Internet enabled computers to be connected with each other.
Internet enabled Mobile Devices to be connected with each other.
Now, Internet will be used to enable physical things to be connected with each other. This is what is called “Internet of things” (IoT).
So what happens?
since more devices are connected with internet – we will able to generate more data! This is usually good if there’s a business vision around how to make sense of data to increase efficiency of all these things.
Here’s a nice case study from Microsoft (focus on the business case – the things in this case is “elevator” to drive reliability)
This is all good news for data professionals! There will be increased demand for professionals who can help businesses make sense of data generated via IoT.
Also beware of the “hype” around this technology. It’s important to take incremental steps to achieve the vision – Instead of trying to analyze data from ALL devices in your organization, start with one physical thing that matter the most for your organization or start with data that you have and take incremental steps to spread data culture in your organization!
Now that Big Data has become a mainstream word in IT and business, we have a new buzzword to learn/talk about IoT – but remember it’s all about making sense of data and your skills would be more valuable than ever!