Business Unit- IT Alignment on the Internet of Things

Dateline: September 5, 2014

Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend.

This week’s thought builds on our earlier post on the “Internet of Things.”  Baseline Magazine reported findings from a recent study by Gartner of 400 IT professionals in the UK and the US about the readiness of IT organization for the impact of adding so many devices to their networks.

By 2020, the Internet of things (IoT) is expected to interconnect 26 billion computing devices in businesses, homes, cars, clothes, animals and pretty much everything else, according to Gartner. That’s a thirtyfold increase over the past five years.

…”It’s encouraging that IT professionals recognize the demands the Internet of things will make on their networks,” says Cricket Liu, chief infrastructure officer at Infoblox. “But business units often get deep into the buying process before calling IT, sometimes forcing IT to scramble to provide support for devices that lack the full set of connectivity and security protocols found in established categories such as PCs, tablets and smart phones.” On the positive side, IT employees feel their companies are committed to providing the budget and staffing needed to accommodate IoT-related demands.

How aligned is your IT organization with the business units’ plans for devices on your network?  Do you have the budget and resources you’ll need for this IoT explosion?

That’s a WRAP!  Have a great weekend.

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