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Skills deficit hampers IoT growth in 2017

Ann Bednarz | Nov. 7, 2016
IoT will affect nearly every role in IT, Forrester warns.

The same tactic could strengthen customers’ faith in IoT players. “In 2017, Forrester predicts that major vendors like Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, and others will invest heavily in low- or no-cost training and certifications while keeping the bar high to ensure that the certifications hold weight.”

Forrester also predicts that industry-specific certifications will take hold: “In 2017, Forrester expects that 10 industrial vendors will jointly certify their IoT-enabled products with enterprise vendors, as Rockwell Automation has done with Cisco.”

Enterprises should be ready to keep track of what their IoT vendors are doing in the area of certifications. Already some vendors have created training and certification programs for their products, Forrester notes, such as IBM’s Watson IoT Academy and PTC University’s ThingWorx Certification.

“When evaluating vendors, consider their training programs and press them on the number of certified technologists out there today,” the firm suggests.

Predictions 2017: Security And Skills Will Temper Growth Of IoT,” is written by Forrester analysts Frank E. Gillett, Michele Pelino, Merritt Maxim, Charlie Dai, Julie A. Ask, and Andre Kindness. It’s one of several new 2017 prediction guides from Forrester.


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