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How workshops can ease your IoT deployment concerns

It’s just been a few decades since the Internet was born. Today, 89% of enterprises have plans to adopt or have already chosen a digital business strategy, and 61% of them say that IoT plays a crucial role in their digital business plans, according to the IDG’s 2018 Digital Business survey. IoT promises to transform an endless array of industries including, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, education, energy, and transportation. Yet, enterprises eager to introduce the efficiencies IoT can bring to their business often get stuck on one critical question at the beginning of their projects: what’s the best way to deploy an IoT platform?

That’s why Avnet has introduced a 2-day workshop to help business leaders determine the best approach to IoT for their organization. First, we’ll help you determine a defined business need, goal, vision, or outcome which you are looking to solve using IoT. Working with customers around the world, we’ve found that the most important thing to consider when implementing IoT in your business is not the technology. It’s your business case. We believe understanding business and technological requirements fully is key to the success of any IoT initiative.

But we don’t stop there. Once we’ve defined your business case, we will then cover your potential IoT deployment pitfalls. Below are some of the mistakes that many other organizations are making while deploying IoT projects. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll learn:

IoT network scalability

As your company grows, your IoT infrastructure will need to handle increasing intelligent interaction, data organization, cybersecurity, analytics and device authorization. We’ll teach you how to prepare for scalability at the beginning of your IoT project, covering topics such as prioritization of traffic, device performance management, authentication mechanisms such as 802.1X, and much more. You’ll walk away with a plan to make your IoT deployment more cost-effective and prepared for the future.

Privacy

A company’s privacy is vulnerable when something fails from its role. And when we think of failure, we mostly end up thinking about device failures. Now imagine, “what if a dataset causes failures?” Do you know some of the data that IoT devices collect need protection by legislation such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which is different from our traditional browsing and clicking habits? The sad truth is that most organizations don’t set up the proper procedures to handle or discard Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to ensure consumers will not be damaged in case of data breaches—despite what the law says. We’ll show you how to protect your IoT traffic and how to identify privacy solutions you can count on while deploying IoT.

IoT project administration

To deploy thousands of IoT devices you’ll need the right tools to manage your network effectively and securely. Some of the everyday administration oversights leading to deployment failure are:

  • Distributed safety administration systems
  • Poor design and coordination absence between devices
  • Invalid modules that need replacement or require remote upgrades
  • Shortage of skilled IT staff dedicated to device, network, and security management

During the workshop, we’ll show you how to ensure the right administration to make deployment easy.

Security

The hacking of Barbie dolls, smart fridges, Ukraine’s power grid, pacemakers, baby monitors, cameras, and even drug infusion pumps are turning our IoT dreams into security nightmares. We’re rapidly adding new nodes to networks in the process of growth, creating new vulnerabilities for hackers to exploit. Simply protecting sensitive information and assets is not enough. In this workshop, we will thoroughly review the real reasons behind the state of insecurity of IoT that you’ll need to account for in your deployment.

Connectivity

The future of IoT will depend on decentralizing IoT networks and moving functionality to the edge. Fog networking is just one way to do that. With edge systems, IoT hubs take charge of time-critical operations. During the workshop, we’ll help you understand the challenges and solutions in deploying these rapidly evolving models.

Compatibility

In IoT, we currently have CoAP, Modbus, ZigBee, Z-Wave, OPC UA, MQTT, and some more protocols – all competing for dominance. Many of them require the deployment of extra hardware and software while connecting the devices which asks for networking architecture knowledge.

Unquestionably, every company that wants to stay competitive in the market has to strive to improve its productivity, enhance efficiency, and increase profitability. Today, when a company looks to achieve more with less, it naturally turns to adopt digital transformation technologies, where IoT has become the focal point. But we have seen that most organizations are interested in buying IoT devices and associated network requirements but the subsequent deployment is more challenging than the buyer believed it should be. In all, this workshop will help you to go past your limitations, worries, and concerns regarding IoT deployment. Visit our workshop program page to learn more.

Upcoming Workshops

  • June 12, 2019 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Hoffman Estates, IL Learn More
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  • July 24, 2019 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Bloomington, MN Learn More
  • August 14, 2019 9:00 am - 5:00 pm North Reading, MA Learn More

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