Results Are in: 43% Still Don' t Get IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to advance in manufacturing fields.

It's estimated that approximately 220,000 professionals are going to be required each year to scale IoT.

LNS Research's Take

A LNS Research article announcing Rockwell Automation and Cisco's IoT-Related Skills Course, said the company feels a much needed step in the right direction in advancing IoT is to advance it in both theory and practice. Quoting Mark Davidson from his blog post trilogy on IoT, LNS writes, "network- and security-related issues are two of the most prominent barriers in advancing IoT forward in manufacturing, IMINS as a timely and necessary development in IoT progress."

LNS said in understanding system architecture and navigating security measures, hands-on programs are one of the tools IoT consortia players can use to advance both the IoT conversation and real-world skills of today's industrial network professionals. The research firm hopes to see other programs emerge over time as well.

The above infographic shows that approximately 43% of 175 industrial respondents still do not have a full understanding of IoT capabilities or applications, whereas over 20% had made some form of investment in IoT to date.

Predicitions, however, say the scale of these figures will tip the other way making programs like IMINS increasingly vital.

Read the full article here.

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  • <p>For me, it isn't that I don't understand the benefits of IoT. The bigger problem is where to start and how to I convince the stakeholders to loosen the purse strings to put an architecture together in our production environment that will leverage the tools that IoT present. Like any developing technology, there is a cost to getting the goodies. Remember when a laptop used to cost $2000 (or more)? We can buy these, brand new, for a little over $200. IoT is the brain-child of a visionary who saw the potential of everything talking to everything else. I liken this to gazing up into the night sky and realizing that all those lights up there are celestial bodies that are reflecting energy, in the form of light, from their own source. What? Those are all planets, stars, galaxies, universes? There is no limit but our own imagination. Like the pursuit of space, IoT will involve bringing things into focus. We don't know what we can't see.</p> <p>For a manufacturer, it isn't as simple as buying things that utilize components that will talk to other components. A smart machine, with associated cost, is still a dumb machine if there isn't anything higher up that can talk to it. It is hard to justify spending that extra capital to buy a thoroughbred when the rest of the horses in the stable still chew oats and are happy to do so. </p> <p>Where do we plunge in? Do we sink capital into an infrastructure that is capable of talking to smarter things, without smarter things to talk to? With technology advancing along as it has in the past 30 or so years (last 100 years for that matter), won't my infrastructure be obsolete by the time I can put capital into the IoT-enabled machine? Perhaps I buy only IoT-capable equipment from now on. How much do I buy before it makes sense to buy the equipment to tie it all together.</p> <p>I think my last paragraph explains why many (43%) haven't jumped on the IoT train yet. It is hard to boldly go where no one has gone before.</p>

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