Independent IT professionals from the UK’s contracting community would do well to hone their internet of things (IoT) skills, a new study by software development firm Spiceworks implies.

71% of the 400 IT professionals polled in the survey believe that the IoT will have an impact on their business; however, well over half (59%) have taken no action to prepare for the rising phenomenon.

Of the 41% who were preparing, 68% were concentrating on upgrading hardware infrastructure, 63% on improved security and 55% on the potential bandwidth shortages the phenomenon may cause.

A large majority of the IT pros polled said that the IoT was already ‘very visible’ in the workplace. 68% support two or more devices for each employee; however, over half appear to be ignoring the changes that this could bring, including the matter of how to manage the security issues posed by the increasing uptake of bring your own device (BYOD).

Spiceworks’ voice of IT program manager, Kathryn Pribish, said: “The data technology trends we’ve seen emerge over the past few years, like BYOD, coupled with the IoT will have a dramatic impact on how IT professionals do their jobs. IT professionals understand the inevitability of the IoT but the reality is, though the impact will be gradual, resource-strained IT departments and others who haven’t jumped on the IoT bandwagon will be playing catch-up if they don’t adequately prepare.”

Umbrella Company Employees with the requisite skills could well be about to see a war for their talents breaking out.

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