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Big Data and IoT: What’s the Difference?

Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT) are inter-connected, they possess some striking similarities yet they are still different. Any professional work...

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Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT) are inter-connected, they possess some striking similarities yet they are still different.

Any professional working in the realm of Big Bata and IoT can acknowledge that their meaning, more or less overlaps but there is a distinct line between them.

Drawing the Line Between Big Data and IoT

Big Data is all about DATA. With Big Data enterprises can access tons of data generated by the rapid growth of the internet. Although IoT relies heavily on data, it isn’t all about DATA. IoT adds Connectivity, Devices and Virtuality to the mix in order to bind data so everyone can operate through it. Think of it as one giant reservoir of Big Data.  

However, it should also be said that Big Data doesn’t depend on just IoT. In fact, IoT can work as a single source of “data” but it isn’t the ultimate or only resource. Data is virtually everywhere as it spreads across the internet from one corner of the world to the other.

Big Data then offers a lot of insight into global trends and accurate business analytics but IoT connects it all through Internet-enabled machines and devices. The data flows across them and works on a real-time basis. In order to make it more of a reality, the concept of cloud computing comes into the picture. Without it, connecting physical devices to the Internet and operating them (through automation) from far way may not be possible. 

Even though IoT includes more concepts it doesn’t mean that Big Data isn’t as effective nor better or worse.

Interesting Aspects of Big Data and IoT

The need to capture and analyze data from devices in order to identify customer behavior and market trends has led to the popularity of Big Data and IoT concepts. 

The evolution of Big Data has already created a great stir in the market. The number of Facebook posts, Tweets and other social media posts throughout one day can, collectively, reach hundreds of millions. With such high numbers there is no doubt that businesses have enough data to analyze business markets, assess targeted customer behavior, create new communication channels, gain business insights, analyze results, create new strategies/goals and much more.

As far as IoT is concerned, it is more about a “Function”. For instance, using your smart phone to turn off  bedroom lights, turn on the TV, start your car and so on. In IoT the connectivity of devices with data is based on the premise of performing a function in harmony for the sole purpose of convenience and easy monitoring. Almost all electronic goods can be monitored and automated with the help of IoT. This, of course, then holds great expectations for the future, but the technology is still on its way to improving.

Eventually IoT will impact all sectors and is expected to generate even more data. That goes hand in hand with Big Data. The tens of billions of internet-enabled devices integrated with IoT will  generate zettabytes of new and interesting Big Data. Through this relationship businesses can enhance their operations in almost every way. 

Erasing the Line and Building a Bridge

You’re probably thinking, if they go hand in hand then what’s the real difference between the Internet of Things and Big Data? The truth is, even if they work differently, they ultimately work best together.

Big data enables organizations to use more of the data around them. While IoT collects all that data. Together you can analyze patterns of interest and integrate new insights into the rest of your business. When you add Big Data to IoT, there’s way more data to work with and that’s a huge advantage.

For example, let’s use Internet of Things to track and monitor engines of warehouse machines in order to correct problems as you detect them. With Big Data, you can analyze all the failure information available to uncover the real problem. Now, not only can you monitor the engines you can also predict possible problems and fix them before they occur.

This is why Big Data and Internet of Things are already being adopted by many enterprises across a wide range of industries.

Currently, 50% of IoT activity is centered around 4 industries. It is estimated that within 5 years all industries will implement IoT strategies. 

But who wants to wait 5 years to gain this advantage? You should be taking full advantage of IoT and Big Data. There is clearly a harmonious relationship between them that makes way for lots of opportunity and growth.

However, we know that since the Internet of Things and Big Data are still pretty new they require more attention. They can get quite complex but we have a quick fix for that issue.

Iblesoft offers Cloud Solutions as well as Big Data and IoT services. You can even talk to one of our Cloud Consultants today to know more about how they work separately and together. We base our business off of building solutions for your business so you can trust us when we say, this is what we do!

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