Up until now, basic device management of IoT devices has proven to suffice. The question is – moving forward as IoT device deployment accelerates, will basic device management be enough? By definition, device management refers to all of the tools, capabilities and processes necessary to support IoT solutions effectively at scale. The processes include the ability to quickly and securely onboard new devices, automatically identify devices and detect device issues. The article below is the first in a series that suggests that we need new and better “contextually-based” device management solutions.
Effective IoT device management is a foundational element for any successful IoT solution. All the major cloud providers include it in their IoT platform offerings. Whether it’s Google with IoT Core, Microsoft with Azure IoT Hub, or Amazon with AWS IoT, their device management offerings enable IoT solutions providers quickly and securely to provision, authenticate, configure, control, monitor, and maintain the IoT devices used in their solutions.
If that string of words didn’t hold a lot of meaning for you, don’t worry. In this post, I explain what IoT device management is and why it’s important. But that’s only part of the purpose of this new series.
The main purpose of these posts is to illustrate the need for a new kind of device management as business leaders like you build, buy, and/or implement IoT solutions with up to thousands or millions of IoT devices.