Most organizational leaders understand that Internet of Things (IoT) technologies — and the digital transformation that can stem from the insights they provide — are rapidly becoming essential to driving an evolution in the workplace that creates value and improves the work environment for employees. But many leaders still don’t know what that will look like for their own organizations.
This gap shows up in survey data, as well as in my day-to-day interactions with organizational leaders. In one sector recently surveyed by CDW, 83 percent of respondents said that IoT would be part of their core operations within five years, but half of those surveyed said they have no plan in place to address this emerging technology.
To help fill this gap, CDW created IoT Envisioning Workshops. These complimentary assessments present an opportunity for business architects to collaborate with organizations to create a plan for using IoT solutions to improve efficiency, gain insight into operations and differentiate organizations from their competitors.
Who Needs an IoT Assessment?
IoT Envisioning Workshops are for organizational leaders who don’t yet have a plan to address IoT and digital transformation, but who know they need one.
While IoT is undoubtedly on its way to becoming indispensable, it’s still an emerging category. To put it another way, IoT and digital transformation are today where the cloud was five years ago: Everyone has heard of the technology, and knows it is poised to help them, but many people are not sure how to implement it.
Therefore, the organizations that will get the most out of an IoT assessment are those that want to be on the leading edge and take their operations to the next level. These engagements aren’t for daydreaming; they’re for taking action.
What Can You Learn?
CDW’s business architects have deep knowledge about IoT technologies and how they can bring value to specific industries. But the greatest value of an IoT workshop comes through collaboration with an organization’s IT professionals and line-of-business stakeholders. Through these conversations, our experts can help customers identify and prioritize specific solutions that can be aligned with an organization’s existing IT infrastructure to solve business challenges.
With emerging technologies, organizational leaders are sometimes tempted to make a quick splash with flashy investments. However, we strongly discourage organizations from buying technology for its own sake. Rather, we work hard to understand what outcomes an organization is looking to achieve, and then help design and implement solutions that will meet these goals.
What Does the Process Look Like?
Before coming in for the full workshop, CDW holds an introductory call with organizational leaders to discuss their expectations and explain our methodology. Typically, the IoT Envisioning Workshops are attended by line-of-business leaders and executives.
After discussing the enterprise’s business goals, CDW’s business architects present different IoT technologies that other organizations in the industry are evaluating or already using. Then, both sides discuss how these use cases might fit with the organization’s specific challenges and get creative with other potential solutions. We take all of these ideas back to our team of experienced solution architects to orchestrate a comprehensive plan that incorporates multiple technology stacks.
The end result is not a one-time brainstorming session, but rather a roadmap that will guide an enterprise’s IoT efforts over the long term, along with an action plan of how to get started today.