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    How the Internet of Things Will Change IT Management

    December 18, 2015

    By Dino Balafas

    An enormous change lies on the horizon of IT. The Internet of Things will completely upend the current conceptions of IT management.

    Since its first iterations in the late-1980s and early-1990s, the Internet has had no problems gaining a foothold in our lives. It expanded from computers to handheld devices and the next stop is things. That’s right, nouns mark the next frontier for the Internet.

    The Internet of What?

    Question Marks

    In an article for Wired, Daniel Burrus explains the oncoming meteoric change with an innocuous name. Soon, the everyday objects that surround us will gain new intelligence. Like our phones, everything will be “smart.” On its head, the name means exactly what it sounds like, but don’t let that simplicity fool you: the evolution contains profound implications.

    The Internet of Things signifies a time of greater machine-to-machine communication and relies on “cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors…” The connection is virtual, mobile, and instant. As the Internet expands, the grand import of the Internet of Things arises at the relationship between “gathering data and leveraging it.”

    Datamation writer Pedro Hernandez reports that Gartner, a technology research and advisory firm, predicts that 26 billion devices will constitute the Internet of Things by the year 2020. Over the next few years, billions of devices and sensors are slotted to gain Internet access. Those numbers incite a drastic transformation throughout tech services.

    IT Meets IoT

    One of the impacted sectors is IT. Summarizing another Gartner study for Datamation, Hernandez writes that more than 20% of companies must institute security services that protect the aspects of their business vulnerable to smart devices, sensors, and the plethora of connected gadgets comprising the Internet of Things.

    As the number of connected devices grows closer to 26 billion, IT companies must strengthen their data processing, analytical abilities, and networking. Of course, those changes will fail unless they address the completely different security landscape. One alteration is the clash of the physical and digital worlds, which creates "a conspicuous inflection point for IT security” requiring specialized governance and management according to Gartner.

    Bigger Data, Better Security


    The IoT ushers in a previously unimaginable number of data sources. The amount of available data sources directly impacts capacity management, its offshoot demand management, and performance management. As more data pours in, the capacity and performance management will grow to accommodate the influx.

    Given all the points of entry, security evolves as well. Gone are the good old days of the mainframe with the simple locking of the figurative doors counted as protection. The IoT brings with it thousands upon thousands of entry points. Good old days security strategies won’t pass muster.

    Gartner research vice president Ganesh Ramamoorthy explains that IoT transforms security by "...expanding the scope of responsibility into new platforms, services and directions." He notes that the enlarging responsibility requires an overhaul of management, operations, and governance of security functions. The new protections will blend physical security, handheld device control, and cloud computing, not to mention other aspects.

    The Future of IT

    Fortunately, Ramamoorthy offers some assurance: "the core principles of data, application, network, systems and hardware security are still applicable." A strong facility of IT basics, like management and security, will go a long way for managers as they transition into the IoT. TeamQuest offers just that. The company’s stronghold on all things IT portends a smooth adjustment to the IoT.

    (Main image credit: Christiaan Colen/flickr; 2nd image credit: gillian maniscalco/flickr; 3rd image credit: DaveBleasdale/flickr)

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