6 things IT executives must do to accelerate IoT adoption

Are you ready for the Internet of Things (IoT)? Despite its transformational potential, most organizations are not. In an era of rapid disruption and digital transformation, IT executives and managers must lead the charge. You must bridge the gap between technology, business, engineering and operations. You must be evangelists, teachers, facilitators and innovators. To succeed, I’ve listed six things you must do to accelerate IoT adoption within your organization.

Increase your organization’s IoT IQ

Start the journey by increasing awareness, knowledge and conversations around IoT throughout the organization. This can be done in several ways:

  • Hosting a series of regular brown bag “lunch and learn” sessions
  • Sharing information in internal newsletters and other communications
  • Speaking at company meetings and executive briefings
  • Creating mini courses — live training, recorded videos and podcasts
  • Inviting outside speakers — business leaders, customers and other innovators
  • Hosting demo days to showcase examples of what is possible

Create IoT catalysts within your IT organization

In chemistry, catalysts are facilitators that make a chemical reaction happen, or happen faster. Similarly, the IT organization can facilitate IoT adoption through a team of in-house IoT catalysts. This cross-functional team is well versed and up to date on innovation methodologies, IoT technologies, best practices and applications. Catalysts facilitate adoption by:

  • Being the organization’s “go-to” team for IoT questions, planning and strategy
  • Engaging with business and operations teams to uncover IoT opportunities
  • Identifying existing projects where small IoT pilots can be attached
  • Sharing success stories and learnings across the organization
  • Mitigating barriers to adoption (infrastructure, policies, and processes)

Build a sandbox infrastructure for innovation and experimentation

IoT by itself is not innovation, although it may be built with innovative technologies. It’s the problems that it solves and the way it does it that creates innovation. Sustainable innovation doesn’t come from a flash of inspiration. It comes from the hard work of understanding the real underlying problems, hypothesizing possible solutions, building experiments, testing, validating and repeating. Organizations that can do this well become innovative market leaders.

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