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Three Benefits The Internet of Things Brings To Your Organization

Three Benefits The Internet of Things Brings To Your Organization

We often talk about how the Internet of Things (IoT) can create security issues in our businesses if not properly handled. While there are very real threats that can be posed by having internet connectivity embedded in all sorts of devices, it is clear there are several benefits to IOT as well.

Today, we’ll review three ways that the IoT can be leveraged to your workplace’s benefit.

Why the IoT?
Setting the security concerns of the IoT aside for a moment, the technology promises clear benefits for the 30 million small businesses in the United States. Not only can it simplify the workload that these businesses must deal with throughout the day, it enables many other business-critical tasks to be completed without worry of human error or neglect.

The IoT can directly benefit your business in three simple ways: reducing your operating costs, increasing your organizational productivity, and allowing you to embrace new opportunities.

1. Decreased Operating Costs
When it comes to the Internet of Things, automation is the main concept. Locks that automatically engage after a specified time or lights that can be controlled via a mobile app are two examples of how the IoT permits a greater level of control over the office environment. Another example are internet-enabled security cameras that are either installed throughout the office or embedded in doorbells etc. which alert you to motion at unusual times of day, reducing losses through internal or external theft. These technologies, along with many others, can help you cut down your operating costs by enabling you to control the office environment based on predetermined conditions.

2. Increased Productivity
The IoT also provides several means to give your organization a boost to its productivity. For instance, the increasingly common virtual assistants of today - like Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Assistant - offer functions that make many of the routine, time-consuming tasks that the business environment needs as simple as just saying what you want.

To help businesses take advantage of its Alexa device, Amazon has rolled out Alexa for Business, an expanding set of capabilities (Alexa calls them Skills) that facilitate productivity in the office. These capabilities including tracking everything from team and personal to dos, conference calls and time spent on projects, to even the location and status of your company's fleet of vehicles.

Finally, the IoT and its embedded, network-connected sensors can also keep your team more informed on a real-time basis. By combining IoT technologies with automation processes, your employees can receive important messages such as over-temperatures in your refrigerators or public spaces or out-of-toner alerts on your production printers. Whether you want to remind the team of an impending meeting or keep them aware of developments, automation with the IoT can enable you to do so.

3. Embracing Opportunity
The IoT can seem to be the kind of tool that is reserved for large corporations. Despite this impression, the tools for innovation have become easier to access to the point that small businesses can use programs such as Alexa for Business as a way to connect to their own customers and employees.

By looking at the IOT as another set of tools that can be surveyed, assessed and implemented in your operations and sales and marketing workflows, your team can identify and take advantage of opportunities to innovate and get an edge on the competition. Many IOT capabilities are consumer-oriented and thus can be implemented by line of business managers without much assistance from IT, increasing the rate of innovation throughout the organization.

However, Caution Is Needed
Of course, you can’t ignore the numerous shortcomings that plague the IoT, either. There was a recently-publicized example of hackers utilizing a thermometer in a fish tank to access a company network and steal customer data. Many Internet-connected devices feature substandard security measures. The novelty of these devices make them appealing for many business owners who seek to be on the cutting edge, and as a result, it is easy to make your business vulnerable, especially if extraneous and unnecessary IoT technologies are providing additional points of entrance.

Agilitec IT can assist you in establishing which IoT devices will prove to be a benefit for your business, as well as helping you to remain secure as you leverage them. Call (702) 720-1700 for more information.

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