Big Data and IoT: Changing Lives and Disrupting Traditions
Technology is ever evolving. While it might not be an actual living or breathing thing, it definitely is dynamic and active. From the minute that we are awake, right up to the second that we fall asleep, it is our companion for at least 50% of the day. All that has been changing. Technology has begun infiltrating and dominating every single part of our lives that within the next couple of years, demand for certain roles at the workplace will intensify.
Easily confused for the same thing, we seek to explain in this article what Big Data and IoT really is, why it is important to know of it, and what it ultimately means for you.
Big Data and IoT
Big Data and IoT work together and are a part of what is typically called the “connected world”.
Think of Big Data as a large amount of human-generated data collected online and analysed to show patterns, trends or forecast numbers that are usually related to human behavior. Take for an example, marketers can analyse data and segment the market according to their parameters better. It could be by age, amount spent or even purpose of purchase so that advertisements or marketing efforts can be better targeted.
IoT is an abbreviation for Internet of Things. Think of it as having real-time control over devices or machines which are connected to each other and your smartphone or “remote control” via the Internet. Most of these devices have sensors and work for a specific and short amount of time. Take for an example, using your smartphone to turn on your washing machine, light fixtures or the air conditioning system at home when you are riding the bus home from work.
As the fourth industrial revolution is currently in full swing, things at the workplace are about to get even more technical and streamlined. With Big Data and IoT playing a pivotal role on procedures at work, you can expect to see a surge in analysts as they are needed to read and interpret data. In tandem with this, developers (front-end, back-end and mobile) and cyber security engineers will still be in demand as the need to produce software, websites and applications increases.
Apart from technology centric roles, others in marketing, sales and customer service will also need to be able to read and understand the data - basics. Take sales for an example, Big Data will provide them an in-depth form of customer feedback that they read, interpret, and subsequently apply to strategies on how to formulate better pitches to customers.
What Does It Mean For Me?
With Big Data and IoT slating to stay, it means easier access to services, more in-depth knowledge of human behavior and more control over every aspect of your life. On the flip side, because it works using personal information and tracks online behavior, there is the constant risk of your personal data falling into the hands of the wrong people.
Learn it, know it and share it. Knowledge is the new king where technology and all its various forms or terms are concerned! But if Big Data and IoT aren’t really topics or careers that you are looking to explore, head on over here for more interesting articles like this one.