Trends Report

Brief: CIOs Will Architect And Operate The Internet Of Things

The Connected World Is Being Defined By The Business, But Like The Web And Mobile, CIOs Will End Up Running It

August 5th, 2014
Frank Gillett
With contributors:
Pascal Matzke , Michele Pelino , Christopher Mines , Nate Fleming


Many Internet of Things (IoT) implementations are driven by business leaders and groups rather than the CIO's technology teams. Business leaders are driving two types of IoT systems: connected products and connected assets. They're motivated to implement new technologies, or update established industrial control systems, to respond to competition or new customer demand. But this report asserts that CIOs will end up operating the infrastructure of the connected world, just as they ended up owning PCs, websites, and smartphones, all of which started as do-it-yourself efforts by the business. As they integrate IoT into the business technology (BT) agenda, CIOs will face five categories of challenges spread across the three basic domains of IoT infrastructure. To prepare, CIOs need to coordinate the work of app dev, architecture, infrastructure and operations, and line-of-business teams.

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