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.

Upon completion of this hands-on experience, participants will be able to identify key IoT competencies and hone their skills through the “art of possible”. Additionally, participants will learn to simplify the jargon and create real world IoT solutions.

Skills include:

  • Explain the definition and usage of the term “Internet of Things” in the context of your industry
    and future trends
  • Understand the key components that make up an IoT system
  • Find and use simple IoT concepts and tools to improve business efficiency and profitability in
    your job
  • Create and present key ideas for using IoT in your business setting

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 Azure IoT Hub to received messages from the IoT devices. The program then involves the adjustment of technological systems considering the business objectives and goals. 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.

This course builds skills to solve real-world problems with IoT solutions. The knowledge and skills deepen the participants’ understanding of the possible applications of IoT in their everyday work environment. This will give the participants a more robust proficiency in understanding how to solve problems and create efficiencies within their job responsibilities. The result is a more productive, motivated and versatile employee that is more valuable to their current or future employer.