EMA Releases New Research Report on the Internet of Things (IoT) and Enterprise Networks

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Nearly 90 percent of research participants said that the network team plays a leading role in at least some of their organization’s IoT initiatives

The Internet of Things and Enterprise Networks: Planning, Engineering, and Operational Strategies Research Report

The Internet of Things and Enterprise Networks: Planning, Engineering, and Operational Strategies Research Report

Our goal with this research is to offer some guidance to the network team on how to successfully tackle IoT projects.

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA™), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, has released a new research report titled “The Internet of Things and Enterprise Networks: Planning, Engineering, and Operational Strategies,” based on criteria defined by Shamus McGillicuddy, senior analyst of networking management at EMA.

IoT involves a complex ecosystem of connected devices, applications, analytical tools, and infrastructure, but connectivity is the foundation on which all other IoT elements depend. It often requires a partnership among IT organizations, operational technology organizations, and lines of business.

When planning and implementing an IoT ecosystem, many IT organizations find themselves in unexplored territory, lacking a roadmap for success. With that in mind, EMA conducted research on how network infrastructure teams are supporting IoT. EMA surveyed 100 IT professionals who were (1) directly involved in planning, implementing, and/or operating networks and (2) directly involved in their organization’s IoT initiatives.

This new research:

  • Explores how network infrastructure teams execute IoT projects
  • Identifies the technologies they adopt, the challenges they encounter, and the partnerships they form
  • Examines the benefits of success and the consequences of failure

Ultimately, this new research report serves as a guide for best practices that network infrastructure professionals can adopt when tasked with supporting IoT.

“The network infrastructure team plays a critical role in the planning and execution of enterprise IoT initiatives. But the scale, complexity, and overall novelty of IoT can be daunting for networking professionals who are tackling it for the first time,” said McGillicuddy. “Our goal with this research is to offer some guidance to the network team on how to successfully tackle IoT projects.”

Some key data points from this survey are:

  • Network teams lead IoT projects. Nearly 90 percent of research participants said that the network team plays a leading role in at least some of their organization’s IoT initiatives. The research also showed that the network team is most successful with IoT when it leads all of its organization’s initiatives.
  • The network team relies on critical IoT partners. The network team’s top internal partners on IoT projects are the IT service management group and the security team. Its most critical external partners are network operations software vendors.
  • IoT security breaches have occurred. 52 percent of respondents reported that IoT has created or worsened blind spots in their network monitoring architecture. Among those reporting blind spots, 40 percent have experienced a security breach.

A detailed analysis of the research findings are available in the report, "The Internet of Things and Enterprise Networks: Planning, Engineering, and Operational Strategies."

Key highlights from the research will be revealed in the “The Internet of Things and Enterprise Networks: Planning, Engineering, and Operational Strategies” webinar, taking place Wednesday, May 3.

About Enterprise Management Associates (EMA)
Founded in 1996, EMA is a leading industry analyst firm that provides deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices, and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help its clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis, and consulting services for enterprise line of business users, IT professionals, and IT vendors at http://www.enterprisemanagement.com or blogs.enterprisemanagement.com.

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