The Internet of Things meets disruptive technologies

How will the IoT affect social, mobile, the cloud and analytics?

The Internet of Things (IoT) will be everywhere. According to Gartner, by 2020 the IoT will be more than a $300 billion market, with over 26 billion devices installed. In contrast, today we use 7.3 billion smartphones, tablets and PCs.

Naturally, the IoT will run up against today's other disruptive technologies, including social, mobile, analytics and the cloud. Let's take a look at how the IoT is affecting and leveraging each of these areas, as well as its impact on cybersecurity.


Many IoT applications have already gone social. Most prominent so far has been the "quantified self" arena, with countless runners, cyclists and triathletes sharing details of their routes and times with friends in their social communities. But we are also seeing other ways that social networking can interact with the IoT. In the "connected home" space, for example, Internet-connected, remotely operated door locks offer the ability to share access to your home with other family members and approved house guests. This represents a fundamental change for social; you're sharing not just information and photos, but the ability to interact with physical things.

As socially enabled business processes are integrated with enterprise functions, the ability to remotely monitor and control IoT devices will extend social collaboration among knowledge workers to support actual business operations in addition to making business decisions. An example might be hospital caregivers collaboratively deciding, over an enterprise social network, to provision more smart mobile robots to autonomously deliver medications, meals, supplies and materials based on real-time needs.


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