Efficiency, Disruption, and Latency in Enterprise IoT
While many companies today are using IoT in consumer-facing products, a large portion of businesses, like manufacturers, are using IoT to enhance performance in their critical infrastructure.
In these situations, where speed may be your main requirement, you should keep your data local — which makes on-premise a better option than the cloud, because decision-making happens at a local level in real time. Connectivity is higher between data centers and connected devices, meaning the lag is lower.
Cloud services, meanwhile, perform data analysis in a centralized location not local to the connected device where the data is collected or generated. While this feature is helpful for computing data that will need to be shared with a wide audience, it could be adding unnecessary steps (and seconds) to the process if the data only matters for a small subset of users (e.g., one factory in a larger manufacturing operation).
Hybrid IoT solutions might also prove beneficial in these cases as well, although they come with their own challenges. Hybrid IoT often offers the optimal levels of control, speed, and the best location, but the solution is often complex and more difficult to maintain.
Enterprise IoT Integration
Enterprises did not become enterprises overnight, so their existing systems and infrastructures aren’t brand-new, either.
Unless they’ve gone through or are embarking on an extensive digital transformation — an effort that requires massive amounts of time and resources, plus a shift in culture and mindset across the organization — many enterprises are working with legacy and/or custom systems installed decades ago before the cloud was the revolution that it is today.
While integrating these systems with the cloud is possible for IoT, it can be more time and resource-intensive and could feel like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Making IoT on-premise or even hybrid may provide better integration and visibility.
Your Next IoT Deployment
It’s hardly news anymore that cloud services offer enterprises speed, scalability, and operating cost savings.
That doesn’t mean, however, that everything will move to the cloud, or even that everything should move.
Product and engineering leaders have to address the realities in their own businesses and choose the option that makes sense for them — and that applies to IoT, too. What matters is that enterprises find IoT services partners that can be flexible and adapt to their needs, even as they grow and evolve.
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