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Managing the vastness of the Internet of Things with cloud

o Worldwide Portfolio Marketing Leader, Asset & Facilities Management, Watson IoT, IBM

One of the joys of the IBM InterConnect conference is spending a week with fully engaged clients and business partners. During IBM InterConnect 2016, my colleagues and I spoke with hundreds of clients who take advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT) to enhance their operations and offer transformed client experiences while disrupting their industries. During those conversations, clients and partners repeatedly asked me about two things: the cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings running on the cloud. But I noticed that the two topics were rarely mentioned in the same conversations—or even the same presentations. That omission struck me as incongruous, for the cloud is a prerequisite to enabling the Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things is massive. Indeed, at IBM InterConnect, IBM Fellow John Cohn demonstrated that more bytes of data now exist than there are stars in the universe. What’s more, that data is growing exponentially, much of it thanks to sensors and devices—and, not surprisingly, the percentage of data that originates with the Internet of Things is only increasing.

Stellar comparisons notwithstanding, the Internet of Things is as real and down-to-earth as it gets. Companies such as KONE are using the Internet of Things at massive scale—in KONE’s case, to help move more than 1 billion people by elevator each day, or the equivalent of the global population each week. How many clients can say that their operations—or the technology that underlies them—can handle this kind of volume?

Traditional IT models require significant investments in hardware, staffing and management software, all of which require planning, design, and procurement efforts. IBM understands this well; for a company that sells billions of dollars of IT network components each year, it comes with the territory. But companies that want to take advantage of the tremendous economic opportunities offered by the Internet of Things—which is expected to grow in value to as much as $11 trillion a year by 2025, according to McKinsey—need a nimble approach to IT, for taking advantage of the Internet of Things requires computing power well beyond the means of many enterprises.

Accordingly, IBM has partnered with VMWare to help enterprises take ever better advantage of the speed and economics offered by the cloud. Indeed, few application of the cloud are more suitable, or practical, than the Internet of Things.

IBM’s leadership in both cloud technology and the Internet of Things is no coincidence. The two topics may not always be discussed together, but they are deeply intertwined. To excel as an IoT-enabled business, your organization must be flexible and scalable in its operations and technology—and IBM offers a complete set of solutions to help you do so, allowing you to transform your business with IoT-, cloud-, and SaaS-enabled software. Learn more about IoT today.