Seize the Potential of the Internet of Things Today

Think big but start small. You need a practical plan for extracting the power of the ever-expanding network of connected devices and sensors. Stop talking about it and start doing something.


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Your Challenge

  • Organizations struggle to find practical applications for the Internet of Things (IoT). Uses are either trivial or rely on speculation about how the IoT trend will progress in the future.
  • Frustrated by conjecture, some organizations opt to wait until the dust settles. However, the future workplace is a connected workplace. Organizations that fail to get a head start on IoT technology projects will be left in the dust themselves.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Start with simple, “low-hanging fruit” projects that can provide an easy starting point for getting deeper into the technology. Prioritize IoT initiatives that are immediately useful, while keeping an eye on more complex long-term projects.
  • Don’t bother collecting data if you can’t use it. Ensure that the right foundation is in place to maximize the connectivity and analytics capability that the IoT will deliver in the future.
  • Right now, IoT technologies do not demand standalone policies regulating their use in the workplace. Rather, update or modify existing policies to address potential security, privacy, and acceptable use concerns. 

Impact and Result

  • Know which IoT devices can provide value for your organization today, and which to keep an eye on for the future.
  • Have an ongoing and repeatable process in place for evaluating, testing, and integrating connected devices within your organization.
  • Obtain basic data gathering and data analytics capabilities for facilities management and employee productivity IoT applications, laying the foundation for client-facing and product development use cases. 


  • Rob van Kranenburg, Founder of Council and
  • Darren Meister, Leveraging IT and Innovation Professor, Ivey Business School
  • Dirk Slama, Director of Business Development, Bosch Software Innovations
  • Jason Smylie, Executive VP, CIO, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop Inc.
  • Robin Raskin, Founder and CEO, Living in Digital Times
  • Victor Woo, General Manager of IoT, Cisco Canada
  • Rich Radford, Sales Director, Small Box Energy
  • Sam Dunn, Co-Founder and CEO, Robin
  • Shaun Moore, CEO, Chui
  • Jonathan Ward, President, Ward Technology Talent
  • Luke Bussey, SaaS Marketing Manager, Yesware
Additional interviews were conducted but due to privacy and confidentiality requirements, they are not listed.  

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Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should seize the potential of the IoT, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

  1. Build a business case for analyzing the IoT and kick off the project

    Develop a business case that communicates the value of the connected workplace.

  2. Select, analyze, and prioritize IoT technologies

    Determine the readiness and value of potential IoT initiatives.

  3. Plan, execute, and support IoT projects

    Transform IoT initiatives into implementable projects.

Guided Implementation icon Guided Implementation

This guided implementation is a nine call advisory process.

    Guided Implementation #1 - Build a business case and kick off the project

  • Call #1: Make the case for IoT

  • Call #2: Conduct a benefits analysis

  • Call #3: Set up the IoT process

  • Guided Implementation #2 - Select, analyze, and prioritize IoT technology

  • Call #1: Review the longlist of IoT technologies

  • Call #2: Conduct a SWOT analysis on one of the IoT shortlist initiatives

  • Call #3: Review the readiness and value assessments

  • Guided Implementation #3 - Plan, execute, and support IoT projects

  • Call #1: Scope IoT projects

  • Call #2: Create an IoT implementation plan

  • Call #3: Discuss communication plan, policies, and metrics

Onsite Workshop

Module 1: Build the Business Case and Kick Off the Project

The Purpose

  • Make the case for IoT.
  • Conduct a benefits analysis.
  • Set up the IoT process.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A business case and the start of a project plan to kick off the project process.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Create an IoT business case
1.2 Gather an IoT analysis team
1.3 Record the team
1.4 Develop a meeting schedule
  • An Internet of Things Business Case
1.5 Present the IoT business case

Module 2: Select, Analyze, and Prioritize IoT Technologies

The Purpose

  • Review the longlist of IoT technologies.
  • Conduct a SWOT analysis on one of the IoT shortlist initiatives.
  • Review the readiness and value assessments.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A prioritized, categorized shortlist of IoT technologies customized to your organization.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Set up the IoT collection cycle
2.2 Review the IoT technology list
2.3 Walk through the IoT collaboration exercise results
  • Completion of a long- and short-list of IoT technology ideas
2.4 Review the SWOT analysis for the shortlist
2.5 Walk through the value and readiness assessments
  • A structured analysis, including a SWOT, value, and readiness assessment for each of the shortlisted IoT technologies
2.6 Review the categorized shortlist analysis results
  • A Tech Monitor chart with current and future categorization for each IoT initiative on the shortlist

Module 3: Plan, Execute, and Support IoT Projects

The Purpose

  • Scope IoT projects.
  • Create an IoT implementation plan.
  • Discuss communication plan, policies, and metrics.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A project implementation and communication plan.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Evaluate and discuss shortlist
3.2 Scope your IoT projects
3.3 Create comprehensive project roadmaps
  • Completion of comprehensive project roadmap
3.4 Identify security and privacy considerations
3.5 Discuss foundational requirements for IoT projects
  • Assessment of IoT foundation
  • Finalized IoT plan

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