|18 February 2016|

An important new role has been created within companies to reflect the rapidly changing skills required to succeed in the digital age. More than half of UK companies plan to appoint Chief IoT Officers, according to research by  cyber security firm Webroot and data centre organisation IO.

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is the ever increasing interconnection of people, things and products communicating via the internet.

IO director Andrew Roughan said: “We’re definitely seeing a move in enterprises. In recent years, we have seen a large and growing infrastructure investment to build digital infrastructures for the future. We haven’t seen the tipping point yet in terms of how that has been utilised, the type of traffic and utilisation that will flow through both data centres’ network infrastructure and devices.

“There are some initiatives that can drive change quickly and deliver some customer-facing and online benefits, but this is about more than that – it’s about defining the next era of the enterprise, beyond five or ten years. The infrastructure to support IoT needs some careful consideration, as typical enterprise-scale infrastructure investments won’t enable the IoT to scale economically.”

The study also revealed 94% of those surveyed are investing in IoT across a range of areas including R&D and security.