Unlocking the value of the Internet of Things with cloud

By | 1 minute read | October 18, 2016

In talking with IBM clients who are using the Internet of Things (IoT) to enhance their operations, two themes seem to arise repeatedly: the cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS). Although most companies are leveraging the cloud in some way, businesses are struggling to understand precisely how the cloud and IoT intersect, and the value of combining these two recent technology phenomena.

The Internet of Things is massive, and no technology is better suited than cloud to handle the sheer scale of IoT data. Today there are more bytes of data than there are stars in the known universe. What’s more, that data is growing exponentially, much of it thanks to sensors and devices — and, not surprisingly, the percentage of data that originates with the Internet of Things is only increasing.

garphic comparing data and star numbers to show cloud needMore bytes of data than known stars in the universe

Stellar comparisons notwithstanding, the Internet of Things is as real and down-to-earth as it gets. Every day companies in asset-intensive industries are looking for simpler and more scalable ways to manage the massive amount of data their assets and equipment are producing.

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That’s why we published a new IoT SaaS Buyer’s Guide – Unlocking the Value of the Cloud: The Benefits of Deploying Asset and Facilities Management as SaaS. This new guide demystifies concepts such as:

  • Kinds of infrastructure – public, private and hybrid
  • Difference in pricing models of SaaS and on-premise software
  • Unique business benefits of SaaS such as easy upgradeability, faster time-to-value and better security
  • Hosting and service models designed specifically for asset and facility management solutions.

IBM’s leadership in both cloud technology and the Internet of Things is no coincidence. The two topics may not always be discussed together, but they are deeply intertwined. To excel as an IoT-enabled business, your organization must be flexible and scalable in its operations and technology — and IBM offers a complete set of solutions to help you do so, allowing you to transform your business with IoT-, cloud-, and SaaS-enabled software.

Want to learn more? Read our new buyer’s guide, Unlocking the Value of the Cloud: The Benefits of Deploying Asset and Facilities Management as SaaS.