Leading IT analyst firm Gartner recently named the Internet of Things one of its “Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013.” KORE recognized the strategic importance of the Internet of Things, aka Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications aka Connected Devices, years ago and have built a successful company around delivering the network technology needed to connect a wide variety of devices and solutions around the World. It is exciting to see one of North America’s most influential enterprise-focused analyst firms recognizing the value and importance that M2M brings to the marketplace.
Gartner defines a strategic technology as “one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years.” Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business; the need for a major dollar investment; or the risk of being late to adopt.” The firm’s summary on the Internet of things cites that the concept will “enable a wide range of new applications and services while raising many new challenges.”
The truth is that M2M has been enabling a broad range of applications – across multiple vertical industries – since its inception. With M2M’s roots in telematics and fleet tracking, this blog has published number of posts on new, innovative applications, from the connected home to telehealth to wireless payments. The recognition of the Internet of Things as a strategic trend from Gartner is significant as it serves as a wake up call for enterprise IT organizations who until now have mostly utilized the technology for business unit or point solutions; furthering the need for IT to securely manage and control those connections over a plethora of applications, use profiles, and geographies.
The emergence of “big data” and advances in all forms of data storage and analytics are leading enterprise organizations to make M2M a more integrated component of the IT architecture. Over the next few years, M2M will become a mandatory component of successful enterprise data management strategies. Sensor-based technologies will participate in enterprise-wide big data strategies with other pervasive applications, making actionable data available to C-level personnel for more informed, timely and accurate decision-making. For instance, M2M is already being utilized as a differentiator for powerful applications in the supply chain.Along with Gartner, we too hope 2013 with be the year for the emergence of the Internet of Things in enterprise environments. As more enterprise M2M success stories are shared across the industry, it will drive more interest from both the planning and deployment perspectives of successful enterprises. As 2013 promises to be an exciting break-out year for enterprise M2M evaluation and deployments, we expect global connectivity, including satellite services, and powerful M2M management platforms to take center stage in the evaluation and partnering decision making processes.
Robert Metzler, EVP Sales and Marketing
With over 20 years experience in leading winning sales teams, Bob joins KORE to drive adoption of KORE in the market by capitalizing on our unique service, management and billing capabilities, coupled with the most comprehensive and skilled network of partners, all dedicated to delivering the most reliable and relevant solutions for our customers, every day.