The Internet of Things (IoT) | Internet Business Technology

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The internet of things (IoT) and internet business technology is poised to have a big impact on IT — and not just in terms of the scope of connected things IT must create, analyse, manage and secure. The IoT will shake up the IT jobs landscape, creating new demand for certain technology skills and hybrid job roles.

Many companies are beginning to plan their IoT strategies and some have already begun to deploy sensors, analytics software, network components, and other tools to support their efforts. these strategies  have become realities, they are now or will soon be looking to bring on skill sets to support IoT projects.

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Experts predict that the role of “chief IoT officer” will begin to emerge at organizations, although not a lot of companies appear to be creating this position as of yet.

“Necessary Skill for These Executives”

To be successful, a chief executive of IoT needs to have four key skills. One is knowledge of the internal IT architecture that supports all the connecting things. That includes having a good grasp of security and governance. Another is an understanding of customer relationship management (CRM) and the sales/marketing operation, and what data is needed to support these areas.

A third necessary skill for these executives will be in the area of product development, including research and development. And finally, chief IoT officers will need to have enterprise-wide project management skills. They must be able to oversee digital transformation efforts throughout all divisions of the organization, McCabe says.

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The large and growing need for people with all kinds of cybersecurity skills has been well documented, and the growth of IoT initiatives will only add to the demand for these professionals. Many companies with IoT plans are currently understaffed in cybersecurity roles. Organizations will need be able to secure the devices and other things that will be connected, the networks providing the connections, the internal systems being used to support IoT, and the data that’s being gathered, shared and stored.

Hardware and software development

With the growth of IoT, there will be a need for both software and hardware developers. But software developers will need to have some hardware skills and hardware developers will need to possess software skills. Software developers won’t be designing the next revision of a product’s printed circuit board (PCB), but it will be useful to be able to build out a circuit for prototyping.

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Networking

IoT involves a number of different networking elements, and companies will need to have people onboard who understand how the existing networking infrastructure might need to be tweaked to support IoT.

Networking issues include support for IoT applications that require high data transfer rates and low latency, and those that need low power consumption but wide-area coverage. Companies also need expertise in long-range IoT connectivity technologies such as 5G, LTE-NB, and LTE-M; and short-range connectivity including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ZigBee.

Networking professionals will need to have a working knowledge of many of the IoT standards that are currently in development worldwide.

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