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Captain Kirk, the Cyborgs are coming! And they are bringing their mobile devices!

Rick_Barron ‎02-28-2014 06:38 PM - edited ‎09-09-2015 10:23 AM

The Internet of Things [IoT] has been a topic enterprise computing experts have been talking about for years. Some even refer to it as the internet of everything. Both concepts predict an explosion in data, and all the challenges and opportunities that it entails this explosion entails.


Technology isn’t just a new way of carrying a screen and viewing data; it represents a whole new way of blending the physical and digital worlds. Companies will have to adapt whether it is in the context of their customers, their assets and  equipment, their employees or their partners.


Simply put…it’s going to happen. IT, it is time to get ready.


First it was Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and then it was Choose Your Own Device (CYOD). Businesses have discovered how beneficial it can be to allow employees to use personal smartphones and tablets for work purposes. Just as enterprises determined a game plan for the above, CIOs now face a new challenge—the introduction of wearable technology as work devices. This might prove to be advantageous and further improve employee productivity, or it could make ensuring mobile device security a more difficult task for IT departments.



Having said that, bear in mind that we’re at the infancy stage of the Internet of Things (IoT).  This doesn’t mean that you immediately need to go into a state of panic, but organizations need to start thinking about how to deal with these wearable devices and how best to implement this new technology into the work environment. 



"The growth in IoT will far exceed that of other connected devices. By 2020, the number of smartphones tablets and PCs in use will reach about 7.3 billion units. In contrast, the IoT will have expanded at a much faster rate, resulting in a population of about 26 billion units at that time." said Peter Middleton, research director at Gartner


Today the average worker is coming in with various devices such as tablets, smartphones, wearables [Google Glass], and smart watches, just to mention a few of the possible devices. All of this contributes to a high demand for wireless connectivity. Companies today are still facing a new hurdle to BYOD, and now with wearable tech coming into the picture, the situation could be much more expansive than BYOD. 


There are some measures to take in preparation for getting ready for both BYOD and wearable tech. Consider the network. More devices increase the amount of traffic.  Being prepared for a large flood of traffic is one way to absorb the wave. Establishing written policies on usage will also help.


A strong focus on network security principles—particularly in terms of endpoints and areas of access—will have a huge impact on the adoption of wearable tech. CIOs will want to make sure that their mobile device management (MDM) plans are adapted to meet the demands of these wearable devices.





By 2020, there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet. Jonathan Strickland takes us on a tour through a living room of the future to see how this “Internet of Things (IoT) will impact our daily lives.


Chris talks about the slow burn pace of adoption for connected devices and systems in the enterprise. He notes that lower prices for IT components, broadband connectivity and the smart phone explosion are aiding in the adoption however.

Few revolutionary technologies have created new value pools, displaced incumbents, changed lives, liquefied industries, and made a trillion dollar economic impact. That is, until the Internet of Things (IoT) sprang to life.


What does the future hold for information technology? At HP Discover, Mike Shaw shared some of the things HP is seeing that have a high probability of impacting IT departments in the year 2020.




  1. How much is the Internet of everything worth?
  2. Google’s Nest buy could spur growth of ‘Internet of things’
  3. Gartner says IOT installed base to grow by 26 billion units by 2020
  4. Internet of Things
  5. Enterprises have 'Internet of Things’ plans
  6. All Things Internet

About the Author


Rick Barron is a Program Manager for various aspects of the PM team and HPSW UX/UI team; and working on UX projects associated with He has worked in high tech for 20+ years working in roles involving web design, usability studies, and mobile marketing. Rick has held roles at Motorola Mobility, Symantec and Sun Microsystems.

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