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For CIOs, big data conversations shift to IoT

The big data conversations among CIOs and senior IT leaders are starting to shift to the Internet of Things, according to Jill Dyche, vice president of best practices at SAS Institute Inc. “I still see them as two different things, but the feedback I’m getting is that big data is evolving into IoT,” she said.

In preparation for 2016, Dyche has been talking with her CIO clients and polling SAS account executives to find out what customers are clamoring for, and a couple of questions related to IoT have started to emerge. They are as follows:

  1. What’s needed? CIOs and IT leaders are asking what technologies or functionalities they’ll need for IoT that they don’t already have in their big data ecosystems — such as event stream processing, Dyche said.
  2. Who should execute? CIOs and senior IT leaders are asking who needs to be on the team. Should it be a mix of incumbent data warehousing experts, data scientists and Hadoop specialists? Dyche said the subtext behind this question is about training versus hiring: What tasks can the current IT department take on and what tasks will require new talent.
  3. Who owns it? One conversation Dyche said she’s having with just about every CIO and senior IT leader she’s working with is who should own and fund projects like IoT — as well as big data and even application development. “The common assumption of the early adopters is that IT will own and enable the stack,” she said. It will supply the event stream processing, the grid platform and the network speed, but CIOs and senior IT leaders are also demanding that the business steps up and makes use of the technology.