What Your Business Needs to Know About IoT in 2017

On January 26, Worthwhile’s Robert Neely and Micah Brandenburg spoke to the Upstate Women in IT group about the Internet of Things (IoT). We wanted to share the slide deck from this discussion so you could join in the learning opportunity.

You can view the PDF from our presentation on Slideshare. Here are some highlights.


In addition, here are some of the articles that kept us thinking and learning during preparation for this presentation.

Tech Target on the possibilities of the Industrial Internet of Things

The driving philosophy behind the IIoT is that smart machines are better than humans at accurately, consistently capturing and communicating data. This data can enable companies to pick up on inefficiencies and problems sooner, saving time and money and supporting business intelligence efforts. In manufacturing specifically, IIoT holds great potential for quality control, sustainable and green practices, supply chain traceability and overall supply chain efficiency.

Engadget on the smart hairbrush

Wired on how the Internet of Things may die (at least without the presentation of value)

The Internet of Things—or whatever you want to call it—has the potential to save precious resources, spot and fight pollution, and help people lead healthier, safer lives. But adding internet remote control to every single product on the market won’t necessarily help us get there. What we need are thoughtful, affordable, durable devices that actually, y’know, make our lives better. —Klint Finley 

The Ringer on a wearable for better sleep and anxiety suppression

CSO on security risks of the Internet of Things

Ad Age on the possibilities and dangers of Amazon’s Alexa

Wired on how the Internet of Things has gotten out of hand

The Internet of Things has gotten out of hand. Alongside devices where ‘smart’ makes sense, like security cameras, are items that have no defensible reason to be on the internet, such as refrigerators, ovens, and washing machines. —Brian Barrett

Gigaom on the API ecosystem of the Internet of Things

IoT hardware is not the end game: The profits, margins, and innovations will come from products and services built on open, flexible APIs.

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