It’s become clear in the past few years that few technologies live in a vacuum. They’re more likely to be connected or related and sharing data, which is why it’s always better to think of the enterprise holistically rather than in silos. (Imagine how much more efficiently the federal government would run if it stored one record of each citizen, rather than one at the Internal Revenue Service, another at the Social Security Administration, another at the Transportation Security Administration, and so on.)
That’s also why you’re hearing the term SMAC bandied about more recently. That’s the amalgam of social, mobile, analytics, and cloud, because the four work better together than individually.
Similarly, the close sibling of analytics, big data, also feeds off the Internet of Things. Admittedly, I think we’re much further along with big data than we are with the Internet of Things, especially since, as Forbes contributor Gil Press noted wryly earlier this year, the Internet of Things has surpassed big data on the Gartner hype curve.