What is Happening?
Not a day goes by with no mention of the Internet of Things (IoT), whether in terms of news, analysis, opinion, or vendor/provider announcements. So far this week, we count more than a dozen news/blog/announcement items, with several just today from true IT Master Brands, including IBM and ARM (joint enterprise IoT platform), Facebook (Parse mobile app development platform), and Samsung (SmartThings consumer device/home hub).
The data from our 1Q2015 global IT/Cloud infrastructure survey suggests that most user enterprises are at least trying to prepare for the IoT reality with significant upgrades to their existing infrastructure. Figure 1 shows that more than two-thirds have made or are making IT infrastructure investments in support of IoT management initiatives.
Figure 1: Infrastructure Upgrades for IoT Are Underway
Source: Saugatuck Technology global 2015 IT/Cloud Infrastructure survey, n=327
The opportunities for almost any type of user enterprise to profit and improve using IoT capabilities are tremendous. The challenge for these enterprises is, will they make enough of the right infrastructure investments soon enough?
Saugatuck’s research indicates an array larger-scale IT infrastructure investments across the board. Including all types of IT workloads, an average of 82 percent of firms are making, or planning to make, IT infrastructure investments to upgrade and improve their capabilities through 2017.
Unfortunately, as Figure 2 illustrates, that average drops to 69 percent when it comes to infrastructure upgrades to handle and manage the emergent IoT – the smallest average for any IT workload type. Continue reading Why Do IoT Infrastructure Investments Lag Behind Other IT?