Whether you call it Internet of Things or Machine-to-Machine (M2M), the strategic importance of companies connecting their non-IT assets is becoming hard to ignore. As Gartner laid it out this week, and according to Eric Savitz’s summary in Forbes:
- Over 50% of Internet connections are things
- In 2011, over 15 billion things on the Web, with 50 billion+ intermittent connections.
- By 2020, over 30 billion connected things, with over 200 billion with intermittent connections.
Over the last two years, Gartner has led the thought leadership behind the trend of IT and OT (Operational Technology) convergence. This matters to the CIO audience, because as Gartner predicted this week:
- By 2015, in more than 70% of enterprises, a single exec will oversee all Internet connected things.
This responsibility will most likely fall with the CIO. And it won’t only be the performance of these assets, but also how the flood of data coming from the assets is gathered, processed, stored, and utilized for the gain of their enterprises.
Gartner recently released a new report: Market Trends: IT Services for Machine-to-Machine Communications, U.S., 2012. It discusses how System Integrators and “vendors to watch” like Axeda are well positioned to help IT organizations successfully take on machine data management and integration projects. View the report for free at www.axeda.com.