How are the Internet of Things and Big Data Related?

With connectivity becoming more and more necessary in our everyday working and social lives, we find ourselves with more devices connected to the Internet and together than ever. The need to have various devices connected and sharing data is now essential, for systems and communication within organisations to be clearer. The data transmitted by devices linked with the Internet is gathered for analysis, then patterns and trends are determined from this data gathering process to help the system perform well.

So, where do IoT and big data come in? In this post, we explain both of these, as well as their relationship.

The Difference Between Big Data and Internet of Things

What is IoT?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a reference to a collection of devices or objects that or linked together using an Internet connection. The hub for the collection (the “things” part) is what sends and collects data using the Internet, which is what helps the devices to make decisions and remember particular patterns and routines for action to be carried out without any manual involvement. If you would like to know more about the IoT things and how it could work within your business, please read our informative blog post for all further information.

What is big data?

Differing from IoT, big data is in reference to the process where structured and unstructured large quantities of data are analysed to gain insight into varying business patterns. Big data refers to data which is also too vast or complex to process using usual methods, including what’s known as the three V’s:

1. Volume:

The amount of data collected from a variety of sources

2. Velocity:

The rate of which data is being processed

3. Variety:

The different types of formats of data that are transferring across systems

How is Big Data and The Internet of Things Connected?

Once you can understand IoT and big data as separate solutions, you can appreciate why they work so closely with one another. When data is needed to be extracted for analysis reasons in a company, IoT is the source for that data; then big data can analyse and extract the relevant data to create the required information. As well as processing large amounts of data on a real time basis, big data then stores the information using various storage technologies, making big data invaluable when it comes to utilising IoT’s functionalities and the extraction of data.

Below is a small list of examples of what IoT and big data can show:

– hidden correlations

– unidentified patterns

– expose new trends

IoT and big data together are becoming an essential part of modern day business and its every day functioning. Should you wish to contact McKenna Consultants about their bespoke IoT solutions and the many benefits it can bring to your business, then please fill in our contact form below. Alternatively, you can read our case studies, to hear about the many years of reputable experience we have in the bespoke software industry.

Nick McKenna
Since 2004, Nick McKenna, BSc, MBCS Biography has been the CEO of McKenna Consultants. McKenna Consultants is a bespoke software development based in North Yorkshire, specialising in Cloud development, mobile App development, progressive web App development, systems integration and the Internet of Things development. Nick also holds a First Class Degree in Computer Science (BSc) and wrote his first computer program at the age of nine, on a BBC Micro Model B computer. For the last 21 years, Nick has been a professional computer programmer and software architecture. Nick’s technical expertise includes; Net Core, C#, Microsoft Azure, Asp.Net, RESTful web services, eProcurement, Swift, iOS mobile development, Java, Android mobile development, C++, Internet Of Things and more. In addition, Nick is experienced in Agile coaching, training and consultancy, applying modern Agile management techniques to marketing and running McKenna Consultants, as well as the development of software for clients. Nick is a Certified Enterprise Coach (Scrum Alliance), SAFe Program Consultant (SAI), Certified LeSS Practitioner (LeSS) and Certified Scrum@Scale Practitioner. Outside the office, Nick is a professional scuba diver and he holds the rank of Black Belt 5th Dan in Karate.