IoT, Tighter Security Top Microsoft's Business Predictions for 2015
Businesses will need to grapple with the deluge of data generated by the Internet of things and pay closer attention to cyber-security in the year ahead, according to the software giant.Next year, the Internet of things (IoT) will go mainstream, predicts Redmond, Wash.-based software giant Microsoft. "IoT continues to mature across a range of industry sectors, and companies are focused on the actionable potential IoT holds for businesses today," said Susan Hauser, corporate vice president of the company's Enterprise and Partner Group, delivering her company's predictions on the Official Microsoft Blog. IoT is firmly establishing itself in the zeitgeist, at least according to the company's own search data. "People are eager to understand and implement IoT in their businesses, a trend that's reinforced by a 430 percent increase in searches for IoT on Bing in the last 12 months," revealed Hauser. The writing is already on the wall for other IT heavyweights. Yesterday, the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), an IoT standards group, announced that 15 vendors had joined its ranks. Newcomers include Hewlett-Packard, GE Software, Lenovo and Siemens. OIC's founding members include Intel, Dell and Samsung, among others. A day earlier, 5-month-young Thread Group, another IoT-centric alliance, announced that it had crossed the 50-company mark with the help of Insteon, Marvell, Pacific Gas & Electric and others.
"In a matter of months, we launched the Thread Group, selected UL to run our product certification lab and on-boarded more than 50 new member companies," said Chris Boross, Thread Group president and technical product marketing manager at Nest, in a statement. "This momentum paves the way for the first Thread-enabled products in 2015."