Internet of Things (or IoT) has become the latest tech buzzword. What is this weird term everyone is talking and why should IT professionals care?
This is short: YOU SHOULD CARE because you can build your entire career around it. Cisco recently launched the IoT specialist certificate, which we’ll talk about later in this post.
What is the Internet of Things?
Internet of Things (also known as Cloud of Things) is the interconnection of devices with unique identifications (IPs). It allows data to be transferred over a network without the need for human-to human or computer-to-computer interaction. IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), the Internet and cloud computing. IoT can be used to refer to many devices, including home appliances like smart thermostats and washers, which use wifi for remote monitoring, medical devices such as heart monitoring implants, automobile-built-in sensors, and biochip transponders on farm animal.
Although the idea of having many devices online is not new, it has been around for decades. However, IPv6 and the endless possibilities of unique IPs is what is driving the IoT’s growth today.
Dr. John Barrett’s TED talk is a great explanation of the IoT.

How can I as an IT professional benefit from the IoT
Do you recall how, many years ago, everyone was talking about cloud computing and cloud computing? Putting ‘cloud’ on your LinkedIn profile would instantly boost your popularity with employers. It’s true with the IoT. It’s a topic that businesses keep talking about, but not everyone understands how to maximize it and make it monetizable. Many businesses believe they must store their IoT data. This is not true. This Forbes article offers some great insights.
IT workers who are interested in working in IT companies should know that the IoT represents one of the most significant market shifts manufacturing companies have experienced in recent history. The Internet of Everything Value Index estimates that the global economy will see more than $14 trillion in economic impact over the next 10 year. Global manufacturers have a $3.9 trillion opportunity in this timeframe.
Cisco IoT Certification
The IoT could be a great choice if you’re looking for a career in this field. Cisco released an IoT certification just days ago: The Cisco Industrial Networking Specialist certification. It is for IT and operational technology (OT), professionals who install, maintain and troubleshoot industrial networks in the manufacturing, process control and oil &gas industries. This credential certifies that the holder is capable of managing and administering industrial control systems. This credential provides plant managers, control system engineers, and traditional network engineers an understanding of the networking technologies required in today’s connected enterprises and plants.
This certification is different from other industrial networking programs. It tests both practical and theoretical knowledge through simulations. Cisco uses this method to ensure that candidates are prepared for real-world applications.
Although the Cisco Industrial Specialist certification does not require any formal prerequisites for candidates, they should have experience and knowledge in operations technology. Candidates must pass the 600-601 IMINS exam: Managing Industrial Networks using Cisco Networking Technologies to be eligible for this certification.
This exam covers the OSI layers in IP networks, networking devices such routers and switches, and cabling approaches; industrial devices such drives, PLCs and sensors, and substation eq