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Building an Organizational IoT Competency: How to Prevent Disaster

22 Jun 2017
10:30 - 10:55
Room A

Building an Organizational IoT Competency: How to Prevent Disaster

Session Abstract:

Organizations attempting to build smart connected products across divisions, product portfolios, and markets are being faced with a stark reality: creating IoT projects is hard, and building a long-term organizational competency around doing IoT projects with excellence is even harder.

Based on real-world experience, this talk presents five key behaviors that successful organizations embrace when starting an IoT journey:
(1) baseline your current IoT competency in the areas of digital innovation, technology maturity, business model clarity, and market readiness;
(2) develop and communicate a clear, compelling, and actionable IoT strategy across the organization with executive support, funding from the top, and a mandate for cross-departmental collaboration;
(3) start small with early wins targeted at reducing risk and answering pressing questions early;
(4) look for opportunities to standardize and reuse common components across divisions and projects, and;
(5) close the knowledge gap by building the organization from the outside in — start with external help and in parallel develop internal core IoT competencies.

Finally, this talk concludes with a discussion about how smart connected products will redefine entire markets and the very nature of competition over the coming decade, and that the key to success tomorrow will be directly proportional to an organization’s ability to transform themselves into a digital enterprise today.


Mark Benson
CTO at Exosite

Mark Benson | CTO

As CTO, Mark Benson navigates emerging Internet of Things developments and leads the company’s technology strategy to fuel its industry leadership and growth. Prior to joining Exosite in 2012, Benson was the director of software strategy at Logic PD, where he was responsible for leading software product development and setting the overall software strategy for the company. Over the course of his career, Benson has led highly creative and multi-disciplined teams in the development of advanced embedded product designs for industrial, medical, aerospace, military, and consumer industries. Additionally, he has authored the book, “The Art of Software Thermal Management for Embedded Systems,” as well as several technical papers and articles. He also regularly speaks at industry conferences. Benson holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minnesota, and a master’s degree in software engineering from the University of Minnesota.


Session Tags

End-User, Government, Enterprise, Small / Medium Enterprise, OEM

organizational competency, IoT, digital innovation, Organizational IoT Competency, IoT Platform, connected products

CxO, VP / Director, Middle Management, Technical, Business Line Management, Operations




Manufacturing, Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, Industrials, Consumer, Automotive

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