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What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Internet of Things definition: The vast network of devices connected to
the Internet, including smart phones and tablets and almost anything with a sensor on it – cars, machines in production plants, jet engines, oil drills, wearable devices, and more. These “things” collect and exchange data.
 
IoT – and the machine-to-machine (M2M) technology behind it – are bringing a kind of “super visibility” to nearly every industry. Imagine utilities and telcos that can predict and prevent service outages, airlines that can remotely monitor and optimize plane performance, and healthcare organizations that can base treatment on real-time genome analysis. The business possibilities are endless.  
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The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

The IIoT, or the Industrial Internet, is driving unprecedented insights and efficiencies in the manufacturing industry. Machine learning, M2M communication, sensor data, and automation technologies work together to create autonomous smart machines and connected factories.

What is the Internet of Everything (IoE)?

The Internet of Everything adds intelligent connections between things and devices, people, processes, and data. IoE systems make sensor data more meaningful and have a secure, usable infrastructure that lets actionable information be shared across the business ecosystem.
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Six things you need to know when building an IoT strategy

Along with unique new opportunities come new challenges. Here are some of the essential capabilities you’ll need to meet them head on – and to maximize the possibilities the IoT presents.
IoT Security
As companies collect data beyond traditional IT boundaries, IoT security measures will be critical. Some key considerations include being able to secure and monitor devices, encrypt sensitive data, and build risk mitigation into systems.
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Streaming Data
IoT applications accumulate more data than traditional batch processing can manage. Having capabilities for streaming data continually is key to reliably feeding real-time business processes and extracting timely insights.
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IoT Platform
An IoT platform makes it possible to develop, deploy, and manage IoT and M2M applications. Automate processes and network connections, store and manage sensor data, connect and control your devices, and analyze your data.
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IoT Applications
“Next generation” IoT applications must be able to capture, collect, interpret, and act on vast amounts of information – detecting connectivity gaps, handling interruptions, and meeting specific business and industry requirements.
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IoT Cloud
IoT cloud solutions provide affordable access to high-speed data networks – to significantly extend the reach and usability of your IoT applications. They can also offer data storage, processing, analysis, and remote device management.
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IoT Data
IoT data management technologies ensure that you can collect the right data at the right time, even when connectivity is interrupted. Rely on in-memory systems to process massive data volumes generated by thousands of devices.
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Managing IoT: The CIO’s greatest feat

The Internet of Things can deliver unprecedented process efficiency – and save a large organization hundreds of millions of dollars a year. So who should lead the development of IoT and M2M technology within your organization? Likely the CIO. Here’s why.  

Making (human) sense of sensors

All change begins with the ability to measure. With increasingly sophisticated sensors – soon to number in the trillions – we’ll be able to expand perception and measurement far beyond our natural human senses. But how much new sensor data do we need?

Creating business value from IoT data

The Internet of Things isn’t just about insight. It’s about actions and outcomes – both of which need business context to be effective. That’s why we built SAP S/4HANA. Learn how this in-memory ERP suite bridges the gap between business processes and IoT insights.

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IoT: A tale of four industries

In this IDC whitepaper, learn how IoT is transforming four industries – becoming the Internet of Everything (IoE) in healthcare and revolutionizing consumer products, discrete manufacturing, and retail.

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Finding Value in IoT Data

81% of business executives believe that successful adoption of industrial IoT is critical to their company’s future success, but only 25% have a clear IIoT strategy. Here’s how we can help you connect the dots.

Connecting All Things Unconnected

Connecting products, assets, and the supply chain can help businesses run live. Explore this theme in more detail across four key industries: retail, consumer products, discrete manufacturing, and healthcare.

Connected Car Data Worth $1.5 Trillion

We spend a lot of time in our cars, and connected cars will generate enormous volumes of data. Who owns this data? Who gets to analyze it? How can it be monetized? Experts weigh in.

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