Intense interest in Edge Computing has grown rapidly over the past several years, and Gartner believes “…by year-end 2023, more than 50% of large enterprises will deploy at least six edge computing use cases deployed for IoT or immersive experiences, versus less than 1% in 2019.” As companies automate and digitally transform their core business operations, Edge Computing will be key to providing the real-time data processing and analysis required to create business intelligence and increase value.
The Cultural Shift
In a recent report titled “Exploring the Edge: 12 Frontiers of Edge Computing,” Gartner details how Edge Computing increases the possibilities, business promise and use cases of IoT significantly. We believe this is important because culturally we are shifting from simple connections powered by technology to more immersive, interactive, and natural connections. The benefits of Edge Computing, like decreased latency, better bandwidth management, and zero-touch operations are key to supporting these new expectations of how people, businesses, and things interact.
Business, Things, And People
Gartner has identified 12 Edge Computing use case categories, divided into three distinct interaction types. These are centered around Business, Things and People. In our opinion these interaction types drive activities like industrial automation, streaming video, financial transactions and smart meters. This can be helpful to organizations looking to build a strategy to support their digital transformation vision and create a strategy that includes multiple Edge Computing use cases, rather than treating each use case as a single deployment.
Creating an Edge Computing Strategy
We believe each organization will need to decide which use cases categories are most relevant to helping them reach their Edge Computing and Digital Transformation goals. IT and OT infrastructure managers should work with business leaders to identify opportunities for business value enabled by edge computing deployments as part of the overall digital business strategy. Building out a long-term multi-year plan for edge computing use case deployments, as well as developing guidelines and standards will help organizations choose the right vendors to achieve success.