'Internet of Everything' Now Hiring
If you're looking for a career change, have kids undecided about their college major or just have a genuine interest, the Internet of Things (IoT) -- or what Cisco has branded as the Internet of Everything (IoE) -- is looking for a few good men and women - to the tune of millions in just six short years.
411 on IoT & IoE
For those living under the proverbial rock or are oblivious to how smart our things (clocks, refrigerators, thermostats, etc.) are becoming, the IoT is the Internet on steroids, one that's connected to an incredible variety of handheld, household and industrial gadgets - each of which is capable of transmitting mega-data without the necessity of human intervention.
Differing from the Internet of Things (IoT), Cisco's IoE is more inclusive. As the Internet evolves, IoE is comprised of four pillars: people, process, data, and things. This essentially builds on top of IoT (one pillar: things). In addition, IoE further advances the power of the Internet to improve business and industry outcomes, by not only connecting to objects but more importantly to the smart networks that are required to support all the data these objects generate and transmit (i.e. software and hardware working in concert).
ReadWrite's Matt Asay describes the value of this new commercial marketplace as that which is determined by the number of developer counts, not widgets. "It's standard to size a market by the number of widgets sold, but in the Internet of Things, which numbers sensors and devices in the billions, widget counts don't really matter," says Asay.
"In part this is because the real money in IoT is not in the "things," but rather in the Internet-enabled services that stitch them together," adds Asary.
IoE Needs You
So with IoE's growth positioned to explode exponentially over the next six years, it only stands to reason that the number of developers it's going to need to assume the responsibilities required to code all those devices is going to increase in tandem.
According to a recent report by VisionMobile, while today there are are only 300,000 developers on the job, that number will have to escalate to a whopping 4.5 million by the year 2010 to meet the demand - reflecting a 57% compound annual growth.
As VisionMobile suggests, "the only way to make a profit in (this new arena) is to build a network of entrepreneurs who create unique value on top of commodity hardware, connectivity and cloud services." So while developers are not the buying audience -- they are the necessary conduit to connect the ecosystem with the consumers who will be purchasing all of these interconnected system of things.
As much as we'd like to fantasize about our stoves talking to our thermostats to perhaps lower the heat in the kitchen during cooking times, the reality is that we don't really have a clue what meaningful applications will emerge from the IoE. As the VisionMobile report authors state, "Demand for (this) technology will not come from a single killer app, but from thousands of unexpected new use cases."
Time to queue up after you re-edit that resume, don't you think? Plenty of opportunity for those ready to seize those sensors in tomorrow's brave new world!