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IoT: to DIY or Not to DIYIoT: to DIY or Not to DIY

Rob Spiegel

June 29, 2015

4 Min Read
IoT: to DIY or Not to DIY

While that headline looks like acronym madness, what it really asks is whether you have to do it yourself (DIY) when it comes to the Internet of Things. The pressure is on for manufacturers -- both industrial and consumer -- to make their products connected. Samsung's CEO, BK Yoon, proclaimed that by 2020 all the company's products will be Internet connected.

Last week Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE, declared that all tech companies will have to become software companies. The idea is that the ability to manage data from products will make or break manufacturers going forward.

The IoT has arrived with the bluster and sky-high promises of the Dot-com era, and it shares a big question with that rush of new technology. Do you do it yourself or job it out to a service company? For many companies, the first instinct is to build a custom solution from the ground up, just as companies forged into website building early on. That solution requires R&D, testing, data management, and a sound security plan. Immelt suggests that's part of doing business in the Big Data era.


About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel has served as senior editor at Electronic News and Ecommerce Business, covering the electronics industry and Internet technology. He has served as a contributing editor at Automation World and Supply Chain Management Review. Rob has contributed to Design News for 10 years.

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