How M2M Powers the Internet of Things

 
 
By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 07-22-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How M2M Powers the Internet of Things

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    On the Radar
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    On the Radar

    76% of respondents have heard of M2M, up from 61% in 2014. More than one-quarter (27%) of all businesses worldwide report using M2M technology.
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    M2M Makes a Mark
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    M2M Makes a Mark

    90% reported that M2M is relevant to their organization today, up from 86% in 2014.
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    Leading the Charge

    Top M2M adopters include: energy and utilities (37%), automotive (32%), retail (32%), consumer electronics (29%), and health care and pharma (28%).
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    Use Cases Grow
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    Use Cases Grow

    Top M2M uses include: new types of devices (55%), more connections (53%), data analytics (48%), new connectivity types (45%), more lines of business (44%).
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    M2M Is an Enabler

    Half (50%) of M2M adopters indicated that they're using the IoT and M2M to enable new business and operating models.
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    Competitive Gains

    83% of adopters agreed that they have gained a competitive advantage from M2M; 38% agreed "strongly."
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    M2M Delivers on ROI
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    M2M Delivers on ROI

    59% of those using M2M said they've realized "significant" ROI, compared to 46% in 2014.
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    M2M Is More Than Technology
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    M2M Is More Than Technology

    79% agreed that M2M is not about buying technology, but rather about improving business processes.
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    The CIO Role

    The study found that the CIO leads projects in 36% of cases; the CEO leads in 16%. 63% report having multiple leaders involved.
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    Budgets Count
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    Budgets Count

    Only 46% of projects get charged to the IT budget. 28% of businesses already use risk/reward sharing models, and 29% charge the cost direct to the consumer.
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    "M2M is ushering in a new era for the way companies do business by connecting consumer devices, smart offices and buildings to the Internet around the world." - Andrew Morawski, head of Machine-to-Machine for the Americas at Vodafone.
 

The Internet of things (IoT) is evolving rapidly and emerging at the center of a new digital era. One of the key components: machine-to-machine communication (M2M), which encompasses computing devices, sensors and other electronic systems that send and receive data and instructions within a connected and often automated framework. Already, M2M communication is unleashing significant innovation and transformation in our homes, businesses and cities. A new report from telecommunications firm Vodafone and Circle Research, M2M Barometer 2015, examines the topic and offers insights into where organizations are at and how they are navigating this space. The survey of more than 650 global business and IT leaders found, among other things, that M2M creates opportunities but also introduces new demands and risks for organizations. In fact, there's a growing need for CIOs and other leaders to focus on the IoT and M2M space in order to achieve competitive advantage and drive results. Here's a look at some of the highlights.

 
 
 
 
 
Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).

 
 
 
 
 
 

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