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How the IoT is transforming the workplace and leading to virtualization

Posted by Hans Ashlock August 27, 2015
How the IoT is transforming the workplace and leading to virtualization

The growing push toward the Internet of Things is facilitating a shift in the way businesses operate - and this change extends to enterprise infrastructure as well. As Business Insider reported, there are three main sectors where IoT technologies are being deployed: enterprise, government and personal. Of those, enterprise is set to represent the single largest sector in terms of number of connected devices, with a projected 9.1 billion devices by 2019. This number represents 40 percent of the anticipated 23.3 billion IoT devices that are expected to exist across all three sectors by that time.

"By 2019, enterprise is set to represent the single largest sector in terms of number of IoT devices."

While IoT deployments have been and are expected to continue being more widespread among certain enterprise types - manufacturing, information and wholesale trade among them - it's important to note that practically every business division, from educational services and forestry/agricultural services to construction and food services, is expected to integrate IoT devices. For companies that have already invested in IoT technology, a recent Global Trend study showed direct increases in revenue as a result of IoT deployments. As the study - which was based on a survey of 795 executives - revealed, business year-on-year IoT spend is set to increase as companies gain confidence in integrating IoT devices. 

"The age of IoT is well underway," said Natarajan Chandrasekaran, CEO of the group that carried out the study. "The question is, whether businesses are ready to realize the full potential of this technology."

A transforming workplace
IoT technology is leading to changes in the workplace, and these changes signal the need for enterprise IT departments to evolve their network infrastructure to accommodate an increasingly connected workplace. Here are some of the IoT-related workplace developments that point to the need for IT departments to virtualize operations:

  • Greater influx of information: Each new "thing" companies add into their network becomes a repository of data, which is extremely helpful - if that information can be stored and harnessed in an agile way. But businesses with entirely legacy infrastructures may find themselves overwhelmed when it comes to storing and managing that data, which means that they'll have difficulty putting the data to use.
  • Growth of remote workforce: The evolution of IoT technology is creating new opportunities for workers in all sectors to do their work remotely, via their connected devices. For companies, the deployment of a remote workforce spurred by IoT advancements has the potential to drive up business, improve customer relations and increase an enterprise's global presence. However, the evolution of an effective remote workforce can be held back due to an enterprise network that's based largely around legacy components.  
Internet of Things devices are changing the enterprise sphere.Internet of Things devices are changing the enterprise sphere.

The need for agility in the virtualization push
For companies to truly reap the benefits of IoT technology, they need to ensure that their infrastructure is prepared to handle the evolution. A move to a virtualized infrastructure is one key way enterprises can ensure that IoT devices and other future-focused business developments are backed by a robust network. But evolving infrastructure in an agile way can be difficult for organizations. CloudShell from QualiSystems makes the job of enterprise infrastructure leaders easier by providing them with a comprehensive automation platform that helps companies work toward cementing an agile heterogeneous infrastructure.

The takeaway: The challenge for enterprises class organizations when integrating IoT devices is to facilitate the push toward the cloud in a way that doesn't compromise dedicated assets or disrupt critical business functions. For businesses, CloudShell is the answer to this agile infrastructure challenge. 

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