Partnering to connect the world with the power of technology
5 March 2018
It’s clear that the internet of things (IoT) offers many exciting opportunities, from increased efficiency to enhanced customer engagement, and that now is the time for businesses to get involved. However, a huge challenge in implementing IoT technology will be gathering all the necessary skills together.
To unlock the full potential of IoT, a broad range of technical skills is required. The process can be incredibly complex due to the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary. Businesses need to be well versed in a vast array of different technologies, including sensors, gateways, networking, security, analytics, cloud, digital apps, software integration and API management. Those leading the digital transformation need to have a deep understanding of these technologies, how they are used and how they will benefit the business.
However, it is highly unlikely that the existing workforce will be equipped with the many skills needed, which means that trying to carry out the transformation in-house will involve a significant investment of time, resources and money.
The solution lies in finding the right partners to collaborate with and using your existing skills. It makes no sense trying to do it all alone. Having access to a good technology partner provides credibility. Credibility is what allows an IT professional to walk into the boardroom and justify exactly why a particular technology is needed for the profitability and productivity of the business.
Partners can work with Tech Data to help identify any skills gaps and find ways of filling these gaps, whether with our own IoT experts, with other partners, or through technical training and certification to develop their own in-house skills. As an IoT solution aggregator, we leverage our technology partner ecosystem to provide end-to-end, ready-to-deploy IoT solutions with best-of-breed components, ranging from fulfilment and secure connectivity of “things” to data aggregation, analytics and applications.