Enthusiasm was high at this year’s #CES Show. Along with 170,000 tech enthusiasts, I trekked through 35 football fields of products and services to experience the future of technology. From the latest in smart homes, 3D printers, robotics, wearables, video, and audio, to futuristic self-drive autos, I saw innovation across the entire technology ecosystem.
More so than CES 2014, everything is connected. The Internet of things (IoT) has grown by leaps and bounds: Smart cars, smart appliances, smart toothbrushes, smart clothing, smart baby rockers, and more. Now we can monitor everything from the location of our home keys (a function which will be short-lived if we all get smart locks for our homes), to our heart rate at the 2 mile mark, to the moisture content of our face.
Last year Cisco introduced the concept of the Internet of Everything (IoE). While some use IoT and IoE interchangeably, Cisco, along with other industry insiders make a notable difference. IoT represents the billions of connected devices (things). IoE expands the concept to include the smart networks, tools and applications that will be required to support and use all the data that billions of Internet connected devices will create and transmit.
While CES is traditionally focused on “consumer” oriented products, it’s not hard to see how the IoE is beginning to affect companies. As devices get smarter and grow in adoption, more and more employees will use their own devices at work. Companies will need well-defined BYOD policies that encourage productivity and employee satisfaction, while limiting security risks.
Stronger bonds between operational department managers and IT will be created through the increased collaboration needed in assessing and operationalizing new devices, platforms and databases.
Businesses will rely on their broadband connections more than ever. Dependable broadband Internet with premium uptime, high packet delivery and QoS, in addition to responsive technical support will be a must.
The IoE will generate virtually limitless data that will need to be stored, assessed, analyzed and protected. Cyber attacks will be a primary concern for most businesses. Companies will invest in skilled analysts and new robust analytical software to harvest big data. Customers will seek out companies that use their data intelligence to meet their needs.
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