Unlocking the potential of the Internet of Things with IBM
Internet of Things (IoT) will accelerate digital transformation in our lives and across industries. Experiences are becoming pervasive and moving beyond computers or smart phones to wearables and smart devices.
IoT represents a data challenge as well as an opportunity. Every device, sensor reading, motion detected, or touch is contributing to a data explosion. By 2020, there will be about 7.7 billion people on planet Earth and current estimates are over 30 billion connected devices or things. That could mean 44 ZetaBytes of data. Such large volume of data in real-time can lead to new consumer experiences and transformation of enterprise operations. Actionable insights based on this data can lead to new forms of monetization, revenue streams, and even business model shifts.
The potential of IoT will expand significantly as the “things” become software-driven or smart. Software driven things is “how” software and hardware will combine or the physical and digital will converge. On the lines of Industry 4.0 which is a vision for the next generation of factories and industrial manufacturing, we are betting on software-driven things to become pervasive beyond the industrial world. It will also change how software is designed, deployed and managed.
Companies which aspire to continuously transform themselves using IoT will seek the ability to discover,deploy, and manage new experiences and derive actionable insights with speed. Software 4.0 is our metaphor for the “how” of software-driven things and Industry 4.0 including the rising significance of continuous engineering, integration and lifecycle management across software and hardware.
Persistent has bet on our IBM alliance for IoT. This spans many IBM products and technologies including the cognitive technologies in IBM Watson, Watson IoT and BlueMix as well as IBM products for Continuous Engineering and Lifecycle Management; and a number of business management and functional applications in the IBM portfolio. This is my 14th year at Persistent Systems. For the last 4 years, I have focused on service delivery related to IBM products and technologies. Taking charge of the recently formed IBM Alliance and building on the 360-degree relationship with IBM excites me, to together pursue the IoT opportunity.
COL. JITENDRA GOKHALE, VETERAN
President – IBM Alliance