Recently I read an SAS article which gives us a perspective to what is to come for the education of students in an area that was and is booming. Right now demand is growing for experts to develop and maintain this industry. Please read the SAS white paper document that gives us an introduction to the inviting profession of IoT.
A Non-Geeks A-to-Z Guide to the Internet of Things
Defining the Internet of Things isn’t easy. When it’s defined in terms of market size, some focus on the potential revenue (it’s in the trillions), while others focus on the number of potential “Things” (it’s in the billions). Some definitions focus on the exponential growth of sensors, excluding smartphones, tablets and desktop computers, while others only consider devices with an IP address. Whether these definitions and forecasts are accurate or not, it can be downright confusing. How would you define the Internet of Things (or IoT, as it is commonly called)? If you were to ask 20 people, you would most likely end up with 21 different definitions, including yours. And guess what? That’s OK. It’s not important that we all agree on a single definition. What’s important is that we understand the context or frame of reference in which the Internet of Things is being discussed. A good case in point is big data. When the term started to become popular in 2011, almost every article, research report, interview and panel discussion for the next few years began with a definition of big data. Was it necessary to define each time? Yes, it was – and it still is – because it is the responsibility of an author/speaker to provide the proper context for the reader/listener – especially when it involves emerging terms like big data and the Internet of Things. Different Ways to View the IoT While you won’t find a canonical definition of IoT in this guide, it’s still interesting to note how different organizations describe it. Here are a few: The IoT links objects to the Internet, enabling data and insights never available before. (Cisco) The network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment. (Gartner) Whether these definitions and forecasts are accurate or not, it can be downright confusing. 2
A Non-Geek’s A-to-Z Guide to the Internet of Things
Internet of Things
• A global infrastructure for the information society, enabling advanced services by interconnecting (physical and virtual) things based on existing and evolving interoperable information and communication technologies. (IoT-GSI)
• IoT describes a world where just about anything can be connected and communicate in an intelligent fashion. In other words, with the Internet of Things, the physical world is becoming one big information system. (Techopedia)
• It’s a concept of everyday objects – from industrial machines to wearable devices – using built-in sensors to gather data and take action on that data across a network. (SAS Institute)
These illustrative descriptions highlight IoT’s common traits – connectivity, “things” and data/information – while giving us a good sense of the tremendous impact it will have on life as we know it. For a more thorough discussion on the Internet of Things – including its history, importance, who uses it and how it works – read Internet of Things (IoT): What it is and why it matters on sas.com.
Who has IoT in their program curriculum?