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Preparing, Planning and Architecting for the Internet of Things

Published: 10 February 2016

ID: G00292675

Analyst(s): Drue Reeves


IoT will be the most game-changing IT initiative since cloud computing in terms of both new business opportunities and its impact on IT. This IoT primer jump-starts technical professionals on IoT basics and helps them to create an adoption strategy and build reference architectures.

Table Of Contents


  • Why IT Professionals Need to Care About IoT Now
    • Executives and Business Leaders Will Demand It
    • Business Units Will Procure Their Own IoT Solutions Anyway
    • Your Competition Is Probably Headed in That Direction
    • The Integration Effort for IoT Is Significantly Higher Than Traditional IT
  • What Is IoT?
  • Breaking Down an IoT Solution — Edge, Platform and Enterprise
    • Breaking Down IoT: The Edge
    • Breaking Down IoT: The Platform
    • Breaking Down IoT: The Enterprise
  • Key Challenges Posed by IoT
    • Integration, Integration, Integration
    • New Security Vulnerabilities
    • IoT Technology Market Volatility
    • New Organizational Relationships
  • Trends on the Horizon


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