WE'RE NOW INTO the final day of our latest INQ debate, and it seems that readers are undecided as to whether the Internet of Things (IoT) is an existential threat for businesses yet to adopt it.
The week didn't start off that way, though. Roland Moore-Colyer, who argues that businesses need to implement the IoT now or face extinction, claimed over 60 per cent of votes towards the beginning of the week.
But it appears that readers are starting to be persuaded by John Leonard's argument that the IoT is just marketing hype and companies needn't be suckers and rush to implement it.
John's rebuttal must have done the trick. "'Ignore the IoT and go the way of the dodo,' says Roland, who obviously wants you to go out and spend your hard earned on a load of sensors," he said on Thursday.
"No-one’s suggesting you ignore it. How could you? It’s far too big to ignore. And that’s part of the problem. It’s not really a thing, more a bunch of technologies collected under a convenient umbrella.
"Many of these technologies will be in use already in your organisation. Sure, make better use of them, but please don’t start sticking sensors on your dog just because you can. The problem should invite the solution, not the other way around."
Roland hit back on Thursday, proclaiming: "It's about more than sticking sensors on things. It's about how you use the data you collect from those sensors. Lots of companies use big data. You, my dear viewers and readers, are absorbing data from my words right now.
"Data is the key to all of the future innovations in tech. And the IoT is the engine that will produce all that data, leaving it ripe to be converted into juicy information."
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