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Four Mistakes You Must Make for IoT Projects to Succeed
The complexity of the Internet of Things is making many IT managers uncertain about how to develop an enterprise IoT strategy. IT managers are facing a computing world turned upside down, due to the decentralization of information inputs and control.
May 14, 2017—
Introducing a new connected network of sensors and devices to enhance the customer experience and automate business processes is challenging standard project-management practices.
Here are some traditional management mistakes that might actually be best practices for IoT projects.
Typically, management buy-in from the outset of a new project is highly recommended. However, Since IoT technology is still new to most executive thought processes, a small IoT monetization proof-of-concept project may be necessary to demonstrate the potential. Until the benefits of the IoT are well understood, it might be more prudent to have only a few collaborators involved instead of trying educate, evangelize and integrate the input from several high-level managers.
Mistake #2: Using Existing Systems to Launch Disruptive Technologies.
Mistake #3: Beginning a Project Without a Complete Plan.
Mistake #4: Relying on Internal Resources for New Technologies.
The IoT offers the chance for enterprises to deliver new applications that improve product delivery and customer service, and increase sales opportunities. But these new applications will also bring new challenges and expectations. Some of the best project-management strategies for IoT monetization might be considered mistakes under normal circumstances, but new innovations like the Internet of Things require creative project-management strategies to help realize the full opportunity with an acceptable level of risk.
Glenn Johnson is the senior VP of Magic Software Enterprises Americas. He has presented his views on the Internet of Things at dozens of industry meetings and conferences, and his interviews about software industry issues have been aired on NBC's Today Show, as well as E! News and Discovery.
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