The Internet of Things (IoT):
Building and Integrating Connected Systems

by Gerhard Bayer


The Internet of Things (IoT) is evolving into a collection of physical objects that communicate over standard Internet protocols. As a result, much of the physical world is becoming an intelligent information system. It will transcend every area of our lives: from consumer devices like smart home control systems and wearables to retail and industrial systems. Analysts predict that the total “Value at Stake” (i.e. economic impact) of the IoT will grow to $15 - $20 Trillion within the next few years – equivalent to the size of the entire US economy. This allows enterprises to close the intelligence gap in their product lifecycle when products are in the hands of consumers (e.g. connected cars); municipalities can build smart cities managed through real-time dashboards; farming can reach a new level of productivity; retailers know when a customer approaches an isle and flash personalized promotions; the manufacturing floor can be integrated with the supply chain; remote and predictive maintenance increases availability and reduces cost; the extraction industry moves toward highly automated operations. The applicability of the IoT is endless, and the impact on competitiveness is too significant for any company to afford ignoring it – if you don’t get on board, you will be left behind. How can the IoT become an integral part of Enterprise IT? An integrated IoT Enterprise needs to amalgamate all major areas of the IT landscape: physical objects are connected to a Cloud, providing the scalability that is required to manage Millions of devices; the generated data volume may necessitate a Big Data approach way beyond today’s scale, and advanced analytics capabilities to turn data into actionable information; the physical world needs to integrate with enterprise applications like CRM and ERP; the vastly extended IT ecosystem creates security issues on an unprecedented scale; in many cases the user interaction is implemented on a smart phone or tablet to support employees in the field. Defining and executing this vision of the integrated IoT Enterprise is key to realizing the Value at Stake.

What you will learn

  • Understand the essential components of the IoT
  • See which industries exploit the IoT today and what applications are emerging
  • Learn about the typical solution architectures
  • Understand the complete technology stack that makes up an advanced IoT ecosystem
  • Learn why integration is critical to turn IoT into an enabling technology for new business initiatives
  • Understand which existing and emerging standards can be employed
  • See what the strategies of major vendors are and how their tools stack up
  • Understand the new security risks and what can be done to mitigate them

Main Topics

  • Economic impact of the IoT across industries and industry examples
  • Components of an IoT architecture
  • Commercial IoT platforms - do we need brand new systems?
  • Fog Computing - the need for speed
  • The IoT Cloud - key for scaling to millions of connected things
  • War of the protocol stacks
  • The Web of Services vs. the Web of Things
  • Standards bodies and alliances
  • Analytics - how is it different with IoT?
  • Integrating connected objects with mobile, cloud, and on-premise applications Security - no longer an inconvenience, but potentially catastrophic
  • Automatic discovery and remote management of edge devices
  • Case studies
  • Step by step guide to building an Enterprise IoT solution