Digital transformation and IoT integration seem to be at the top of most organizations' priority lists, but preparing for a successful implementation can be challenging. Every company has its own operational needs and budgetary constraints, making a one-size-fits-all approach a potentially costly liability. Instead of looking for catch-all IT management solutions, organizations should focus on creating deployment plans that detail each stage of the project's life cycle, from early adoption to ongoing support. Considering roughly 75% of IoT projects fail, according to a survey from Cisco, having a clear vision and comprehensive roadmap is essential to future-proofing business-critical technologies and applications.
Creating an IoT deployment roadmap
The first step to creating a detailed IoT roadmap is to understand the common pitfalls that cause other businesses' implementation projects to stall out or fail. According to the aforementioned Cisco study, the five primary challenges that derail IoT initiatives include:
Almost all of these issues stem from the planning phase, illustrating just how important it is to nail down the details before rolling out a new fleet of sensors or integrating cloud-based asset management platforms into existing workflows. IT leaders should first determine their budgetary needs, level of internal expertise and the time it will take to install, configure and launch IoT devices. This will provide a valuable baseline that can help benchmark the success of new deployments and identify inefficiencies that could impact project timelines. Depending on the size of the deployment, IT professionals may need to create a new set of policies and controls that are specific to IoT devices.
"A lot of these deployments are early, small and often under the radar of central IT," said Paul Miller, senior analyst at Forrester Research, in an interview with ZDNet. "As they become more mission critical, there will be a very real need to ensure that they do comply with things like data policies, privacy policies and security policies."
Beyond evaluating an organization's current computing and data storage policies, IT administrators must also understand how IoT technologies will be used in real-world contexts. This insight can ensure the deployment is focused on delivering specific capabilities and functionality to end users, rather than a patchwork of unrelated features.
Preparing for an IoT launch
Although every IoT deployment is different, integrating new technologies will always cause some degree of disruption. For example, installing a fleet of IoT sensors in a manufacturing plant may require production to be completely shut down for hours, even days. For knowledge workers, rolling out new platforms can lead to unplanned downtime and dropped productivity, especially if end users have no prior experience with the application. Planning for these oversights is crucial for developing a proactive IoT implementation roadmap and making adjustments to the delivery schedule on the fly.
In a recent Forbes Technology Council post, several industry experts shared their tips and strategies for streamlining the launch of IoT technologies. While these recommendations may not be relevant in every scenario, incorporating professional insights into the planning phase may help keep the project on time and under budget.
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