The Internet of Things promises unprecedented connectivity among people, machines, and things—which comes as no surprise considering today’s technological landscape. However, to take advantage of this opportunity and to thrive in the IoT world, enterprises must plan and prepare for the challenges that accompany this vast opportunity, well before they arise.
In my previous blog, I’ve shared eight imperative questions that enterprises must ask themselves before building their IoT ecosystems. And here, I elaborate on one of those questions – are you prepared and able to scale globally?
Your IoT ecosystem will continually grow—creating more things, more sensors, more gateways, more operator connections and contracts, and more IoT applications to manage, which will in turn increase the complexity of operator connections and contracts. How can you minimize the impact of such complexity? Are you able to scale your IoT solution, to be able to deal with hundreds, thousands or even millions of devices if need be, while keeping control of costs?
Addressing scalability issues early on ensures that as your IoT deployment expands, all IoT devices and their SIMs will automatically and reliably connect to the best mobile network, based on location, usage, subscription, and roaming agreements. Connected things will easily select and switch between networks to ensure the best connectivity and roaming profile. Operator changes, such as new ownership, tariff plans, coverage, feature sets, and network technology, will never impact IoT connectivity. Provisioning and managing SIM cards is easy and reliable, operations stay flexible without compromising security and usage needs and changing demands will not cause huge price increases.
Investing in short-term solutions that do not scale has prevented enterprises from meeting their future business needs. For these organizations, lack of scalability has caused significant disappointment and caused them to fall behind their competition.
The benefit is in staying ahead of the curve and addressing these questions at the onset. I will provide additional insights into the 8 must-ask IoT connectivity questions in my subsequent blogs. Meanwhile, for a deeper dive, I invite you to read the SAP Digital Interconnect whitepaper “Best Practices for Bridging the Physical and Digital Worlds of the Internet of Things.”