The most disruptive technology of this decades undoubtedly is the Internet of Things or IoT as its called in short. If you keep track of the technology you might have already noted that the hype has moved on from Internet, Cloud , Big data or mobility to something which encompasses all of these in one. The IoT is a buzz word for most and I would like to clear some air and put it in plain simple terms. Internet of Things revolves around increased machine-to-machine communication; it’s built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors; it’s mobile, virtual, and instantaneous connection; and it’s going to make everything in our lives from door bell to dog collar “smart.”
Unlike other technological trends in the recent past, IoT is not a single thing but a lot of things working together. What makes it even more interesting is that it touches the life of each and everyone without even them knowing and still using it. Microprocessors or intelligent chips have been a part of your everyday electronics but they had mostly been up to themselves and not communicating with each other. As the internet has increased its reach in the past decade and half it has become accessible to everyone and has become a part of the household now. People may argue that internet is not fully available to all in the remotest part of the world or even in countries like India only a fraction of this population has internet access. However things are changing with one another revolution which came a few years after internet. I am referring to the smartphone age which has made internet available in every individuals pocket. This change has made the internet itself mobile and available in the nooks and corners. The smartphone not only solves the connectivity part of the IoT but also acts as sensors for many applications. The smartphone is loaded with sensors which can now report back location, capture sound and video, identify if you are stationary, walking , riding a bike or on a vehicle. Cloud and Big data which seemed like a good to have thing has become a must have for enterprises. Enterprises who have been slow in adopting Cloud or mobility have now realized that in order to keep up with the trend and ride the IoT wave they have to have cloud and mobility.
IoT opens up infinite possibilities for enterprises to interact and engage with customers in a more customized way. While its still in the nascent state and a long way to go this one technology is going to be the one to watch out for the remaining of this decade.