Pop quiz: When was the first instance of an Internet of Things thing?

 

If you guessed 1982, you’re right! In 1982, a Coca-Cola machine at Carnegie Mellon University was modified to connect to the internet and report its inventory and whether newly loaded drinks were cold. Of course, this is up for debate as some might even claim the first internet-connected computer was an IoT thing.

 

These days, IoT things are decidedly more numerous, and overall, IoT is much more complex. In fact, according to Gartner, in just the last two years, the number of IoT devices has surged to 6.4 billion, and by 2020, device population will reach 20.8 billion. With these eye-popping figures, we’re very curious to know how your job has been affected by IoT.

 

Does your organization have an IoT strategy?

 

How many IoT devices do you manage?

 

How have these devices affected your network and the ability to monitor it and/or capacity plan?

 

What are the security challenges you face as a result of these devices?

 

Tell us about your “IoT reality” by answering these questions (and maybe provide an anecdote or two) by November 9 and we’ll give you 250 THWACK points—and maybe a Coke circa 1982 (just kidding)—in return. Please be sure to also let us know a little about your company: industry, size, location (country).