5 Reasons to Focus on IoT Device Management

Posted on April 26, 2016


Businesses today are contending with ever shortening product development cycles, diminishing price margins and the possible proliferation of industry disruptors at any time.   These and other challenges are stimulating the voracious craving for information today you must be able to deliver and act upon “what you know” as quickly as possible.

Which is why there is so much interest in the Internet of Things, the process of embedding nearly any object with a sensor to compute data and then transferring that information through a network without human intervention to a data center where it can be analyzed in real time.  If you are thinking about an IoT implementation, you first need to think about device management.

  1. Device Management is Critical

According to Gartner, 5.5 million new things will be connected to the Internet each and every day in 2016.  Numbers such as that translate into chaos without a well thought out embedded management system.  Think about it, when you manage your devices, you’re also managing the relationship you have with your customers.  An IoT device is no different than any enterprise computing smart device.  It needs a client to integrate with software orchestration.


  1. Analytics is what Adds Value Analytics is what gives data value. When data is combined with analytics it creates actionable intelligence that drives innovation.  Up until recently, companies have only centered upon structured data.  The goal of analytics is to liberate ALL data. By properly integrating IoT devices with analytics, companies can gain hidden insights in data that was once unobtainable or too costly to process.  With structured data, management asks the questions.  With IoT analytics, the data begins dictating the questions.
  2. Ensuring Proper Data Flow In order to maximize intelligent driven decisions, you must involve as many endpoints as possible in the data collection process. In the case of IoT, your devices need to create the data and then immediately send it in real time to the shared data pool which can then be accessed by the decision makers of your organization.  This data flow needs to be seamless and the IoT client needs to be smart and robust enough to create a reliable secure data flow connection to the cloud.
  3. It Starts at the Device It is the device that initiates the data generation process, but it is the customer that started the process and it is the customer for which the IoT data gathering process is all about. Whether it’s about using sensors that monitor lighting and heating, initiating an alert for maintenance, discover an unknown behavior correlation or generate a firmware update, it’s all about improving the customer experience.  Make sure your IoT implementation is improving that relationship, not impairing it.

  4. A Successful IoT Implementation is all about Planning

The potential ROI on IoT investment is enormous which is why Gartner IoT will be a 300-billion-dollar business by 2020.  According to an article in Forbes Magazine dated April, 2014, “Positive economic impact is estimated at $1.9 trillion. But the path to creating that value is not what most people think it is.”  Your datacenter requires intricate planning.  So does your IoT infrastructure.