds, to enterprise virtualization, to on-premises bare metal or to tightly constrained gateways.
- Flexibility:Finally, it is very vital for an IoT solution to be flexible and easily adopt new protocols, devices, and integrations. With IoT gaining momentum rapidly there will without a doubt be new devices coming into your solution ecosystem. An IoT solution should be flexible enough to handle those new devices and handle the way they communicate.