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Which nation is best prepared for the IoT?

The global IoT index aims to help global and local IoT vendors identify what opportunities lie ahead for them

The countries have eclectic needs for the efficiciences the IoT can bring
The countries have eclectic needs for the efficiciences the IoT can bring

Australia was a stand-out country in the rankings, scoring highly in a number of criteria

Sheer GDP size alone is "not necessarily" the best predictor of a country's readiness

The USA, South Korea, and the UK rank as the three countries most ready to generate and benefit from the Internet of Things (IoT), while Australia also scores highly in a range of criteria, according to rankings from the International Data Corporation (IDC).


The market intelligence and advisory firm has announced its 2016 updated index ranking of the Group of 20 (G20) nations, which comprises of 13 criteria that IDC views as necessary for sustained development of the IoT and reflects each nation’s economic stature, technological preparedness, and business readiness to benefit from the efficiencies linked to IoT solutions.


The US scored well on measures such as ease of doing business, government effectiveness, innovation, and cloud infrastructure, as well as GDP and technology spending as a per cent of GDP.


South Korea, despite a modest GDP, scored well on IoT-specific spending and has a business environment that fosters innovation and promotes attractive investment opportunities. Similarly, the UK scored highly on measures of ease of doing business, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, start-up procedures, innovation, and broadband penetration.


IDC says “the stand-out” country in the ranking proved to be Australia, which, despite its relatively small GDP, scored exceptionally high on ease of doing business and start-up procedures, government effectiveness and regulatory quality, and innovation and education. It says Australia’s scores point to a country that has the necessary ingredients for a business environment that is ready for the growth of IoT.


"Countries are keen to become or maintain a competitive advantage and, as such, are looking to the Internet of Things as one of those initiatives," said Vernon, senior vice president, enterprise systems and IDC Fellow for The Internet of Things. "Knowing where a country stands in the IoT Index will help global and local IT vendors know what opportunities lie ahead of them as they line up their strategies at federal, local, and enterprise levels."


IDC proposes that the ideal set of countries ready to facilitate the accelerated development of IoT opportunities can be found in the G20. Not only do these countries exhibit a rich composition and quality of overall economic stature, business readiness, and technological preparedness, but they are also a set of countries with eclectic needs for the efficiencies that IoT solutions can create.


IDC predicts that the countries which score higher in the ranking will more likely have the magnitude of need for efficiencies that IoT solutions can create, will be more conducive for business and product innovation, and be more likely to have the mindset for and availability of technologies that align with IoT use cases.


"IDC’s assessment of the G20 nations’ capacity to develop IoT opportunities reveals some surprising results," added Adam Wright, senior research analyst, Internet of Things. "Not all countries are created equal, and sheer GDP size alone is not necessarily the best predictor of a country’s readiness for and ability to accelerate the development of the IoT."


The IDC study, G20 Nations and the IoT: A Comparative Assessment, provides a comparative assessment of the Group of Twenty (G20) nations according to their readiness for the continued adoption of the IoT and ability to facilitate its accelerated development in the near future.


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