What is the reality behind IoT big data applications?

There's no shortage of hype surrounding IoT data analytics and how it might benefit businesses, but organizations need to know if tools for analyzing data from the Internet of Things are right for them.

The Internet of Things is without a doubt one of the hottest areas of technology, but there's still a relative lack of clarity around what it means, how it should be implemented and the ultimate impact of IoT big data applications on businesses.

In this edition of the Talking Data podcast, TechTarget reporters Ed Burns and Jack Vaughan talk about the directions in which this emerging technology may develop. Burns is attending the 2016 IoT Data Analytics & Visualization conference in Palo Alto, Calif., and he'll be looking for specific signals that may indicate IoT data analytics is ready for prime time.

At the top of the list is customer adoption. It's one thing for vendors to build hype around a new technology, but it's another for businesses and organizations to use it effectively. The conference agenda is heavy on smart cities technologies, a concept that involves connecting all areas of city management to a centralized data infrastructure, and several city IT managers will talk about their experiences. Although the technology has been somewhat defined by vendors, in an interview in June, Boston CIO Jascha Franklin-Hodge told Burns that he thinks the movement is overhyped and that more targeted, less centralized IoT big data applications can be more effective.

The conference agenda also places a heavy emphasis on security and privacy. These ideas could play an important role in getting the general public on board with connected technologies, which can reach into fairly intimate areas of people's lives. It's worth looking at how seriously IoT proponents are taking the issues of security and privacy.

Listen to this podcast to learn about these topics and more, and to get a sense for how to tell if the implementation of IoT big data analytics holds promise or is still in the hype phase.

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