How the Internet of Things (IoT) will impact your businessMunira Rangwala
You've most likely heard the phrase ‘Internet of Things’ in passing. If you're wondering what it means, we are here to decode it for you. According to Webopedia, “The Internet of Things (IoT) extends internet connectivity beyond traditional devices like desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, and tablets to a diverse range of devices and everyday things that utilise embedded technology to communicate and interact with the external environment, all via the internet.’ Kitchen appliances, cars, and even heart monitors can be connected through the Internet of Things. As IoT will grow in the next few years, more and more devices will join the list. We've compiled a beginner's guide to help you understand how the Internet of Things will impact your business.
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You'll have constant access to information
Presently, most organisations rely on barcode tracking systems for the purpose of inventory management. However, when all your products, equipment, and devices are integrated into the same network, inventory management and tracking will become very spontaneous. Numbers that are updated by the second will be at your disposal and you'll have the ability to make use of those metrics any time you want.
Smarter products will see the light of the day
Initially, consumers were happy when their cellphones could successfully make calls and connect them to people far away from them. However, today users expect a lot more from the same device they carry in their pocket. It might seem unusual at first glance to have a smart tennis racket or an internet-enabled oven, but these are just the first forays into the world of the Internet of Things. Some of these products will become instant hits while some others will tank, but businesses will have the opportunity to manufacture smarter and more connected products.
Remote working will become a viable option
Several companies already have remote teams thanks to cloud computing and portable devices like laptops and tablets. When IoT technology will gain popularity, all devices will be manageable on one network, making remote working a cakewalk for most employees. With just a tablet and a stable internet connection, an individual will be able to manage an entire store or even their full workforce. Most professionals might be reluctant to cross this gap immediately, but remote employment will exist as a possibility.
You will have more data at your disposal
Companies are aware that actionable data is their most valuable asset. Because all devices will be interconnected when the Internet of Things finally takes over, it will open floodgates to data like in-depth metrics and detailed business operations. Companies will have information about customers and their behavior, how their employees work, and other nitty-gritty elements that will help them better their overall business module.
From making everything faster to increasing productivity, the IoT will change how big business enterprises and small startups work. There will be a fundamental tilt in the lens through which we view the world and businesses will have to be ready to adapt to those changes if they want to stay ahead of their competition.