The fifth in a series of blogs taking a closer look at Zebra's 2014 global study, commissioned by Forrester Consulting, on IoT implementation in the enterprise. The series will culminate in a Twitter chat discussing the Internet of Things.
Business leaders in North America are well versed on how the Internet of Things (IoT) can benefit their business procedures and data collection processes. This concept of connecting machines to the Internet is nothing new for many IT managers and CIOs.
In 2014, Zebra commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a study on IoT. The results showed the massive adoption of IoT in North America. Greater than 95 percent of North American respondents agreed that IoT is the technology initiative of the decade, demonstrating that IT leaders believe connected devices are shaping the way businesses run.
In fact, nearly 60 percent of respondents in North America currently have IoT implementations, with another 29 percent planning to deploy them within the next year. Most of these leaders expect IoT to provide operational and actionable data on location and condition of their assets, which will empower process and cost optimization, enhance relationships and mitigate risk while enabling new functionality, expanding portfolios and promoting collaboration. The majority of current and near-term solutions pertain to supply chain/inventory optimization and asset visibility
The number one benefit North American IT leaders see IoT having for their businesses is cost efficiencies. These leaders recognize the importance of having clear visibility into their assets and they see IoT as being the best vehicle to ensure cost optimization.
Download the Forrester study Zebra commissioned here.