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3/18/2015
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IoT Is About Analysis, Not Things

When we emphasize "things" in the Internet of Things, we obscure its real value-the ability to make connected decisions based on analysis.

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The world can be remarkably obtuse about some of the simplest aspects of technology. This obtuseness stands in the way of the wise adoption of the latest and greatest advances in software and hardware.

The term "Internet of Things" is a great example. It emphasizes "things," often described as sensors, and hides the real value and the real challenge: Making connected decisions.

Consider GE's billion dollar investment in the Internet of Things. This is a major bet that sensors reading data from products in verticals like aviation and healthcare will revolutionize decision-making.

The same goes for agribusiness, where the deployment of resources like water, fertilizer, and expensive machinery is increasingly being decided based on real-time data.

This could drive down agricultural costs, increase yields, and help respond to Mother Nature’s variation more accurately than we ever have before.

The challenge for business is to shift the focus away from things. Yes, you need to invest in new hardware and software in an IoT deployment, but without excellent analysis, a host of sensors won’t give a competitive edge.

"Anyone willing to spend can deploy sensors, but only those who analyze and improve upon decision-making can truly differentiate," said John Morris, founder and head of Business Decision Models, which helps companies analyze, understand and execute better business decisions.

"IoT enables enhanced asset and process decisioning on the basis of detected business and technical events," said Morris. "This is a sea change for business and will make our future look very different from our today."

The big opportunity of IoT is to transform the business model. "The insights you can derive from Internet of Things represent a new class of business differentiation," said Mark Palmer, senior vice president and general manager of integration and event processing at TIBCO Software.

Palmer noted that some of TIBCO's customers have turned customer service from a support function into a customer engagement opportunity.

"Sure, they use IoT information, but the transformation of their business model was the bigger challenge," he said.

[Read about how IoT is changing mobile management.]

The goal for organizations is to discover the connected decisions that can make that difference, then operationalize, and even more importantly, improve and evolve the automated IoT-driven decisions you make.

IoT is not a business model

A lot of enthusiasm for the potential of Internet of Things technologies is centered on "new business models." And certainly IoT technologies can enable new ways of doing business.

However, the two are not synonymous. Business gurus such as Geoffrey Moore warn about the risks of transitioning to new business models if that means prematurely abandoning your current way of earning a return on investment. 

Suffice to say that powerful new IoT technologies are just that -- technologies. IoT is an enabler that can be built upon with the goal of realizing business vision.

Want to engage in a deeper discussion on IoT program investments? John Morris, Mark Palmer and I will be running the Internet of Things Summit on April 28th, at Interop Las Vegas. We hope to see you there.

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Reimagining the way work is done through big data, analytics, and cloud, Chris is the cofounder of Successful Workplace. He believes there's no end to what we can change and improve. Chris flew for the US Navy before finding a home in technology and software, first in ... View Full Bio
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pfretty
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pfretty,
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3/29/2015 | 3:06:42 PM
Exactly!
IoT is about how we use it not the things that are involved. Even though machine learning will ultimately handle some of the routine decision making, the most exciting part of an IoT environment is that it will empower the information user with stonger data base to make more meaningful decisions capable of strategically transforming products, services, etc. Peter Fretty, IDG blogger working on behalf of Cisco. 
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SachinEE,
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3/23/2015 | 2:40:26 PM
Re: IoT
@SunitaT0: I agree with you, I really don't think IOT is necessary, it may have some perks and self learning attributes to it, but really though we could do without it. However what we do need is the analysis of data. 
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SunitaT0,
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3/22/2015 | 2:37:49 PM
Re: IoT
Some people argue if IOT really is necessary, what necessary is analyzing and running tests on data sets, IOT isn't important as much as Data is, and the way to have more data at disposal is throught IOT.
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SunitaT0,
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3/22/2015 | 2:34:43 PM
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IOT was always about the sensors. Connecting sensors to the clouds for intelligent analysis of structured data sets collected by the said sensors! Now if we are talking about entities ten "things" do have sensors in them and are themselves contributing to the IOT framework so yeah, it shouldn't be Internet of Sensors. It should be Internet of Things, because we are talking about the entity.
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Ariella,
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3/22/2015 | 10:41:39 AM
Re: IoT
@xmarksthespot Thank you.
xmarksthespot
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xmarksthespot,
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3/22/2015 | 10:29:32 AM
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I concede, ur name is better than mine.  
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Ariella,
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3/22/2015 | 9:12:34 AM
Re: IoT
Or maybe we can call it IAtT 
Ariella
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Ariella,
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3/19/2015 | 9:31:25 AM
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@Danielcawrey I agree. It really is about the sensors rather the things. But I guess IOS was already taken as an acronym.
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SuccessfulWork,
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3/19/2015 | 2:56:21 AM
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Daniel, no more sore than the Internet should be called "The Internet of Servers." If you read the piece, you'll see that the argument is about where organizations need to spend their time and money, and that isn't on the sensors, which are technologically basic and less expensive than putting them to good use. 
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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3/19/2015 | 12:31:45 AM
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If you don't have readings, there's nothing to analyze. If you don't analyze, the readings serve no purpose. IOT is really just a sort of slogan, but a clever, catchy one, I'd say. But, I still wonder where all the internet bandwidth is going to come from in order to bring in all that priceless data so that it can be analyzed
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