Nowadays, it seems like there’s an endless supply of information about IoT. I don’t want this article to be just another IoT piece lost in the noise of fancy marketing words. Instead, let’s embark on a quick journey that will provide you with a clear understanding of IoT, saving you from getting lost in the tangled web of buzzwords.


By now, the term “IoT” has become quite familiar, so I won’t bore you with a formal definition. However, it’s worth noting that IoT has branched out into various subcategories, such as IIoT (Industrial IoT) and MIoT (Medical IoT), among others. The IoT landscape covers a vast array of technologies, encompassing hardware, software, business intelligence (BI), artificial intelligence (AI), protocols, platforms, and the entire spectrum from edge to cloud.

Yet, it’s essential to recognize that IoT is more than just a collection of technologies. It’s a concept, a philosophy that sometimes gets overshadowed by the technological advancements surrounding it. This distinction is vital, especially for decision-makers like yourself, as it enables you to select the most suitable tools for your specific use case.

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An Apology

Now, I must apologize on behalf of the IoT development community. We haven’t always done an excellent job of providing you with what you truly need, while marketing and branding departments often paint technology products in ways that may not align with reality. This chaotic situation often obscures the genuine benefits of the IoT concept, leaving you far removed from solving the actual problems at hand when faced with the overwhelming abundance of IoT frameworks and platforms.

It Depends

It seems we’ve burdened IoT with an extraordinary weight of responsibility and set unrealistic expectations for it. But here’s a thought-provoking question: Do you really need to delve deep into the intricacies of IoT? Let’s consider an example to illustrate this point. Suppose you’re a facility manager at a manufacturing factory seeking to reduce equipment costs. You find a partner who offers an IoT solution, utilizing devices and software to monitor equipment usage, generate business reports, and optimize inventory capacity. All you need to do is enable the necessary requirements, such as Wi-Fi connectivity and firewall rules. In this case, a basic understanding of computer networking is sufficient to implement the IoT solution. So, in essence, you don’t actually need an in-depth knowledge of IoT.
However, there are scenarios where being well-versed in IoT becomes crucial. Let’s imagine you’re a Digital Transformation manager leading an R&D project, and the Quality Assurance department faces challenges with manual product checks. In such a case, you have various options: building the entire IoT system from scratch, developing some components in-house while relying on a partner for the rest, or fully outsourcing the project to a reliable partner. More often than not, the second option prevails because, even with complete outsourcing, you’ll still be involved in managing and overseeing the system. The first option is less common and tends to have a higher risk of failure due to the lack of experience and expertise. While I don’t intend to dampen enthusiasm, this tends to be the reality.

A Quick Heads-up

Therefore, if you find yourself in a situation where a deep understanding of IoT is essential, I urge you to focus primarily on the real problem at hand rather than getting caught up in IoT terminology. Investing in tools that don’t bring you closer to solving the actual problem is nothing short of a waste.


In the next sections, we will explore the core aspects of IoT, addressing the questions of necessity, management, cultural transformation, security, and the interplay between the Internet and the “Internet of Things.” Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to IoT, and it’s crucial to navigate this landscape with clarity and purpose.
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Co-founder & CTO @ Sensemore

Ozan Ertürk

Co-founder & CTO

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