by the promise of lower costs and more control over their space, consumers are
flocking to the Internet of Things, as are deep-pocketed corporations, enticed
by the added bonus of deeper insights into increasingly numerous and complex data
streams. But, somewhere between the hype and the hope fall small- and mid-sized
businesses, just trying to make sense of it all, and taking small but practical
steps like these toward digital transformation.
1) Equipment management. Critical local or remote
assets, fitted with the proper sensors, can alert you to the need for
maintenance and repairs, as well as imminent or actual failure.
2) Interoffice productivity. Giving teams access to virtual
assistants such as Siri, Cortana or Google Assistant can make common tasks
easier and more expedient. Examples include: scheduling meetings and
appointments; fact checking and info gathering; and small-scale inventory
control, such as monitoring and reordering office supplies.
3) Cost control. In warehouses and interior
spaces, businesses can use the same IoT devices as homeowners to reduce energy
and consumption costs.