Internet of Things, where does it lead?


Internet of Things, where does it lead?

We can predict the future of Business Intelligence pretty good. Gartner Inc. expects more than 26 billion devices will be online in 2020. As comparison; the global population will reach 7,9 billion people as expected by the growth of the last decades. An incredible amount of stuff that will create an even more amazing amount of data. Where does that lead?

In short this will lead to an analysis of all the data created by that gigantic amount of devices. We want to get answers to all the questions we have. We are trying to figure out where the end of space is for 80 years now, but we do not even know how many things we can explore on earth. Who would have thought that our house would know at what time the central heating would have to turn on? Google’s Nest makes it come true now. In a few years time, your house knows where you are. Maybe diner is served when the family comes home.

Intelligence everywhere.
Some 20 years ago, people already spoke about things like Nest, not knowing that something like that would ever exist. The term ‘ubiquitous computing’ was conceived. That term was the precursor of the more recent term ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT). It is all about the idea that all our stuff contains a sensor and can become a computer that way. It returns at every location and in all forms.

We see a thing like IoT in home automation, but now we can also connect our home to our mobile phone. When I am not at home, that means my central heating is off. So now we can connect things and with that bring an enormous change in our energy usage.

That these developments will make a huge difference is clear, but how can you use it?
Smart solutions can mean a lot for your organization. They can make work much easier. Suppose you have a team of salesmen and mechanics driving around all day. You can follow them by the signal their phone submits and see them drive on a map. If they are close to one of the customers that have or had an issue, they can easily drop by and see if they need to do something. Much better than a phone call if the problem is solved.

If we look at Business Intelligence, we can also see more and more people asking to not alone show them data from Microsoft Dynamics AX or NAV, but also transfer other ‘data-producing’ devices to the Data Warehouse. Cash register systems, location data of workers, machine data, and much more. We want to see all the information those sources provide in one simple dashboard. The Swiss University of St. Galles made a nice movie to give a little peak of where we are going. At Hillstar we will keep on innovate to make shure your wishes will come true. Frank Birkitt wrote about how you can get the IoT transferred into your own business strategy. Do you want to know what we can do? Just get in touch with us.