The Internet of Things (IoT) is a mass of billions of connected devices from cars to wireless wearable products. Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group estimated 12.5 billion connected devices in existence globally as of 2010 with that number doubling to 25 billion by 2015.
Stories by David Geer
At many companies, internal customers have gotten ahead of themselves -- and IT -- in the rush for the latest mobile devices, unaware of the challenges they pose. "They don't realize it takes infrastructure, a wireless signal and a whole bunch of things before you can use a handheld," says Hap M. Cluff, director of IT for the U.S. city of Norfolk.
No matter how good a project manager you are, you can't eliminate risk in IT projects. But you can and must manage it. And since you can't manage what you can't measure, good risk metrics should be part of your project tool kit.
Despite the dot-com fallout that pulled the plug on IT at the end of the last millennium, IT R&D is staging a revival. But today, it has a new mission, a new culture, broader sponsorship, a different profile and a new emphasis on partnerships.