A new IDC report has indicated that a vast majority of IT decision makers have already deployed internet of things (IoT) solutions or are planning to do so within the next 12 months.
According to IDC’s 2015 Global IoT Decision Maker Survey, 73% of respondents confirmed that IoT solutions are already in place at their company, or would be within the next year.
“IoT momentum continues to grow and our survey shows that it is seen as strategic to the enterprise,” said Vernon Turner, senior vice president and research fellow, Internet of Things, IDC.
More than half of respondents in the retail and manufacturing industries had a high awareness of IoT. 58% of respondents consider the IoT a strategic initiative, while 24% deemed it ‘transformative’.
72% of respondents from the healthcare industry identified the IoT as strategic, as did 67% respondents from the transportation industry and 66% from the manufacturing industry.
“IDC’s 2015 survey shows the regional differences in terms of awareness, adoption, and plans for implementation,” added Carrie MacGillivray, vice president, IoT and Mobile, IDC. “With nearly 2,500 survey respondents from 15 countries, including the United States, Brazil, China, India, and Germany, we are able to provide quantifiable evidence that the internet of things is a not just a concept, but a real global accelerator of the 3rd Platform.”
Other findings from the report included the fact that security remains a challenge in the IoT space, and upfront and ongoing costs were also identified as challenges.
The report, which surveyed more than 2,300 people, also found that hardware vendors have lost ground in the space in 2015, with software vendors overtaking equipment vendors.
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