Will the IoT Crush IT?

Big data may force companies to merge

14 March 2014

As the Internet of Things becomes a reality, the enormous amount of data collected from billions of devices could overwhelm information technology companies. In a blog post on Wired.com, Mahesh Kumar, the chief marketing officer at the data services company BDNA, in Mountain View, Calif., notes that many IT organizations already have trouble organizing and analyzing existing data. Rather than worry about the number of things to be connected, Kumar warns that the concern should be about the amount and complexity of data those devices will produce.

“IT decision-support systems that are stretched to their limits today may come crashing down as the future arrives,” he says. One solution he proposes is that IT companies form partnerships to share resources and knowledge.

What should IT companies be doing to keep up with the expected avalanche of data?

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