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IoT Ranks Second To Cloud In Aust. Digital Transformation

IDC says a recent survey of 200 Australian organisations on their views about the Internet of Things (IoT) has shown IoT to now be second only to cloud in its contribution to Australian outfits’ digital transformation strategies

“More than 72 percent of the organisations feel that IoT is ‘very important’ or ‘extremely important’ – especially to drive the strategic agenda of the company, for instance, with respect to improving productivity or reducing costs,” IDC said.

However IDC found a lack of relevant skills still inhibiting the deployment of IoT solutions.

It says survey results “show that the market is pivoting away from proof-of-concept projects to scalable IoT deployments that are incorporating cloud, analytics, and security capabilities.”

Some other findings among the Australian results in this international survey include:

• Around 38 percent of Aussie organisations had launched IoT solutions, with an additional 46 percent looking to deploy in the next 12 months;

• Around 60 percent see IoT as strategic to their business as a means to compete more effectively; and

• More than 72 percent feel that IoT is “very important” or “extremely important” – specially to drive the strategic agenda of the company – for instance, in improving productivity or reducing costs.

Hugh Ujhazy, associate vice president of IoT and telecoms for IDC Asia Pacific and Japan, noted a continuing tussle between CIOs and line of business executives (LOBs) over IoT. “IT departments remain significant contributors but the business outcomes are overwhelming the technology choices,” he commented

Added Sabhari Balasubramanian, mobility and IoT research manager: “This year we see confirmation that vendors who lead with an integrated cloud and analytics solution are the ones who will be considered as critical partners in an organisation’s IoT investment.

“We also note that network and traditional IT hardware vendors are slipping down the charts, as analytics and device/component manufacturers makes strides in customers’ minds.”

IDC’s Australasian findings were part of this year’s Global IoT Decision Maker Survey, conducted in July and August. It included responses from more than 4500 respondents worldwide in more than 25 countries. – Stuart Corner and David Frith

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