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Does IoT represent the third wave of Digital Transformation?

The wave of Digital Transformation across public sector will have profound implications for the services used by citizens. Digital transformation occurs when a business embraces technology to create change in pursuit of its short and long term digital ambitions, it is not reliant on one technology alone, it is more of a collaborative approach that brings together multiple technologies to make everyday business tasks, easier. 

As the number one-ranked digital Government in the World, the UK starts from a strong foundation, but as our research shows, there remain significant challenges that must be overcome if the public sector is to deliver the joined-up, tech-enabled services citizens increasingly expect.

Many local authorities understand the importance of digital transformation, most believe technology is a key enabler to deliver and improve services to citizens. But end-to-end transformation is complicated and nowhere more so than in the public sector, where a diffuse network of organisations and agencies deliver a variety of services to many different users. If Government is to deliver on its ambitions, it will need not only to embrace new technology, but the ways of working that it makes possible.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is at the heart of Digital Transformation. It promises to be the biggest revolution since the Internet, these connected devices will provide real time data that companies, and consumers couldn’t easily access in the past.

Where IoT makes sense

Given the disparity of connected devices and business cases, many IT leaders are wondering how they should approach IoT. Like any other technology, IoT must solve a business problem to be viable, simply connecting devices isn’t enough. The data must be integrated into applications to save money, improve efficiencies, or increase revenue. The question becomes where do you start?

  1. The Explosion of data generated by devices: The number of connected devices around the world is growing – several billion connected devices are already in use today with significant growth expected to continue. These are producing massive amounts of data about the environment around them.
  2. Cloud as a growth engine for business: Businesses can respond to changing market conditions with agility and flexibility using the cloud. New solutions can be deployed quickly and cost effective to open cloud platforms.

Digital Transformation will be in full swing before you know it. By digitalising the most important assets and information through the Internet of Things (IoT) companies can drastically grow their business, increase operational efficiency, and deliver exciting customer experience. IoT is predicted to be one of the most important factors impacting businesses in the coming years. 

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