Is the DYI (Do It Yourself) approach in IOT or IIOT (Industrial IoT) a risk?
About the lethargy in adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) by the enterprise sector, there are some confirmations to a long-standing suspicion. There is reasonable consensus across the industry analyst community that a significant number of Fortune 1000 players are working to home-grow their IoT solutions. In that case many enterprises risk being trapped behind the innovation curve, the consequences of which could be very serious given the strategic importance of the Industrial IoT (IIoT). Moreover, the do-it-yourself is unlikely to succeed, and if it does, the time span will be too long. In both cases the opportunity will be lost.
This is not a static scenario. In the last year or so we have witnessed a glut, over 250 at the last count, of IoT platforms from new entrants and this has muddied the waters. Despite the marketing claims, these platforms do not enable quick fix solutions. IIoT solutions are complex, more complex than those of M2M since they involve IT (Information Technology), the enterprise domain, and OT (Operational Technology), the M2M domain, where different technologies and cultures prevail. This means that there is a divide, but it shouldn’t be seen as a chasm. The objective is to create a unified IT / OT environment in such a way that the OT domain appears to be a seamless extension to the corporate network.
A new report from ABI Research, a top-tier analyst firm, indicates that only 10 percent of enterprises have deployed IoT technologies extensively. Part of the hesitation is due to data security, privacy issues and funding challenges. But once companies decide to invest, the number of choices and the diversity of technologies, suppliers, platforms and architectures are slowing down enterprise IoT adoption. The report goes on to consider the benefits of a new model of integrators/Architect.
Sources : TelIt, ABI Research, Rockwell automation