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Why the Internet of Things Will Dwarf Social (Big Data)

Published: 05 February 2016

ID: G00289622

Analyst(s): Michael Moran


Forecasts project some 21 billion connected "things" in the digital universe by 2020. With data volumes generated by the IoT expected to dwarf those of social media, information leaders must begin now to identify the requirements necessary to support adoption and implementation of IoT capability.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Rate of adoption for the IoT will exceed that for social media, driving competition for IoT resources between organizations
  • Data volumes associated with the IoT will considerably surpass those generated by social media, forcing organizations to substantively modernize their information infrastructure
  • The IoT will generate a variety of data objects greatly exceeding those with which information leaders are familiar today, requiring modernization of information infrastructure to realize value

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