When the Internet of Things Becomes the Internet of Transformation

Considering its beginnings, the pace at which technology has evolved is astounding. The first electronic general-purpose digital computer, ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), was introduced to the world back in the 1940s and was the size of an entire data centre. Modern computers are not only smaller but also hundreds of millions of times faster. In fact, the mobile “computers” we carry around in our pockets every day (our inseparable phones!) are 17,000 times cheaper, 40,000 times smaller and use 400,000 times less energy, yet they are significantly more powerful than the ENIAC.

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Technology has advanced to the extreme, so much so that instead of occupying a whole building, today’s tiniest computer is smaller than a grain of rice!

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The capability to put computing power in smaller form factors that draw very little energy has been a huge contributing factor to the rise of the IoT. These days, we can put a computer or sensor on practically anything to obtain the level of granular data we could only dream of years ago.

What are the exact locations of your vehicular assets or mobile field employees? What are the soil conditions, wind speed, fertiliser requirements and water levels for your crops? Are your machines working optimally or are some parts showing signs of failure?

When it comes to digital transformation, a journey many ASEAN organisations are embarking on, IoT looks set to completely change how we work, live and connect, forever.

Just like the cloud a few years ago, IoT is now no longer a matter of if, but when.
While the early days of IoT were mostly about volumes of devices and how they connect, the next phase will be focused on the interconnectivity of all the digital transformation technologies and how they can function together cohesively – forming an “Internet of Transformation”.

The number of connected “things” that exist now already number in the tens of billions, but as we move towards this future of transformation, we can expect the number to increase exponentially.

When all your systems are connected and transmitting some form of data, you need to have a fast, systematic, secure and efficient way to collect, filter and process all that information. Otherwise, you will be overwhelmed and swept away by the tidal wave of data that is to come.

A solution for this is a scalable, real-time streaming analytics platform like Cloudera DataFlow (CDF), which can ingest, curate and analyse IoT data. This provides you with better control, key insights and immediate actionable intelligence, keeping your head above the water in the sea of data.

So whether you’re looking to cut down on data integration development time, get to real-time insights much faster, or manage and secure your data from the edge to the enterprise while ensuring that you meet all the necessary compliance requirements, you need a platform that provides the foundation that can enable your Internet of Transformation journey. Most importantly, the platform must be able to achieve it all without the complexity or high costs that could hinder your company’s ability to innovate.

CDF, which is part of the overarching Cloudera Data Platform, can give you all that. To find out more, click here.

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