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IoT weakens security with uncertain cost savings, says Strategy Analytics

IoT weakens security with uncertain cost savings, says Strategy Analytics

Posted by Zenobia HegdeJuly 19, 2016

The Strategy Analytics IoT Strategies (IoT) Report, IoT 2016 Deployment Trends and Usage Survey,” found huge concerns on security and that over half of businesses are uncertain of cost savings benefits.

Big Data Analytics is the primary driver propelling IoT deployments according to 56% of respondents.

The Strategy Analytics IoT 2016 Deployment Trends and Usage survey polled over 350 global businesses from 23 vertical markets including Academic, Banking/Finance, Government, Healthcare, Industrial IoT, Manufacturing, Retail and Smart Buildings.

70% of firms are now using IoT in some capacity. However, organisations acknowledge they are grappling with daunting challenges, according to Laura DiDio, director of IoT Systems Research and Consulting. “Integration with legacy systems (41%) and Security are the biggest impediment to IoT deployments. Only 13% of respondents said that IoT will strengthen security and 56% said security is their top technical challenge,” DiDio observed. “Another concern is that nearly half of businesses have not completed a detailed cost analysis which is crucial,” she added.

”While Data Analytics emerged as the top reason for an IoT deployment, a significant percentage of companies struggle with how to analyse that data to benefit their business,” noted Andrew Brown, Strategy Analytics executive director of Enterprise and IoT Research. “The data deluge is problematic; over 50% report that they have too much data to be able to analyse it efficiently,” Brown added. “We also found that 44% of respondents currently perform some data analytics but admit they could do a better job and 31% of organisations do not currently store IoT data at all,” Brown said.390470

Other survey highlights include:

  • 80% currently use or plan to deploy IoT within the next 3 to 12 months. However, only 25% have a full scale end-to-end IoT deployment.
  • The top IoT services deployed by users are: Office security/video surveillance; Smart Building Controls; Financial Analytics & Healthcare Analytics/Diagnostics.

Overall, the report concludes that while IoT adoption will continue to surge, users will need to engage vendors, systems integrators and third party consultants to provide training, deployment and ongoing maintenance to realise IoT’s full technical potential, cost savings and drive top line revenue.

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