The Internet of Things business Index


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Report Summary

The Internet of Things business index: A quiet revolution gathers pace is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by ARM. It is intended to gauge the current and future use of the Internet of Things by the global business community.

The inaugural IoT business index is based on a survey of 779 executives from around the world, conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit in June 2013. Survey respondents were asked to indicate the extent to which their companies currently make use of the IoT in their external products and services, and separately in their internal operations and processes (see Research Methodology for a full explanation).

The index is on a scale of 1 to 10. The scale represents five “stages” of IoT use: the highest or most advanced stage (a score of 9 or 10) equates to extensive use of the IoT, whereas the lowest stage (a score of 1 or 2) equates to non-existent (or virtually non-existent) use of the IoT. A score that lies between these stages indicates that businesses are transitioning from one stage to another.

At present, businesses worldwide are mainly in the research stage (at point 4 on a scale of 1 to 10), and they are slightly more likely to be using the IoT for internal operations and processes than in external products or services. By region, European businesses are fractionally out in front. Meanwhile, manufacturing leads the way among industries, with financial services bringing up the rear.

IoT business index


Why read this report

  • Three-quarters of companies (75%) are either actively exploring the IoT or already using it
  • Companies worldwide are currently in the research stage of the IoT business index (at point 4 on a scale of 1 to 10)
  • The majority opinion (61%) among senior executives is that companies slow to integrate the IoT into their business will fall behind the competition
  • Since 2012 only around 30% of organisations have seen double-digit growth in IoT investment
  • Three years from now, almost all senior executives (96%) expect their business to be using the IoT in some respect

The amount of patent applications is steadily growing and this should be an indicator of the importance of the topic to Honda. Filip Sergeys, head of ITS government relations and regulations, Honda Motor Europe

These IoT products become platforms for new business services, and with these additional services you can also generate new revenue streams. Either you do this yourself or somebody else will do it. Stefan Ferber, director for communities and partner networks for the Internet of Things and services, Bosch Software Innovations

Everyone can build [the IoT] into their products. It’s just a matter of finding a business model that works. Honbo Zhou, board director, Qingdao Haier


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