As previously published in VMblog.com by Jason Andersen

With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), the shift towards edge computing is becoming effectively mandatory to deal with the large amount of data now flowing in due to all the connected “things.” Given this, we’re beginning to see companies realize the great business need and value there is in pushing computing power to the edge – from efficiency to scalability to cost reduction.

Edge computing will not only become a priority in the eyes of the C-suite – but also a part of their global risk management strategy

From the C-Suite perspective, edge computing is something that will help make business better and differentiate the company. Ergo, the importance of pushing computing power to the edge will be elevated in a massive way. Now that they start to realize that the production data is important – in terms of being able make optimizations or uncover new biz opportunities – the data and analytics being produced at the edge moves from a diagnostic IT maintenance tactic to something that is part of a global risk management strategy.

A great comparison here is how sales and marketing leadership have changed their way of operating due to Salesforce. The platform has become such a powerful tool for lead generation and lead management and has helped enable people to become more focused and directed in terms of go-to-market execution. I look at the data coming out of the edge and going into future platforms and infrastructure as something that will have the same impact – but on the production side of things, rather than the go-to-market side.