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8 Ways IoT Will Change IT Forever

Where the money goes, so go the jobs. Find out which areas of IT we think could face a skills gap in an IoT world.
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There has been a great deal of discussion lately surrounding the concept of how the Internet of Things (IoT) will change everything. But very little of it really dives into the nuts and bolts of how IoT could dramatically change the roles and opportunities for those of us who work within IT. Here are eight ways we think IT will change in an IoT world.

We're focusing on areas of IT that are likely to see a significant change in terms of business interest and investment dollars being spent. That said, where the money goes, so to do the jobs. So this article could be seen as a prediction of where the next big IT jobs skills gap will arise.

We created our list based on the idea that technology will never again simply be a tool we can use. Instead, it will be all around us, interacting in ways never before possible. In many ways, IoT is said to make us one with the technology, so we're using it without being us being conscious of it. To some, that sounds like a scary proposition. But to others, IoT has the potential to make our daily lives more efficient, productive and, we hope, more enjoyable.

That being said, nothing technological can be built or maintained without at least some help from us mere IT mortals. It is all a matter of figuring out what IT professionals will end up doing to help build, and ultimately, maintain an Internet of Things universe. Some IT jobs will remain largely the same. Others will change dramatically. And brand-new job roles will crop up that were never needed previously. In the end, if IoT takes off the way that many industry leaders believe it will, we're in for a major shakeup in the coming decade or so.

On the following pages, we highlight eight ways that IT will change thanks to IoT. Once you've reviewed our picks, let us know in the comments section below whether you think our IoT crystal ball is on track or if we are way off the mark.

Andrew has well over a decade of enterprise networking under his belt through his consulting practice, which specializes in enterprise network architectures and datacenter build-outs and prior experience at organizations such as State Farm Insurance, United Airlines and the ... View Full Bio

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Michelle
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Michelle,
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3/17/2015 | 10:38:25 AM
New term for Big Data?
I'm curious to see if we develop new ways of describing the really big data that will come with all the connected consumer devices as well as industrial machines. Machine to machine communication is mainstream and it's a great time to be alive to see it!!
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Virteva_Inc,
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3/16/2015 | 4:11:29 PM
Changes Drive Job Security, Drive Down Cost
These changes are having a big effect on IT professionals, even today.  And we do agree that these changes drive job security for those of us in the industry.  The future of being an IT professional will be more about anticipating how the business can use the new capabilities and applications that are highlighted in the article, and less about how it works and how to fix it.  The commodity tasks related to infrastructure will be done at first, by organizations who have a lower cost structure and specialize in that work.  In the future, automation will also drive down the cost and make infrastructure less noticeable.  
lpds
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lpds,
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3/15/2015 | 7:38:06 PM
IPv4 vs. v6?
These are great points. However I miss one here which is as simple as the internet is going run out of IP addresses (as of IPv4) and vast majority of devices (i.e. "things") still tend to prefer / use this version of the internet protocol instead of the readily available solution to this problem - IPv6. 

 
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3/6/2015 | 2:13:49 PM
Re: Consumer options?
    To me, IoT promises little. Especially if the (Thing) requires (My Computer + My Internet Connection).

    The way I see it, easier updates via the internet also raised my cost of "ownership". Or, upgrades. The subscription model and to some extent, the cloud, lock me into tomorrow's revenue stream.

    In most cases, I prefer a more reliable appliance than a smart applicance. For many things, I pay more upfront for less maintenance and longer user life. I rather spend on smart people in my community than smart appliances messaging the internet.

    I can understand IoT from the seller's standpoint, but my love is more to do with personal computing. To me, IoT competes with my love. Rather program on my desktop than on the washer-dryer. Hmmm ... who will move the laundry?

    From my end user's standpoint, it only seems to imply I will pay more every three years, and have less choice to not upgrade ... or change supplier.

    For me, updates and patches over the web are inarguably easier. On the other hand, why are they necessary? What if OSs and applications were "good enough" so that after SP1 in the beginning of the second year, life was good for another 3 years? By the way, I use Microsoft Win 8.1 Update, and it's been good for me.

    I'm only a consumer. I fear the corners of the stock market who are only interested in increasing churn in stock prices, and not the businesses which produce real products. I guess there's a difference between running a business and owning stock. A big difference.

    In closing. my priority is personal computing. I can't see how IoT will help me there.

 
Andrew Froehlich
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Andrew Froehlich,
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3/6/2015 | 1:25:29 PM
Re: Consumer options?
@dried-squid -- seems like the internet as a requirement is becoming the norm in regard to updates. It's just so much easier than the alternative. Notice I didn't say it was the "best" way, but it is the easier way.
Andrew Froehlich
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Andrew Froehlich,
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3/6/2015 | 1:23:02 PM
Re: A thankless job
Great points @laredoflash -- the Internet can indeed be a finicy thing and perhaps the IoT movement is putting too much stock into it being available to us 24/7? I have my deep concerns about this as well.
Andrew Froehlich
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Andrew Froehlich,
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3/6/2015 | 1:21:13 PM
Re: A thankless job
I like to your additon of the IT Fix-It person @James - But I wonder if in the future, we'll eventually have appliances that are highly modular. So if a sensor breaks or is acting up, it may be as simple as unscrewing part of the device, and plugging a new part in. Just like changing a lightbulb. But that concept is likely far down the road so for the near-term, an IT Fix-It guy will be in high demand.
laredoflash
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laredoflash,
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3/5/2015 | 8:40:16 AM
Re: A thankless job
Bah, I new it. Press reply once,and nothing happens. Press reply twice, and nothing happens. Press reply thrice, and nothing happens. Press reply the fourth time, then bam! Now, do you really want to connect you refrigerator to the internet? You might get home in time to salvage the eggs for tomorrow's breakfast.
laredoflash
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laredoflash,
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3/5/2015 | 8:26:36 AM
Re: A thankless job
And when your internet connection goes down, Yikes... We are placing way too much weight on IoT. Let it go, let it be.
laredoflash
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laredoflash,
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3/5/2015 | 8:26:33 AM
Re: A thankless job
And when your internet connection goes down, Yikes... We are placing way too much weight on IoT. Let it go, let it be.
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