During yesterday’s drive home and this morning’s drive into work I considered the latest Hype-cycle meme “IoT”, the Internet of Things. That magical connection of every device to… While we’ve had IoT in many forms prior consider X10 which many a RadioShack customer “wired” their house with, then PowerBus, etc. Then as microcomputers truly became ubiquitous, home started getting wired for TCP/IP and later WiFi. Now the amount of Wifi Hotspots around businesses and homes is staggering. At an apartment a few years ago I was amazed to find no less than twenty-three private networks within range, no doubt all connecting various devices beyond a PC and providing services such as video and audio media.
Now as the term “IoT” comes into play I wonder if this and the “app” crazy has created the ecosystem that is the digital equivalent of what we all complain about airlines and hotels these days? a la carte pricing and thereby cause the consumer and business to be the systems integrator. The question become does “IoT”, “App Stores” and consumption economics become the perfect storm to devalue Information Technology and the complexity involved in integration.
I as this questions as more business executives question the value of enterprise and other technology architectures while in the same breath can’t understand why the pieces don’t fit together easily in just a flew clicks. I wonder if that CxO’s car stops dead in the desert out of range of a cell tower will her or she be lost forever, given the likely inability to fix the technology they’ve asked for and become dependent upon. About to decades ago and reprised the thought a few years ago, that one day businesses are likely to fail due to technology failure. As this decade reaches the halfway point, I see that risk increasing beyond the obvious threat of hackers.