October 8, 2018
For many, IoT can seem like a fairly nebulous topic. For those curious about IoT, it can be difficult to know where to start learning about it. This topic evolves at a clipping pace as innovation and product cycles only get faster and faster. Let this post serve as a guide for pinpointing sources to learn more about IoT, its current uses and its future.
High Level View of IoT
When learning about IoT, it helps to start with a high level conceptual view. Try watching a few short YouTube video to gain a solid 30,000 ft perspective. Below are some links to videos we recommend starting with:
IBM Think Academy: An animated and simplified explanation of various forms of IoT and why it matters. (Under 4 Minutes)
TED Talk with Dr. John Barrett: This video is about six years old but accurately captures the precipice of the IoT revolution and exactly why IoT is so extraordinary. (17 Minutes)
Sources from Consulting Firms
The consulting world is riding the IoT wave as it now plays a major role in the digital transformation strategies of most major companies. As a result, leading consulting firms publish a litany of sources from case studies to videos for their potential clients on their websites. This material also serves as great basic educational tools for IoT.
Set Up IoT Google Alerts
One of the best way to stay current with IoT news is by setting up Google Alerts. Google will send you an email with a summary of links to IoT news articles. To set up alerts, simply navigate to google.com/alerts and enter the search term, “IoT”. Then select the frequency at which you want to receive the alerts. This ensures you will not only see the most current news covering IoT, but that you also receive a diverse array of sources that will broaden your IoT knowledge horizons.
After learning about the basics of IoT, you may decide you want to develop marketable IoT skill sets. Try taking a MOOC (mass open online course) for starters. Coursera offers online classes and specialized certificates in IoT. These courses are offered either at no cost or for a very small administration fee. Starting with a MOOC may help you decide to invest further in your education.
For a more formalized course setting, IoT learners can enroll in university extension or executive education courses. MIT’s Sloan School of Business offers a six week executive education course covering IoT as a business transformation tool. Its goal is to, “..demystify IoT jargon so that managers can start to achieve the strategic advantage IoT makes possible.” The course costs about $2800, however many companies will reimburse the tuition.
IoT moves at a meteoric pace. To keep up with IoT developments, it is advisable to read articles as the technology typically changes at a faster rate than the book publishing cycle. However, there are some books that eloquently capture the history of IoT, the digital age and what it means for business, societies and humanity.
The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired Magazine, writes about the primary technological trends shaping our future as well as when and where innovation will occur. He comments that the business plans of the next iteration of startups are simple: Take product or technology X and add AI.
Building the Internet of Things
Maciej Kranz provides a handbook for business leaders on how to capitalize on IoT in his book, Building the Internet of Things. Readers will obtain the foundational knowledge of IoT use cases to successfully implement IoT in their organizations.
Thank you for Being Late
Prolific journalist and author, Thomas Friedman, explains the primary forces shaping our time in Thank you for Being Late. One of the most formidable challenges we currently face is our inability to adapt as a society with the pace of technology. Friedman highlights that it now only takes 10-15 years to create the kinds of technological changes that used to take generations. The rate of change and obsolescence calls into question traditional education as well as patent laws. While this book doesn’t focus on IoT as the primary subject, it provides an informative commentary about the impacts of IoT and related technologies on both markets and society.
Internet of Things: Principles and Paradigms
Internet of Things: Principles and Paradigms takes a deeper dive on the technical aspects of IoT describing architectures, security protocols and managing IoT platforms. It covers state-of-the-art research on IoT as well as identifies a litany of practical use cases for IoT. This book aims primarily at computer science students at the graduate level but can also serve as a comprehensive guide for the more technically inclined.