Are you ready to manage all that?
The Internet of Things (IoT) has exploded in recent years, and it’s not slowing down any time soon. Gartner forecasts that 20.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide by 2020, and a new Business Insider Intelligence study predicts that the IoT market will grow to over $3 trillion annually by 2026.
Between the data that’s needed to inform individual jobs, the growth of remote work, and increased consumer demand for “smarter” everything, connected devices are going to be an integral part of your business in a variety of ways going forward. At the same time, new apps, platforms and services are generating more and more data, and with robust analytic capabilities, that information can be used to transform all aspects of the business. The benefits are already gaining notice. Across industries, organizations are leveraging the Internet of Things to increase operational efficiencies, accelerate production, improve quality and decrease costs.
But managing connectivity, particularly in the midst of such a rapid growth cycle, can present a number of challenges. The more IoT devices you add, the bigger the challenge.
Here are just a few of the hurdles you’ll need to address to make sure your business is prepared for IoT and able to adapt as your needs change:
- Reliable connectivity: It’s the obvious one, but companies still run into trouble with connectivity issues, particularly when employees are spread out across many locations or are frequently working from the road. To deal with network gaps, you may need to use different carriers in different areas or with different devices. But that usually means dealing with separate invoicing, data packages and other fragmented services that can turn into an administrative headache—and one that will probably cost you more than it should. Look for connectivity packages that work with multiple carriers and allow you to not only roll up your services into one bill but also share data across carriers and devices.
- Data controls and usage: With all those connected devices, your data usage can easily skyrocket out of control. It’s one thing to plan for business applications, but employees often use the internet for data-intensive activities that have nothing to do with business: streaming music, checking out videos on YouTube, binge-watching Netflix. Unless you have a way to monitor usage on an ongoing basis and control how employees use the data, you can wind up footing the bill for costly overages or overpriced unlimited data plans. Add to that cost the lost productivity and potential security issues you can experience when employees are spending time on non-work-related sites and tasks.
- Security: Of course, securing your company’s data is paramount, particularly with the rise in ransomware attacks and the increasing sophistication of malware, not to mention heightened awareness and concerns about protecting personal information and intellectual property. With hundreds and thousands of connected devices, you’re even more vulnerable to a potential breach. To keep the network and the data secure, you need advanced defense tools that can stop known, unknown and evasive threats.
- Complexity: As more and more connected things become part of the way business is done, the complexity of connectivity only grows. The decision-making involved with hardware, data plans, networks, security, content filtering, analytics, reporting and more can be overwhelming. This is one area where a DIY approach can be time-consuming and expensive, and it can create huge problems down the road.
The growing IoT market means there are about 20 billion reasons to make sure you have a reliable solution for managing connectivity that adapts to your needs.
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Take advantage of a proven, total solution that will simplify the process, save you money immediately and over the long term, and give you peace of mind. Otarris offers mobile and device connectivity and management that can be used across multiple carriers and shared data on all your devices for any amount of time. With Otarris, you get secure, affordable, easy-to-manage LTE connectivity for IoT solutions on any combination of six major North American wireless networks. That’s the kind of reliability and flexibility you need in the midst of a growing universe of IoT devices!