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What Is Ailing IoT Implementations at Scale and Ways to Fix Them

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Implementing a large-scale Internet of Things (IoT) project can be overwhelming for any organization. Studies show that many IoT projects fail to go beyond the trial phase, while return on investment (ROI) also remains elusive for many. This is further complicated by the inherent problems in IoT, such as lack of a universal platform, lackluster security and interoperability issues between devices. We look at the key issues that typically hold back large-scale IoT implementations and how organizations can address them. 

Interest in IoT is at an all-time high. Most IT decision-makers want to incorporate IoT into their businesses operations to achieve greater efficiency, reduce costs, open new revenue streams, and improve customer experience. Gartner’s findings show that the number of IoT devices is doubling every five years. 

Microsoft’s IoT Signals report, published October 2020, also found that more than 91% of business heads had adopted IoT in 2020, while 83% of them had seen at least one project reach the “use” stage. Microsoft classifies IoT projects into four stages: learn, trial/PoC (proof of concept), purchase, and use. 

Though more businesses are getting on the IoT bandwagon, many struggle to take their projects beyond the trial phase. Microsoft’s report (mentioned earlier) shows that almost a third of the IoT projects fail at the PoC stage as scaling an IoT project presents a formidable challenge for any organization. These issues are also not confined to any one sector. For instance, a third of manufacturing companies are still working through the implementation of their current solution. Likewise, in healthcare, one in three IoT projects are still in the learning phase. 

“These scale issues are across the board in many different industries that are looking to improve performance through automation of any kind. Healthcare, manufacturing, logistics, and sports are all affected by the increased knowledge of operations delivered through IoT applications,” notes Tom Ruth, Vice President, Americas at Quuppa, an IoT and RTLS company.

Velipekka Kuoppala, the co-founder & CBO of ConnectedYou, an IoT connectivity marketplace, points out that any company that needs cellular/SIM connectivity at a global scale regardless of the sector is facing the growth impact if the efficiency and data connectivity optimization/management is not well taken care of in the very beginning. “The real impact is measured in the complexity and efficient data connectivity orchestration itself,” he says.

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