The IoT, in perception and actuality, has come a long way since Gartner once listed it on its Hype Cycle.
Companies like Dell don't plan to spend $1B in three years on IoT R&D just to be be fashionable.
From being slow to adopt and understand the power of the IoT, experts are providing information and guidance at an increasigpace.
IHS Markit is offering a free ebook, IoT Trend Watch 2017, with market data as well as predictions and recommendations for a variety of industries and technologies, including security, which is near and dear to my heart.
One of the things I appreciate in the ebook is that they give their definition of the IoT, which can be an amorphous concept:
"IHS Markit defines an IoT device as a device that has some form of embedded connectivity that allows it to directly connect to the internet or an IP-addressable device. This connectivity can be wired or wireless. These devices can include a range of sensors as well as some type of user interface, but neither sensors nor a user interface is required.
The ability to collect vast amounts of data in near-real time from this broad range of intelligent connected devices is the foundation of the IoT. This data can then be accessed directly, or via the cloud, and unique value propositions can be created through the application of complex analytics and big data techniques. In this way, the IoT can, and will, be used to provide unique value propositions and create complex information systems that are greater than the sum of their individual components."
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