Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

IMC interactive jobs board suits logistics IoT industry

Steve Rogerson
August 2, 2017
 
The IoT M2M Council (IMC) has launched an interactive jobs board that provides its members and the embedded industries at large with an easy-to-use and highly targeted resource for online employment connections.
 
The IMC Career Center focuses on companies in the IoT sector and both members and non-members can use it to reach qualified candidates at:
http://careers.iotm2mcouncil.org.
 
"We're pleased to be able to act as a career hub for the industry because we know how critical it is for employers in the IoT sector to attract first-rate talent with a minimum expenditure of time and resources," says Joel Young, who serves as IMC chairman and is CTO at Digi International. "And it's important to help enable smooth career transitions for those seeking industry jobs."
 
Thanks to a joint development agreement with human-resource service provider Boxwood Career Solutions, the IMC Career Center already contains close to 1000 career openings that are specific to the IoT industry.
 
Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily. They also benefit from online reporting that provides job activity statistics.
 
For job seekers, the IMC Career Center is a free service that provides access to employers and jobs in the IoT industry. In addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse and view available jobs based on their criteria and save those jobs for later review if they choose. Job seekers can also create a search agent to provide email notifications of jobs that match their criteria.
 
IoT executives are hungry for reference RFP documents that show them what is needed for a particular technology and for lists of vendors that comply with those RFPs, according to a survey by London-based trade group the IoT M2M Council (IMC).
 
The survey of IoT executives that buy software, hardware and connectivity to deploy connected devices shows that traditional request-for-proposal documents are fundamental to their procurement process.
 
As part of a larger RFP programme, the IMC plans on rolling out its first template RFP, specifically for IoT software platforms, in September.
 
With well over 100 executives responding to the survey, results included:

  • 73% of self-identified IoT buyers polled said generating an RFP and RFI was central to their procurement process.
  • 100% of buyers said they would find template RFP documents either very (67%) or somewhat (33%) useful, indicating that even those that didn’t use formal RFPs would find the documents useful.
  • 84% of buyers said they would find general-purpose RFPs useful – they needn’t be application specific.
  • 87% of buyers said they would find vendor reviews integrated into the RFPs to be useful.
For more information on the survey and the IMC’s new RFP programme, please click:
https://www.iotm2mcouncil.org/modelrfp
 
The London-based IMC is the largest and fastest-growing trade group dedicated to the global IoT and M2M sector, with more than 25,000 members joining since February 2014. Board member-companies include Aeris, Digi International, HPE, Ingenu, Inmarsat, Intel, Kore, Laird, Orbcomm, MultiTech, PTC, Re-Teck, Semtech, Sigfox, Telit, U-Blox, Verizon, Vodafone and Wipro.