IoT’s promise will be unlocked by addressing skills shortage, complexity and security:Report

KOLKATA, Aug 7: International Data Corporation (IDC) expects that by 2025
there will be 41.6 billion connected IoT devices or “things,” generating more
than 79 zettabytes (ZB) of data.
These billions of devices are creating unprecedented visibility into a business
leading to transformation of operations, energy, products and workplace safety,
to name just a few areas.
Microsoft has launched a new report Internet of Things (IoT) Signals that provides an industry pulse on the state of IoT adoption to help inform how the company can better serve its partners and customers, as well as help business leaders in development of their own IoT strategies, a Microsoft spokesperson on Wednesday said.
Microsoft surveyed more than 3,000 IoT decision-makers in enterprise
organizations to give the industry a holistic, market-level view of the IoT ecosystem, including adoption rates, related technology trends, challenges and benefits of IoT.
The study found is that while IoT adoption is on the rise and opening the door to business transformation, companies are being held back by skills shortages, project complexity and security challenges.
To summarize the findings: IoT is seen as profitable and critical to business success and is creating opportunities to leverage more advanced cloud and networking technologies.
Nearly all respondents (97 per cent) have security concerns when implementing IoT, but this is not hindering adoption.
There is a skills gap for IoT solutions which is compounded by solution complexity.
Recommendations for a Successful IoT Strategy:
With security concerns mounting and IoT becoming more complex with the rise of AI, 5G and edge capabilities, how can companies create a digital strategy to transform their business with IoT successfully.
Microsoft partnered with the BCG Group to narrow down the seven key ingredients for success: Business strategy and rationale, Leadership and organization, Technology roadmap planning, Talent, Operations and core business processes, Partnerships and ecosystem and Security as foundational.