22 November 2017

Internet of Things and SMEs: are companies ready for the revolution?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is part of the life of all of us and is literally an integral part of it.

Digital Transformation is a process in continuous development that in the long run will involve any productive sector, no one excluded. According to Hewlett Packard Enterprise, 2025 will provide more than 50 billion smart devices, connected to innovative apps, the use of which will lead to the creation of very large volumes of data.

IoT and Italian companies

After this brief introduction, the question that arises at this juncture is another: are Italian companies ready for change? Are they ready to welcome the IoT in their reality?

First of all, we can state that Digital Transformation in Italy is under way, but it certainly proceeds slowly. We can also state that for us at Keplero the DT is essential.

The Italian economy focuses on small and medium-sized enterprises, which are not fully prepared for change. Statistics show that 35% of Italian SMEs fail to develop adequate projects that involve the use of IoT technologies. Then there is another good 20% that has never approached the IoT. Positive news also arrives: about 45% of SMEs have somehow approached IoT technologies, carrying out projects or having the intention to implement them by the end of 2017. Medium-sized companies are even less small business interests, technological change and digital transformation.

The situation for large companies tends to improve: statistics show that 49% of these companies have started and are running projects related to the Internet of Things.

IoT and international panorama

What to say instead of the international scene? According to the study conducted by Zebra Technologies, 48% of companies undertook a process of transformation, but in 2017, really smart companies are only 5%. What do you mean by really smart? In the criteria considered by Zebra Technologies, “intelligent” is a company that contemplates the vision and implementation of the IoT in its projects. In this context, a non-indifferent role is that of workers, who should be more involved and educated in the IoT culture.

One thing is certain, as experts predict, in 2025, 50 billion smart devices will be active and therefore we can define ourselves as “super-technological” users.