The update to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide forecasts that by 2021 the Internet of Things (IoT) will surpass 25 billion devices and $1.1 trillion spent worldwide. The incredible amount of data and business opportunities generated by IoT will create a vital need for employees in all industries to have baseline knowledge of IoT, how it functions and how it will transform their job responsibilities.

This course builds on the skills and concepts learned in our IoT – Fundamentals course and helps enrollees learn direct application of IoT technologies including Raspberry Pis and sensors to create simple and inexpensive IoT solutions to solve real-world problems. The knowledge and skills deepen the participants’ understanding of company IoT solutions and gives the participants a more robust proficiency in understanding of how routine tasks can be automated to collect data that can drive decision making. Upon completion of this hands-on experience, participants will build on the fundamentals learning in the IoT Level 1 course and create actions based on the insights from their IoT solutions.

Skills include:

  • Leaning how to create no-code / low code solutions
  • Communicating the impact and value of IoT solutions
  • Identifying how to deliver the insights and actions required to drive business value
  • Leaning how to map business process to technology solutions

The technology-driven components involve the use of IoT-related technologies and other systems to collect real-time data, the use of cloud-based technologies to capture and manage the data, and the use of software applications, such as Microsoft Power Automate and Azure Logic Applications to provide actions based on the data received from the IoT devices. The program then involves the adjustment of technological systems considering the data from the IoT solutions.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, sensors, switches, mechanical and digital machines, cloud-based software and other elements that provide unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. The concept of IoT was introduced in 1999 by Kevin Ashton, co-Founder of MITs AUTOID lab. Since that time, IoT has been steadily gaining traction in almost every aspect of human life. Smart devices, robotics, sensors, medical devices and many others are now in routine use and more devices are coming. In addition to “smart city” applications throughout the world, IoT applications are being used in many businesses to collect real-time data on all kinds of processes which are then converted to metrics for analytics to improve all aspects of business operations.

The modern workforce must not only possess the knowledge and skills to run machinery, deal with supply chain processes and work collaboratively, the need for an understanding of “smart machines,” data collection in real time, data management and communicating data-driven information quickly is now essential. The detailed report generated by the National Science Board in 2019 shows clear evidence of the need to upgrade the American workforce in these technologies if America is to remain competitive in global markets.