IoT goes mainstream: and business continuity managers need to understand the implications

Published: Thursday, 14 July 2016 07:54

Vodafone has published its fourth annual IoT Barometer Report: a global survey of business sentiment regarding innovation and investment in the Internet of Things, the term used to describe the evolution of a new generation of devices and processes using connected network intelligence to deliver advanced capabilities. The survey was conducted by Circle Research in April and May 2016 and involved more than 1,096 companies across Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, the UAE, the UK and the USA.
The 2016 Vodafone IoT Barometer Report found that:

The report also found that IoT technologies play a key role in mainstream business activities in an increasing number of companies. Highlights included:

Vodafone Group IoT Director Erik Brenneis said: "Three-quarters of the companies we interviewed now recognise that the Internet of Things is a new industrial revolution that will change how people work and live forever, and almost half the companies surveyed across multiple countries and sectors told us they're already planning to bring connected network intelligence to millions of devices and processes over the next two years. 2016 is the year the Internet of Things entered the mainstream."

The 2016 Vodafone IoT Barometer Report can be found here.

IoT and business continuity managers

With IoT set to become established at the heart of many mainstream business activities, it will naturally become yet another mission-critical element, requiring resilience, support, protection and continuity management. Business continuity managers need to understand how their organization is starting to use IoT, how usage is likely to grow in the future, and what business continuity requirements and investment are likely to be necessary.