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Mastering the 'Things' in the Internet of Things

Published: 20 August 2015

ID: G00275587

Analyst(s): Saul Judah , Bill O'Kane, Michael Moran


The Internet of Things will spawn critical master data around "things," similar to master data for customers and products. Information managers and IoT leaders need the discipline and technology of MDM to establish trust in IoT data within the business context to avoid an "Internet of noise."

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Documenting, governing and managing the "things" in the IoT as master data objects (IoT master data) for universal business consumption will force information and IoT leaders to implement or expand the discipline of MDM to enable trusted reuse across the organization
  • Creating and curating hierarchies of IoT master data (inclusive of complex and multiple perspectives) will drive information and IoT leaders to collaborate, implement, and/or expand MDM discipline and technology into IoT environments
  • Establishing and curating relationships of IoT master data to each other and to master data in other domains (such as customer and product) will force information and IoT leaders to adopt or expand MDM to manage these relationships

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