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IoT and the Edge

Why Wearables at Work are Increasing

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Earlier this summer, my friend’s daughter began a new job, her first one right out of college. Amidst all the usual starting-a-new-job hubbub of picking health insurance and setting up her direct deposit, she was also faced with getting her hardware – laptop, tablet, and smartphone – selected and set up. It’s a task many of us are usually faced with, and don’t spend too much time thinking about. However, not long after starting her job, she called me at work with a question:

“Ramon, which wearable should I get?”

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The Internet of Things (IoT) Market at a Glance

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The Internet of Things (IoT) market is a tricky thing; customers aren’t necessarily looking to buy “IoT technology” but are instead searching for solutions that can help them achieve a specific business goal, such as supply chain efficiency or cost savings. That’s why IoT vendors need to not only have a good handle on the other players in their space, but on the ways they and their competition are framing their individual IoT solutions. It’s not enough to talk about the IoT market; vendors must frame their solution in a business value context in order to connect with their customer base.

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The Consumer IoT Market at a Glance

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The consumer Internet of Things (IoT) market is crowded and complex, with several market segments that organizations must consider when evaluating their needs. IDC’s newest snapshot of the consumer IoT market shows the wide array of technology suppliers currently in the market, and how specialized needs have become.

IDC anticipates that the worldwide consumer IoT market will witness substantial growth over the next five years as consumers become more aware of the conveniences, cost savings, and energy efficiencies that connected devices and services can provide. The market’s growth will further be driven in part by rising broadband penetration, rising disposable incomes in developing countries, and increasing consumer awareness of smart assistants. However, consumer concerns around privacy, security, costs and interoperability will constrain the market’s development for the near future.

This wave of growth has already started, as evidenced by the wide array of vendors inhabiting the consumer IoT space today. In order to break away from the pack, vendors will need to find ways to differentiate. Here are two key areas of differentiation that vendors should pay attention to:

Data Collection and Analysis are Keys to Success

Across both the DIY and managed solution segments, data collection, management, and analysis are key to evolving and growing home IoT solutions, and that data flow is contingent on diverse and early gains in users. Successful vendors will strategize around how to boost that data flow through introducing broader sets of applications, increasing the number and type of users, creating unique solution sets, and intensifying the usage of applications.

Service Delivery Strategies Are Important

Device makers should develop a long-term strategy for service delivery. While device elements such as design and reliability are necessary for success, differentiation and margins lie elsewhere. The services enabled by software provide a solution’s sustainable distinction. IoT-enabled consumer products are accelerating the consolidation of value in services while diminishing the margins in the devices themselves.

Learn more about the consumer IoT market and see what trends vendors should be aware of in IDC’s Market Glance: Consumer IoT.

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All I Want for the Holidays Is… a Wearable?

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With Halloween now firmly in the rear view mirror, I – along with numerous retailers – am turning my attention to holiday shopping. Naturally, the tech fan in me expects all number of smart compute devices to make it on many consumers’ lists from tablets to smartphones, from PC’s to smart speakers, and even some of the emerging products like AR/VR and drones.

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Who’s Driving IoT Investment?

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly revolutionizing how enterprise organizations work, and technology budgets are increasingly reflecting the need for IoT investment. At least $3.1 billion of IT consulting services and $11.2 billion of systems integration services will be consumed building and implementing IoT solutions worldwide in the next three years. Organizations recognize that today’s faster pace of business and their desire for digitally enhanced business transformation means a bigger technology budget.

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