IOs face significant challenges when it comes to IoT. The demands from each of their business units are becoming much more fragmented than at any other time when they have been deploying technology. Here’s why: previously, they were integrating major systems, whether it was the backend systems like ERP, computers, or mobile devices of their various constituents.

The biggest pain point of late has been the BYOD phenomenon, which rapidly resulted in a broadening of support across a lot more devices, and making sure all of the security and controls was in place to manage this. Still, it typically just meant enabling one of the major smartphone/tablet platforms.

The Internet of Things is different because it involves coming up with solutions that are much more diverse as it relates to the types of systems being integrated (the actual “things” produced or managed by the company), and the data that these things create. The business needs of each internal customer are also often very different, and so too are the parties involved. IoT increasingly involves moving select data outside the company to relevant 3rd parties, whether they are service providers, channel participants, or distributors. All of this of course has to happen without sacrificing security.

But that’s just the beginning. Once you’ve solved this… it changes. The data, the devices, the needs, the features, you name it. The very nature of the fragmentation and uniqueness of “things” requires a means to manage them in a way that can deal with this fragmentation and broad set of needs – and be able to change as the market changes. It’s scary, because if you don’t do this right, you risk losing to more agile competitors who have figured it out.

Fortunately, there are tools and platforms on the market that can help you navigate your way. Certainly Ayla is one of those providers, and there are other great companies as well. Check them out, and see if they can help you get to where you need to be.