The fourth generation of wireless mobile networks (4G) or Long Term Evolution (LTE) as it is popularly called, has evolved rapidly to become the fastest growing cellular network technology. With increased adoption of LTE and advancement in the fifth generation of wireless networks (5G), the present day mobile networks have a high speed and throughput. However, the increased throughput should also support increased number of business cases for the service providers to adopt the latest in mobile technology.
An increasing number of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications have enabled enterprises to undergo digital transformation. Web services or multi-tenant enable micro-services based choreography is typically adopted by business applications to leverage SaaS offerings. For example, an enterprise providing a partner portal for Internet of Things (IoT) hardware kits it offers, may utilize Magento-based e-commerce functionality to manage the product catalog and order fulfilment functionality, Atlassian cloud-hosted JIRA for trouble ticketing, and a Confluence-based Content Management System (CMS).
Internet of Things (IoT) describes an emerging trend where a large number of embedded devices (things) are connected to the Internet to participate in automating activities that create compounded value for the end consumers as well as for the enterprises. Many organizations are hesitant to tap into the power of the IoT due to the vulnerabilities and evolving threat while working with and managing such diverse and constantly evolving devices and the network environment that they operate in.
SmartCity, SmartHome, SmartEnergy, SmartWearable, SmartEnterprise… SmartX. But just how smart are these IoT solutions, really?
Many early IoT deployments simply connect an asset to the internet but have no strategic plan for how to leverage the data to deliver smart services that will enable a smarter future. As such, they paint themselves into a corner because they can't find a path to scale their hardware and software solutions to generate revenue.
Last two decades saw the emergence and evolution of two of the most exciting technologies, Internet and mobile. Internet is becoming more accessible through mobile devices due to evolution of wireless technologies (2G, 3G and now LTE).