New eBook aims to demystify the Internet of Things

Syed Zaeem Hosain, chief technology officer, Aeris

With the dramatic growth of connected devices and products, leveraging the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) for business is no simple task.

A new eBook from Aeris, called The Definitive Guide to IoT for Business, sets out to give executives and project managers a solid understanding of IoT while elaborating on the main drivers behind what makes the burgeoning ecosystem work. The eBook can serve as a primer for business executives, outlining what it takes to make IoT a business reality, without the need for an advanced engineering background.

Most IoT guides are typically consumer-focused and rarely explain the business of IoT and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications. The Definitive Guide to IoT for Business, authored by a 19-year industry veteran and Aeris chief technology officer, Syed Zaeem Hosain, addresses the need for a broad, yet comprehensive guide, that enables business decision-makers to better navigate the potential pitfalls as well as capitalises on IoT opportunities.

“I approached this book with the enterprise in mind, and wanted to provide a deeper dive on IoT in an approachable and informative way,” said Syed Z. Hosain. “I hope to give readers a better understanding of important IoT concepts, while providing an overview on how IoT systems connect, interact and ultimately impact an organisation.”

Topics covered in the eBook include:

  • The technology that connects the Internet of Things
  • How wireless devices are networked and locate themselves
  • Different types of sensors, how they work, and what they do
  • An overview of security technologies used to protect IoT data
  • How to scale an IoT project to immense proportions
  • How to manage the lifecycle of an IoT deployment
  • Using Big Data analytics to gain insight from the IoT ecosystem

“Over the years, I found that there is a lack of information and awareness of exactly what it takes to bring a connected solution to market, and it has been the number one hindrance to realising those world-changing ideas,” notes Stefan Lindvall, CEO of MultiTech Systems and Connected Development, in this guide’s foreword. “If you’re in the business of IoT or looking at starting up a deployment, this book is for you.”

According to recent research commissioned by Aeris in partnership with Vanson Bourne that involved more than 300 IT-decision makers across the U.S. and the U.K., 74% indicated IoT provided their organisations with the opportunity to better meet key business objectives, and 71% agreed IoT would help them achieve a competitive edge. (Also see: IoT helps businesses meet objectives and gain competitive advantage, survey says.)

However, despite the optimism, the consensus is that the opportunities will be met with challenges, with 78% citing connectivity, provisioning, and device management as perceived challenges in the year ahead.

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