The technology industry tends to articulate things in a way that leaves people thinking that nothing existed before the technology industry discovered it. But our industry often takes an existing idea and looks at it through a new lens. That may be disruptive, but it’s not completely novel.
A good case in point is the Internet of Things (IoT), the oft-discussed idea that in the future there will be billions of sensors and devices connected to the Internet. The IoT, however, isn’t completely novel. For decades, industrial companies have been running vast networks of devices and machines. The difference in the IoT world, however, is that these things will run on more general networks and protocols rather than the heavy, proprietary and siloed systems of old. And therein lies the interesting aspect – if you’re a company that has been delivering these sort of industrial connectivity solutions for years, the IoT is a potentially disruptive change.