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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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Big Data Explosion
Big data has been discussed in great detail over the past few years, yet very few organizations have been able to actually profit from the massive amounts of data that are being collected. Much of this has to do with lack of experience in data mining in general. Another factor is that much of the data needed is still impossible to collect. But consider an IoT world where everything we touch and interact with is connected and is collecting data. It's going to be a situation where big data gets a lot bigger -- and we suddenly have access to all of the right data needed to make intelligent decisions. IT professionals need to be ready to play a big role in helping business colleagues make sense of this volcano of information, or they risk being burned up in a big data fireball. 
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Big Data Explosion

Big data has been discussed in great detail over the past few years, yet very few organizations have been able to actually profit from the massive amounts of data that are being collected. Much of this has to do with lack of experience in data mining in general. Another factor is that much of the data needed is still impossible to collect. But consider an IoT world where everything we touch and interact with is connected and is collecting data. Itís going to be a situation where big data gets a lot bigger -- and we suddenly have access to all of the right data needed to make intelligent decisions. IT professionals need to be ready to play a big role in helping business colleagues make sense of this volcano of information, or they risk being burned up in a big data fireball.

(Image: Geralt via Pixabay)

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3/4/2015 | 4:02:12 PM
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@Andrew. I'll suggest one more IT job in the world of IoT, although I'm not sure anyone really wants it. I'll call it Fix-It person.

With IoT we're talking about plenty of new types of devices that often haven't been networked before. Yes, there's the ever-present example of a refrigerator, along with other household appliances and electronics. There are all those environmental sensors, "intelligent" Starbucks coffee makers, and at-home  blood pressure, heart and insulin monitors.

Our networks of the past have been relatively static and easily managed with wires to the desktop, routers in closets and the like. In the IoT we're hooking up devices that are subject to clumsy house-cleaning hands and nasty chemicals. I can envision a dog or cat rubbing against an in-home medical device, or someone trapping an HVAC sensor behind a 50-inch video display. How about sensors in rough environments, such as on railroad switches and highway traffic controls. Wind, water, creatures, and even the occasional random monkey wrench can take those sensors and controls offline pertty quickly.

So Fix-It will have full employment chasing down a never-ending series of "oops". However, I can see them not being popular with the device owners who want instant gratification.

 

 
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