There is also a strong need for companies to attract, develop, and retain the best and brightest talent to meet their needs now and for the next ten years, which will be a key period in the evolution of both ICT and enterprise systems. This is especially true for the Internet of Things (IoT).
What are the skills, knowledge areas, and background necessary for engineers and managers to have a successful career in IoT?
There are wide number of technologies that gain benefit from the IoT or support it. There will be many technologies involved in the deployment and management of IoT including IoT Operational Support Systems (OSS) areas as well as the key areas for IoT Operations such as identity, security, and privacy. These technologies will become increasingly important as IoT evolves to become more main-stream across various industry verticals.
From an overall perspective, IoT is driven by a few key developments including:
- Migration from IPv4 to IPv6
- Significantly lower sensor and wireless modem costs
- Availability of intelligent software to manage IoT networks
- Creation of standards that accelerate adoption and internetwork communications
Some of the strategic challenge areas that Mind Commerce sees in IoT can be solved by an increasingly skilled workforce. A sampling of these areas include the following:
- Smart Internet: Need to have a “Smart Internet” to route packets differently than today’s internet. Some packets are very high priority.
- IoT Platforms: IoT Platforms can be defined as a convergence of software and hardware solutions to interconnect “things” (people, things, objects, spaces, processes, data, etc.) in the real world and the virtual world on the Internet, and make the “things” communicate and interact with each other. There is a need for IoT platforms for a variety of purposes including IoT Mediation.
- IoT Federation: A federated database represents a system in which several databases emerge to function as a single entity. For a robust IoT ecosystem, data should come from multiple sources including telecom, enterprise, and social networks. This creates the need for a point of aggregation and even federation between data storage entities.
- IoT Orchestration and Mediation: Mediation for IoT includes the AAA function, consisting of end-user and/or business driven preferences and identity management. Other important functions include security and privacy control. Mediation for IoT includes the AAA function, consisting of end-user and/or business driven preferences and identity management. Other important functions include security and privacy control. All of these functions, while separate and distinct, may reside physically in the same platform or exist separately and communicate over APIs.
In many cases, engineers and managers need to have more specific skills and knowledge about IoT Technologies such as those associated with IoT Sensing, Addressing, Routing, and Data Storage. However, traditional hard skills within the technology arena are not enough for the digital economy. There is also a need for soft skills.
Traditional Skills are not enough for the Digital Economy
Traditional skills and mindsets, such as thinking only within one’s own department and/or functional area, are not enough to be successful in the new digital economy. There is a need for cooperation among internal enterprise groups as well as coopetition between rival companies. There is also a need for a spirit of entrepreneurial focus internally as if every Fortune 1000 company were a start-up. This can be referred to as an intrapreneurial mindset.
The old, and in many cases quite successful, ways of strategizing, planning, engineering, executing, and operating will no longer suffice in the new digital economy. Things are moving too fast and changes come from too many different directions for old thinking. Data is too voluminous and technology is evolving too fast for business as usual.
A representative sampling of some jobs that IoT may create, facilitate and/or enhance the need for include: Agricultural Technologist, 3-D Printing Engineer, Grid Modernization Engineers, Wearable Tech Designer, Medical Robot Designer, Data Security Expert, Cloud Computing Specialist, E-discovery Investigator, Counter Hackers, and more.
Many companies that do not evolve their mindset will find that their business processes, and therefore their products and/or services, are no longer desired, because they are too expensive, have sub-optimal functionality, solve yesterday’s problems, etc.
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