by Wanda Curlee
The Internet of Things (IoT) will change the cell phone landscape.
For many years, the smartphone has been our link to apps. We could lock our cars, play games, spy on our pets—the list is almost exhaustive.
But, I am constantly brought back to a question of whether or not smartphones will always be necessary—or will they become obsolete as more IoT devices are created that combine the hardware, software and user interface into one place.
Is this pie in the sky? Based on how our technology is rapidly progressing (which I started discussing in my last post), I don’t think so.
As Maurice McGinley, design director for Amsterdam-based AVG Innovation Labs said, “Instead of having one universal device—your smartphone—controlling your environment, you would have simple controls placed where you need them, available when you need them.”
While I have no insight into the strategic direction of the companies developing smart devices, I would contend this is the direction they will be going.
And this is great for the project management discipline.
Smartphone manufacturers and network providers (Verizon, AT&T, etc.) will need to change or broaden focus, and that means investing in new projects and programs. And the portfolio manager will need to ensure the projects and programs are on the roadmap to deliver the right value for the enterprise.
Smart device manufacturers will need to figure out how to provide a friendly user interface similar to the mobile experience.
The project management discipline would be used in a similar way as the cell phone industry. The portfolio manager should scan the enterprise for projects and programs that meet the need. If there are none or not enough to help drive the strategy, the portfolio manager needs to work with the portfolio sponsor to determine the issues. The project and program managers would deliver the capabilities needed.
So, where will you be when the industry is stood on its head? How will you help to focus the IoT to deliver the right technology for consumers and companies?
Project practitioners that truly understand their industry and where it is going can be drivers of that change.