To gather insights for DZone's 2016 Internet of Things (IoT) Research Guide, scheduled for release in June, 2016, we spoke to 18 executives, from 16 companies, who develop IoT devices or help clients do so.
Here's who we talked to:
Craig McNeil, Managing Director of IoT, Accenture | Prathap Dendi, General Manager, AppDynamics | Aaron Lint, Vice President of Research, Arxan | Suraj Kumar, General Manager, Digital as a Service, Axway | Rod McLane and Justin Ruiz, Marketing, Ayla Networks | Paul Hanson, CEO, bbotx, Inc. | Mikko Jarva, CTO, Comptel | Brad Bush, COO, and Jeanette Cajide, VP of Corporate Development, Dialexa | Scott Hilton, Executive Vice President Products, Dyn | Anders Wallgren, CTO, Electric Cloud | Mathieu Baissac, Vice President Product Manager, Flexera | Darren Guccione, CEO, Keeper Security | Tony Paine, CEO, Kepware | Johan den Haan, CTO, Mendix | Joan Wrabetz, CTO, Quali | Tom Hunt, CEO, Windspring
Here’s what they told us when we asked, “What have I failed to ask you that you think we need to consider with regard to IoT?”
- Quality and security are critical. You must have the process nailed down.
- We're still in the "storming and forming" phase. Realize the true value of being secure, scalable, and highly availability.
- I'm excited by the number of start-ups focusing on IoT security. These start-ups will help improve security and collaboration in a centralized ecosystem.
- We recommend probing into security for IoT further as this will be a huge concern/issue in the coming years.
- The IoT hype is the same as big data. How do we manage the hype so the market has realistic expectations?
- The hardest thing to figure out is how to get hardware vendors to “get it” with regards to changing to a software model. They are no longer selling hardware, they need to adopt to the software model. HP and Dell are prime examples.
- IoT technology will be both consumer and industrial. Industrial needs ruggedized appliances with out of the box connectivity, using low power that can be installed in a remote site. Solar based? Optimized to run in non-daylight. Challenge: as IoT starts consolidating and connecting, how do we manage and maintain the proliferation of IoT devices? What does the deployment mechanism look like? Will the industry come up with best practices so we don’t need an app for everything?
- Are software developers really working on IoT or just an element? Create an end-to-end tech stack. Determine where in the stack you should focus. Are most developers narrowing their score or building end-to-end?
- Make people more aware of size and bandwidth constraints earlier in the development process. There used to be 15 companies in automotive, now there are thousands of IoT platforms all built for a specific purpose. Ultimately we’ll see the big guys (Amazon, Microsoft, and Google) serving as the connectivity point for IoT devices in the cloud with more universally accessible platforms.
- Still very early in the life of IoT. There’s a lot of cool opportunities ahead. Enterprises are still in the experimental phase. They need to see how IoT impacts business.
- Don’t ignore big data. Collect data to analyze and model.
- It's constantly evolving. Stay abreast of the changes.
- There’s a conversation around tangible and new use cases. Companies want to know what they can do and the financial results they can expect. Companies building smart connected things want to know how to monetize the data. 1) Provide factoids with numbers. 2) Identify what’s required to get their company ready to use the data they collect (i.e., do they need to restructure customer support?). 3) How to improve the customer experience with the data they’re collecting. I envision that we’ll have an app on our phone that controls our home and our health. The question is who owns the app?
- I travel to Asia, China and Hong Kong. In those countries public policy is to give general purpose infrastructure incentives to include sensors thus promoting IoT adoption. If done right this will lead to sizable gains in efficiency, public wellbeing, and cost savings. I don’t see this happening in the U.S.
Do you have any additional thoughts regarding IoT that we haven't covered in this series of posts?