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Explained: 5 Major Roadblocks in IoT Implementation

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a disruptive force across the world. Whether it’s healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, automotive, or any other industry, business leaders have embraced IoT with open arms.

The IoT industry market size reached the $400 billion mark in 2021 and is expected to touch $1500 billion in 2025. Thus, if a business doesn’t jump on the IoT bandwagon, it surely risks falling behind or becoming obsolete.

Considering the benefits IoT devices offer, there’s no doubt that the adoption of IoT will increase. However, the journey consists of major roadblocks that all IoT stakeholders need to consider. Thanks to these barriers, it’s been studied that 75% of the IoT projects fail.

Thus, if you’re an organization thinking about implementing IoT solutions, it becomes imperative to look at the roadblocks to avoid them and pave the way for a smooth transition. Let’s get started!

1. Lack of Technical Expertise / Infrastructure

As per the research done by Microsoft in 2019, 38% of companies cite a lack of technical expertise as the biggest challenge when it comes to IoT. The report discovered that businesses lacking the right technical expertise and resources have a higher failure rate in the proof of concept phase. They had a 30% failure rate compared to 25% for companies with an adequately skilled team.

This doesn’t come as a surprise as IoT is a complex technology that requires the right expertise while ensuring safety and meeting technical challenges. Unfortunately, the IoT industry is suffering from a shortage of skills, and companies are feeling the need for IoT specialists.

2. Security Concerns

IoT devices are high in value because they replace human efforts to perform various functions. For example, many hospitals are now using IoT devices to perform operating procedures more precisely.

However, many refrain from adopting IoT due to these devices’ security concerns. This fear is not completely illegitimate. There have been many incidents where cyber perpetrators could hack these devices, including smart TVs, cameras, smart homes, fax machines, etc. The organizations are also concerned regarding the data being transmitted from one device to another.

Following are major security concerns when it comes to the internet of things (IoT):

  • Outdated software
  • Lack of strong encryption
  • Weak passwords
  • Vulnerable interfaces
  • Malware attacks

The first half of 2021 alone witnessed 1.51 billion attacks against IoT devices. The most prominent of them took place when hackers gained access to the live feeds of 150,000 surveillance cameras in hospitals, jails and even in the Tesla company!

Today, many IoT devices are used in highly critical environments and could put lives at risk if the security is compromised. Many business owners are wary of such threats coming with IoT devices and opt against using them.

That’s why we need stringent industry standards to ensure that IoT developers and manufacturers follow best practices such as access control, authentication, and encryption.

3. Organizational Structure

Like any other technology, your organization needs to undergo a transition period to adopt IoT devices. Not just from a technological standpoint, but your processes, culture, and management have to align to integrate IoT fully.

Unfortunately, many organizations aren’t prepared to undergo this cultural shift. Many times, many departments view this technology as different from one another. This disrupts the uniformity with which IoT devices should be integrated.

To overcome such a period of resistance, you should implement IoT in phases. It should begin with creating a clear vision of IoT implementation and its impact on various departments. You should have discussions and training workshops with concerned employees to ensure all remain on the same page. Plus, create documentation to ensure a smooth flow even if the personnel change.

Roadblocks in IoT Implementation

4. Lack of IoT Vision & Objectives

Your IoT plans are bound to fail if you’re unclear about their objectives. For example, many companies use these devices to collect data but have no idea what to do with such a huge pile of data. Many companies adopt IoT because their competitors are doing it and end up overwhelmed with the effort they have to put in.

Another common sight that’s seen in manufacturing companies is that the top management initiates to digitally transform their companies in industry-wide events without understanding the problems faced by site engineers or technicians. The middle management is also clueless about these problems and it all turns into a huge mess as nobody knows what and why they’re doing.

If you’re thinking about implementing IoT in your business, you must have a clear set of objectives derived after talking to all employee levels, especially frontline workers. The goals should also have a clear roadmap to integrate, scale, and expand IoT into your processes. If you’re unsure, you should do it on a pilot basis and assess whether your objectives are met or not.

5. Underestimation of Complexity

As an IoT development company, we have observed many businesses underestimating the complexity of IoT devices.

Business owners only consider it as “set it and forget it” technology but fail to realize that it will involve various consulting, administrative, support, and maintenance efforts along the way. This increases the costs that business leaders often overlook.

Companies also tend to underrate the learning curve coming with IoT projects, apart from the additional costs. Companies initially tend to invest heavily in IoT projects and then realize they don’t have the skill or resources to go further. This is a recipe for disaster as many abandon their plans.

If you don’t want to be one of these companies, you must gain an in-depth understanding of IoT implementation. You could get it from technology consultants and IoT development companies. You should decide to move forward only after understanding the intricacies.

IoT adoption in a company is a glorious opportunity and a challenging proposition simultaneously. If you want to reap the rewards by being an early adopter, you should be impatiently patient and patiently impatient. In simpler words, you should do all the necessary steps before going in with your IoT project.

Wrapping up

As we saw previously, not having the right technical expertise is a major reason why some businesses end up being “IoT graveyards.” That’s why we suggest hiring reliable IoT development companies who could help you from setting up goals to maintaining your IoT devices.

If you’re a CTO or a CEO, you should remember that IoT is still a young technology and it’s undergoing a period of adoption and standardization. Thus, your expectations and preparations both have to match to go through a successful digital transformation.

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