You’ve likely heard by now that the Internet of Things is the new platform for computing. While many agree with this notion, there are those of us that see the IoT not as a new platform, but rather the fusion of Information Technology and Operations Technology (IT/OT). Whether we are referring to either technology or both technologies, the real benefit is derived when time to value is increased and decision-making quality is improved through utilizing the IoT.
In today’s hyper-connected world, even a humble object like a sensor can acquire superpowers. For instance, a sensor inside an offshore drilling rig checks for damage to a critical valve by regulating pressure in the oil well 7,000 feet below the ocean’s surface.