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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