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Why many IoT Projects Fail?

Arjun / 22 Dec 2020 / IOT Basics | IOT Industry | IOT AI

The factors that snowball into those business challenges. The IoT is transforming the way people live and work. Smart devices have connected faster than people over the past two years. IoT based projects cover the entire spectrum of activities. At the start of IoT planning, organizations should ensure that all major project stakeholders are on the same page. IoT projects must ultimately benefit business users. The IoT components are Gateway, Data Analytics, Device Connectivity, User Interface, Automation, etc.


The projects based on IoT are far more complex and different from conventional IT projects. It has a higher level of scope and impact as well. Failure to understand this can lead to IoT projects. This failure can occur at any stage, starting from project initiation to execution and maintenance. So, what will be the reason? Why most of the IoT projects have failed, fail, or will fail soon? Globally, does IoT will fail? Here we list some of the most commonly seen reasons behind the failure of IoT projects:


Self-evident truths:

The IoT is at a critical point. On the one hand, technological advancements mean that it is cheaper than ever to produce smart devices, equipment, and machines that offer significant benefits that the business world cannot afford to ignore. On the other hand, there are equally significant challenges such as skills shortages, security concerns, and complexity of solutions that can jeopardize business benefits if left unaddressed.


There is no silver bullet to IoT, but viable and cost-effective solutions are being made by companies that partner with a vendor or solution provider whose ecosystem includes the resources to create and deploy robust end-to-end systems. Businesses with substantial IT resources can build their ecosystem, but a deep understanding of IoT (OT) operational technology is needed, as well as the middleware, need to break down the barrier between the IT and OT domains. 


Focus on the big thing:

It is a mistake to try to do everything at the same time. For example, APIs and open systems standards. Every decision made during the project linked to supporting this goal. The same caveat applies to data. IoT components rely on the ability to acquire data from parameters and events, but not everything that is generated needs to be processed or analyzed. 


With the glut of data, companies already have more data than they can handle, so it is important to determine what data is needed to achieve the strategy. Hitting a target is only useful if that targeted.


Organizational culture:

Stakeholder engagement is crucial to the success of IT projects as IoT projects are no different. Employees feel threatened by successful IoT deployment. It leads to half-hearted efforts, which is a sure-shot recipe for failure.


Lack of clear planning and strategy:

Organizations should have a documented strategy for each stage of project planning, execution, and deployment. For example, companies that never plan to start with a comprehensive list of use cases, customer requirements, and market demand are doom to failure.


Ignorance of the latest technologies:

IoT technology is evolving every day. IoT companies are deploying new products - hardware and software - to solve consumer problems. Businesses often fail to take advantage of the latest technology to achieve better results at a lower cost.


Lack of qualified professionals:

IoT is a relatively new technology. It is difficult to find experts with experience in planning, development, and execution for end-to-end IoT projects. Organizations often try to use their existing talent pool by improving it. But it usually fails because the team is unable to complete the project.

Get proactive when building your IoT systems:

There are many ways that IoT-based development can get you the old heave-ho, no matter how you are using IoT applications or building one. The device must respond to the commands of the software and to the infrastructure that supports the software. IoT is often seen as a form of traditional integrated programming, as we controlled devices in the past and still do today. 


However, IoT is software and data-based. With new programming, built-in features are now software-defined. For the most part, and therefore can become quite different as the software update on the device. The power of software-defined everything leads to some problems that need to change. Security leads the way, followed by virus affected software that can lead to a huge problem when using these devices. Indeed, many of these problems can lead to the failure of the concept of mission-critical or, worse, mission vital. Both will get you fired.


Choice of IoT devices:

The IoT ecosystem includes IoT devices and the network that connects them. Most organizations think about IoT devices first and then how to connect them. But the process should be reversed, or at least run in parallel. Each organization already has an existing network. It is a good idea to select only devices that can work on this network or an upgraded version of that network.


Big challenges: Equally big rewards:

The business community continues to make significant investments in IoT systems. They afford to stand with many companies and need to induce innovation to remain competitive. However, now the failure rates are out there on the network, and by the awareness of the development pitfalls are growing, we should see a healthier, more realistic market in the future.


Final thoughts:

Studies have shown that IoT adoption across all industries like healthcare, consumer, mobility, etc. If you want to improve costs and efficiency, then you must deploy IoT projects successfully. As you can negotiate from our discussion, the challenges are of two types: organizational and technical. As a business leader, you can overcome organizational challenges through open and honest communication. And it must be an ongoing process that continues until the successful deployment of the project.


For technical challenges, you might not have in-house experts, given that IoT is a relatively new technology. In this case, you should consider partnering with the right suppliers. Keeping in mind the points covered here will help you stay on track and take full advantage of what IoT applications have to offer. More devices are being connected to enhance the Internet of Things. It creates data to improve the way people live and work. The challenges in completing an IT may be because stakeholders are not ready to accept the change brought about by the successful deployment of IoT projects. 


With the technical advancement, companies must take a structured approach from the start. A detailed plan should document so that project managers can take stock of progress. Cybersecurity and hardware issues need to be handled properly, and if the need arises, the business needs to partner with experts to ensure success. IoT technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and big data, which is used to generate analytics if needed. 

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