The internet of things (IoT) is heralded as a foundational technology for breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, robotics and other potentially broadly applicable advances. But for frontline decision makers – the executives charged with implementing IoT in their company – it can sometimes feel impossible to separate facts from hype. It can be even more daunting to discern the practical steps required to get started with IoT in their business.
Across Asia Pacific, companies are already seeing the benefits of IoT, according to a new report, “The Internet of Things: From Theory to Reality – How Companies Are Leveraging IoT to Move Their Businesses Forward,” conducted by Forbes Insights.
Sponsored by Hitachi Vantara, the report unveils that 76% are operating IoT programs that generate revenue while 60% agree that IoT programs are generating data that is very useful to their business. As a result, 88% expect to see increases in their IoT budgets over the coming fiscal year.
“Across the Asia Pacific region, it is clear that executives see the value in IoT initiatives,” said Bruce Rogers, chief insights officer at Forbes Media. “With 70% stating that they see IoT as either important or very important to their business, it is fast becoming a competitive differentiator that will affect almost every industry.”
The report also reveals that 70% of companies in the region believe IoT is important or very important to their current business, and 87% believe IoT will be important to the future of their business. Of all emerging technologies, executives in Asia Pacific believe IoT, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics will be the most important.
The study shows that 72% of respondents say their company has significant or pilot IoT programs in operation, and 11% say that IoT programs are already a major contributor to their business.
When building out IoT capabilities, companies say their greatest challenges are:
- Keeping IoT secure (31%)
- Cross-department cooperation (31%)
- Availability of skilled staff (31%)
- Inability to present a compelling return on investment (30%)
- Integration of disparate data (28%)
Best practices to implementing IoT-based solutions
By examining companies with IoT initiatives that are meeting or exceeding expectations, the report has identified a few practices they follow to ensure success:
- IoT efforts are typically championed by the CTO (40%) and CIO (32%)
- 42% include external vendors on their IoT planning team
- 82% use a third-party platform as the basis for their IoT operations
“The findings of Forbes Insights’ survey clearly demonstrate the impact that IoT is already having on businesses across the APAC region. We are encouraged to see that a majority of businesses already view IoT as key to their future success,” said Daniel Chong, senior vice president of Asia Pacific at Hitachi Vantara (pictured below). “What business organizations around the world share in common is the need to secure top-down support for their IoT initiatives at the outset and find a trusted innovation partner that helps them achieve their desired business outcomes.”