Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Service management firms missing out by not embracing M2M

Steve Rogerson
April 1, 2015
 
Service management organisations could miss out on vital business intelligence and lucrative new revenue streams, or fail to meet rising customer demands unless they embrace M2M technology. These are the findings of a white paper commissioned by service management software provider Advanced Field Service (AFS).
 
The worldwide M2M technology market is forecast to grow to £30bn by 2018 and is set to revolutionise the service management industry. However some businesses remain cautious about adoption due to limited time and resources, cost pressures and cultural resistance.
 
The survey highlights that only 43% of businesses are currently using M2M. Just over a quarter (26%) of respondents revealed they were considering M2M but in contrast 31% said they had no plans to do so.
 
“There is some confusion as to how M2M interplays with other technologies such as the internet of things, cloud, big data and mobile,” said Greg Ford, managing Director of UK-based AFS. “While there is no clarity about what M2M is, and the benefits it offers, adoption rates will be slower than anticipated. Many service organisations will need to wait for manufacturers to introduce the capabilities of M2M before they can take full advantage of it. For those who serve multiple manufacturer products, this can make planning and gaining access to data more difficult.”
 
M2M is effectively a subset of the IoT and wirelessly connects machines, devices and equipment to collect and transmit data such as location, movement, temperature and environment. Typical products enable the remote tracking of a business’ field-based assets, smart metering to monitor and control energy and utilities, and telematics systems to enhance service delivery performance through automated processes.
 
“M2M technology provides valuable insight into the performance of equipment, vehicles and field engineers,” said Ford. “With this crucial business intelligence, organisations can shift from reactive to predictive service, ensuring issues can be identified and resolved more quickly to meet rising customer expectations. M2M can also transform efficiency levels and increase profit margins. With rising costs and fierce competition continuing to impact the service industries, organisations who choose to overlook this technology may suffer a detrimental impact to their bottom line.”