The Internet of Things (IoT) and what it really means to modernization in government has change agents a flutter with theories and suppositions. According to a recent post “IoT: The Internet of Things” featured on Reality Check, “the Internet of Things is changing the world; as sensors are embedded into an increasing number of devices…”
Things are getting “chatty” in the web-o-sphere and according to Gartner Group, 4.9 billion devices will be in use this year and by 2020 there will be 25 billion devices connected via the internet.
What does the Internet of Things mean to integration technology?
As we become more and more connected, government IT pioneers are likely to give integration technology even more consideration as they look to best leverage it in this age of growing connectivity. A recent survey by the Brookings Institute further asserts that federal government agencies are going to want to up the ante on their IoT planning and integration capabilities.
Fortunately, integration technology is no longer the “dry subject” of 1990s IT when it was all about tying dusty enterprise applications together and getting our front office technology to talk to our middle and back office technology for operational and risk management purposes. These were static, often batch, low-communication applications. This 1990’s integration technology is totally inadequate for the Integration of “Things”. Today, we need smart devices to work in conjunction with infrastructure. We need our technology to be able to handle “chatty things.”
Through the IoT, the time of ultimate connectivity is here. As government leaders like, Kevin Kampschroer, director of GSA’s Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings told FCW, his department is ready to fully utilize the potential of the Internet of Things. Kampschroer is working to tie their vast inventory of government buildings into a network of monitoring and maintenance systems to cut costs and increase efficiencies. While this is just one example, it helps demonstrate how integration technology will be a necessary component of IoT for cost reductions in mission delivery and mission expansion into the future.
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