We are one of those countries that never lacked of Blueprints, Strategic Papers, Frameworks, Concept Papers. Many countries around the world love to visit Malaysia and listened to our ideas and initiatives. And many of them have successfully duplicated, replicated or copied our initiatives back home. Thanks to Malaysia.
Personally, I felt its good to have a "top-down" approach with all the relevant stakeholders committed to the strategic directions with a caveat that we shouldn't keep on changing the directions for every 3-5 years. National initiatives require a long term vision. We might not achieve it in our generation, but we can see the fruits of our labour probably in our next generation.
Multimedia Super Corridor initiated in 1996 is one of the strategic initiatives to become an ICT leader and move Malaysia to the next level as a Knowledge Society. Maybe some of the proposed applications seems to be far ahead of its time since most of the infrastructure such as broadband has not reached its maturity and required speed. However, we have to take note, ICT is fast moving technology. We have seen our mobile networks transform from 1G to 4G in such a fast pace. Web has become more intelligent. Higher upload speeds enable us to become the source of the content. We published images, videos to Flickr, Youtube, Vine, etc. Internet has reached an IPv4 saturation and thus we have no choice but to adopt IPv6.
"Things" have started to communicate with each other. Wearable devices, smart homes, vehicle tracking, intelligent buildings are part of the new era of Internet of Things (IoT). Whether we like it or not, whether there is a National IoT Blueprint or not, we have to embrace IoT or risk being left behind.
Its part of the understanding process to really understand what is actually IoT. However, we can't always continuing arguing among ourselves the perfect definition of IoT. Many countries have passed that phase of definition.
In order not to be left behind for another 15 more years, we have to change the way we think, change the way we work and change the way we embrace inevitable. Here's the 10 DO's:
- DO an IoT plan
- DO have an IoT budget
- DO understand the impact of IoT
- DO get a CEO buy-in
- DO change the process
- DO have the right people
- DO try IoT app even its small
- DO learn from others
- DO believe in IOT
- DO before others DO
What steps have you taken to embrace IoT?
You can contact the author, Dr. Mazlan Abbas, CEO of REDtone IOT Sdn Bhd, Malaysia via the below Social Media links: