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Survey Findings Link Access and Analysis of Data with Success of IoT Projects

BARCELONA – Mobile World Congress – March 2, 2015 – ParStream, the IoT analytics company, today released findings from an independent survey on the current state of IoT projects in the enterprise. Key findings indicate that IoT projects vary widely, but face similar challenges related to the collection and analysis of the IoT data.

See “ParStream Advances IoT Analytics with New Release and the First Appliance Built for Edge Analytics” for details on ParStream’s technology announcement from today.

The survey, conducted by Dimensional Research, queried more than 200 technology and business professionals responsible for IoT projects. The goal of the survey was to understand experiences and impacts of using the data captured by the devices that make up the Internet of Things and focused on the untapped potential of IoT data.

“The intersection of IoT and Big Data is creating tremendous business opportunity, but the reality of today’s projects is that this potential has yet to be fully tapped,” said Diane Hagglund, principal at Dimensional Research. “The research goal was to understand the experience and impact, from the IoT stakeholder point of view, of using the data generated by the devices that make up the Internet of Things.”

Respondents were split nearly down the middle in classifying their IoT project. While 53 percent described the goal as optimizing existing business – increasing employee productivity, improving customer experience or reducing operation costs, for example – just under half characterized their IoT project as a strategic business investment.

Most challenges cited in IoT projects revolved around the data. While the majority of projects involve data collection (83 percent), few of the respondents (8 percent) are actively capturing and analyzing that data in a timely manner. More than half (58 percent) say they are doing some analytics, but know they can do better. Of those surveyed, 86 percent report that faster and more flexible analytics would help to increase the ROI of IoT investments.

Summary of Key Survey Findings:

IoT projects vary widely, but all have challenges.
• 53 percent are using IoT projects to optimize existing businesses and 47 percent as a strategic business investment
• Target audiences for IoT solutions include consumers (42 percent), business (54 percent) and internal use by employees (51 percent)
• 96 percent have faced challenges with their IoT projects

IoT is not delivering full potential because of data challenges.
• Only 8 percent are fully capturing and analyzing IoT data in a timely fashion
• 86 percent of stakeholders in business roles say data is important to their IoT project
• 94 percent face challenges collecting and analyzing IoT data

Better IoT data collection and analysis would deliver more value.
• 70 percent say they would make better, more meaningful decisions with improved data
• 86 percent report that faster and more flexible analytics would increase the ROI of their IoT investments

Full survey findings are available in the Dimensional Research report: “Internet of Things (IoT) Meets Big Data and Analytics – a Survey of IoT Stakeholders.” To view or download a free copy of the report, go to:

An infographic of the survey is also available at:

“The research points to ongoing challenges in IoT projects, but also the potential of better analytics to increase ROI,” said ParStream CEO Peter Jensen. “While a massive amount of data is being produced by IoT devices and applications, improving the speed and flexibility of data capture and analytics would help to identify actionable outcomes more quickly and thereby invigorate IoT projects.”

Survey Methodology
In January 2015, business and technology professionals responsible for IoT projects were invited to participate in an online survey topic of leveraging data captured by the devices that make up the Internet of Things. Participants were asked a series of questions about their role in IoT projects, as well as business goals, challenges and use of data. A total of 203 individuals participated in the survey. Participants represented a wide range of geographies, company sizes and vertical industries.

About Dimensional Research

Dimensional Research® provides practical market research to help technology companies make their customers more successful. Researchers are experts in the people, processes and technology of corporate IT and understand how corporate IT organizations operate. We partner with our clients to deliver actionable information that reduces risks, increases customer satisfaction and grows the business. For more information, visit

About ParStream
ParStream is the industry’s leading IoT analytics platform company. The ParStream analytics platform was purpose-built for scale to handle the massive volumes and high velocity of IoT data. ParStream’s platform delivers a new breed of analytics for the enterprise, such as Geo-Distributed Analytics, which enables analytics at the edge. ParStream has earned multiple accolades including the M2M Evolution IoT Excellence Award, CIO Magazine #1 Big Data Startup, and Gartner Cool Vendor. ParStream is based in Silicon Valley, online at and on Twitter @ParStream.

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