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Bring your own IoT device to the party

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Experiencing problems with IoT devices that don't talk with one another? Here are 5 tips to help you build an IoT Strategy. 

Bring your own IoT device

The logistics department has a great tracking device but the fleet manager is using a different one. Result? The devices don’t communicate with one another and you can’t capitalise on the data. Sound familiar? It’s an increasing trend in companies, every department brings their own IoT device to the party. But it’s a party that costs you a lot of money and efforts and is bound to flop anyway. That’s where a good IoT strategy comes in.

What's the impact?

Well you probably end up with all different silos with locked data, possible vendor locks or a mishmash of different management and integration tools. The paradox being, that all things connected now lead towards “all things unmanaged”. And your organisation is one step further away from making informed decisions due to inaccessible data. So, it’s crucial to have a clear company IoT strategy.

What is a company IoT Strategy anyway?

An IoT strategy is a set of rules, recommendations and restrictions concerning everything related to IoT: the integration of IoT solutions, implementation, maintenance, etc.

It answers all those tricky questions like: Does it fit in our current infrastructure? Is it legally in order? How can we ensure good maintenance? Who needs to have access to the data? Who needs to approve the device? At the same time, it ensures you don’t lose track of the bigger picture, the business goals you want to achieve. Here’s a list of elements that will help you build your company IoT strategy.


5 elements to help build your IoT Strategy

#1 Vision & mission

Start with your IoT vision and mission. Define where you want to be as an organisation in 5 to 10 years’ time with IoT. Next, be sure to communicate it to all departments. It’s important to get everybody on the same page as soon as possible.

#2 IoT Roadmap

Now, it’s time to create your IoT maturity map and your IoT roadmap that defines how to get to your ideal situation.

#3 Competence matrix

Create your competence matrix. Do you have people with the right competences within your company to plan, develop and maintain your IoT solutions? Or do you need to reach out to external parties?

#4 Build and centralise your IoT competences

If you buy a car, it’s best you know how to drive it. Same goes for your IoT solutions. You need to expand people’s knowledge and make clear who is accountable in case of problems or questions.

#5 Create a solid screening process

When you’re done implementing the previous steps, it’s time to set up the right screening processes. Make sure it takes everything into account, from what the basic requirements are to who needs to approve it.  

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