By now, you’ve heard about the Internet of Things (IoT for short.) But just for fun, let’s recap.
According to Wikipedia, the Internet of Things is “the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data.”
However, with as quickly as things progress and evolve in the world of Information Technology, it was only a matter of time before the Internet of Things progressed and evolved, as well.
Enter the Internet of Anything and the Internet of Everything.
The Internet of Anything
When you’re talking about the Internet of Things, you’re talking about just that—things. In other words, physical objects, which are referenced in the definition above.
The Internet of Anything, on the other hand, goes beyond only physical objects. Companies have benefited so greatly from the accumulation of data, which resulted in the now commonly known phrase “Big Data,” that they certainly are not going to stop with physical objects.
Companies are motivated to cull data from just about any source. With the Internet of Anything, those sources expand to any source of data, whether they’re connected to a physical object (such as a car) or not.
The Internet of Things emphasizes the act of physical objects communicating data, while the Internet of Anything puts an emphasis on the data being communicated—regardless of its source.
The Internet of Everything
The Internet of Everything presents a more comprehensive viewpoint. Basically, it asks the question, “What or who is connected to the Internet?”
The importance of this question is rooted in the fact that the Internet of Things and the Internet of Anything do not necessarily include people. The Internet of Everything does include people. It is, after all, everything.
In addition to people, the Internet of Everything includes physical objects. However, it also includes two other components: data (the driving force behind the Internet of Anything) and processes.
The key, though, is that these components do not work independently of each other. They all connect and they all intersect, and that’s what makes it the Internet of Everything.
The proliferation of the Internet will grow by leaps and bounds over the next several years. Along the way, it will produce new and better employment opportunities for those seeking to grow their career and maximize their skills and earning potential.
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