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Be Prepared As IoT Shifts to Enterprise of Things

Appian Contributor
August 3, 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) movement is invading businesses as employees bring smart devices into the workplace to solve their problems and get the job done more effectively. As this Enterprise of Things (EoT) environment emerges, organizations must be prepared to support diverse devices and workflows if they want to avoid becoming inundated with personal technologies invading corporate infrastructure.

Business process management (BPM) software can empower organizations to tackle this transition from the IoT to the EoT by helping them create unique proprietary apps quickly and ensure data workflows are able to extend out to users regardless of which devices they are using to get the job done.

Preparing for the EoT

A recent Network World report explained that the EoT is entering the enterprise world in a similar way to the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement. At this point, most of the recognition of the EoT is coming when users start leveraging personal technologies that they find helpful, and businesses are trying to respond on a case-by-case basis to make something work.

The IoT is beginning to have a significant impact on enterprise operations.The IoT is beginning to have a significant impact on enterprise operations.

The news source said this strategy couldn't keep up with the demands of BYOD and left many organizations facing major challenges trying to keep up with operational demands. Taking the same wait-and-respond approach to EoT could set companies up for trouble as more connected devices enter the workplace. Instead of sitting back and solving issues as they arise, the report suggested a few strategies for getting ahead of the EoT movement, including:

    • Prepare to analyze data gathered by IoT devices in the workplace. Information is meaningless if you can't analyze it

    • Build security into design, don't just tack it on later

    • Focus on apps and services that let you put EoT systems to use. Hardware alone won't drive much value

As the IoT shifts into a situation where your run your entire enterprise on connected "things," you must ensure that you plan carefully to build application, process, data and security workflows that can keep pace with end-user requirements.

Leveraging BPM for the EoT

When social media was on the rise in businesses, BPM software helped companies go from using social tools to becoming social enterprises by integrating emerging tools into apps and processes. This same transition can happen as organizations work to go from supporting the IoT in small use cases to integrating IoT capabilities into their operations on a deep level. Transforming to support the EoT requires a combination of procedural and technological change, and BPM solutions can support both of thoseoperational shifts.