shutterstock_178555349While there are many different elements affecting the way IT teams work, the Internet of Things (IoT) is something that has recently warranted a lot of extra attention. IoT will be as influential in the world of technology as the Internet was when it was first implemented, and it will also be just as beneficial.
As many consumers continue to utilize IoT in their lives, such as with Fitbit fitness tracking watches, the workplace is an important place for this technology as well. In fact, Gartner predicts at least 26 billion devices will be connected by 2020. However, while the prospect of using more connected devices in the office might appeal to consumers who use them, some IT professionals haven’t welcomed IoT with open arms just yet.
Here are some of the reasons why.
BYOT Is Another BYOD
IT professionals have just started getting used to “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) management. IoT brings the additional challenge of “Bring Your Own Thing” (BYOT), which means more responsibility for IT teams. In addition to those for BYOD, unique BYOT policies will be required for risk and liability management.
As more connected devices appear in the workplace, IT teams must consider the potential security threats that will inevitably come along with them. Any device that allows access to sensitive data makes an IT professional think about the possible exploitation of that device and the loss of important data.
Connection Compatibility Requirements
In addition, IT teams must take into account the compatibility of connected devices. Not all devices use the same connection method, such as Bluetooth, and with more variation comes additional work-around methods that IT departments need to figure out.
Storage Needs
Along with more devices comes more storage space demands. If a growing number of devices are using the same Wi-Fi network to connect, it could cause connection and syncing complications. In addition, refined paths for data delivery will be required for many devices, which will fall under the responsibility of the IT department.
More Devices Means More Attention
Each newly connected “thing” will require occasional attention by the IT department. Devices such as coffee makers and trash cans that monitor fullness will require maintenance when the technology fails, and many will need to undergo periodic software updates to keep them functioning properly.
IT Will Adapt to IoT
Just as with previous technological advances at both work and home, IT professionals will need to adapt to the Internet of Things, albeit more urgently. Planning, integration and network monitoring methods will need to be created, which will take time. IoT is worth adapting to because of its many benefits, but its effectiveness will rely heavily on IT teams’ abilities to maintain and manage it.
IoT has the opportunity to innovate nearly every industry. While the prospect of IoT can seem daunting, experienced IT professionals will adjust to this new technology accordingly. In the near future, it’s likely that IT teams won’t be able to recall a time before the convenience of the Internet of Things.