IoT ABCs: Understanding the Basics of IoT Device Management 

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Updated: Aug 14, 2022

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand on the robust, pocket-sized, portable devices employees and customers use. As a result, organizations need to develop management plans with standardized protocols. 

IoT device management reduces human error, increases and simplifies automation, and adds scalability to ecosystems. Several techniques improve IoT device management. 

Manage restrained resources

All too often, IoT involves edge devices in resource-constrained environments. Developers can use helpful tools from organizations like SUSE to ensure streamlined user experiences. However, ignoring IoT resources worsens the problem as customers and employees want access to more devices and intelligent connections. 

Recognize the push and pull of IoT resources

IoT device management opens opportunities for automation using efficient business models to pull businesses toward more IoT use. As companies move toward using IoT, consumers want to connect more devices. When businesses don’t touch the new devices, but the employees want them, the organization ends up with IT issues. 

Configure devices automatically

IT departments need protocols to onboard devices and configure them immediately. The device requires a name, a location, and a role within the organization. All too often, companies skip onboarding and configuration steps, leaving devices open to potential hacking. 

Managing devices improves scalability

Organizations need to build their management protocols around scalability. As companies need more things, managing the devices shouldn’t become burdensome. Advanced platforms should ease processes organizations use to add technology through automated operations.

When onboarding devices, they need automatic processes that assign identities, check credentials, and add authentication protocols for scalability. 

Security is always an issue

As IT departments add more devices, they must be secure. Each device opens an opportunity for a hacker to access information. Therefore, devices must be protected as soon as they are onboarded. Organizations should develop protocols that give users instant access to secure devices by pushing a button. 

Develop standardized and automated diagnostic protocols

IT departments must build diagnostics protocols so users can analyze the device without bogging down the IT experts. Having a centralized IT management and diagnostics system gives the IT department time to work on more critical problems. The protocols need to monitor for security breaches to protect the organization continuously. 

The diagnostic protocols should include automated over-the-air updates and onboarding so users won’t have to bring their devices to the IT staff for every issue that arises. 

Organizations can reduce IT workload by providing remote troubleshooting protocols. Many organizations manage troubleshooting through integrated portals where users can access information and flowcharts. 

Creating end-of-life policies

Eventually, devices become useless, and organizations need policies to close their lives. The steps show users how to retire a device with clear explanations for decommissioning and recycling them to reduce the organization’s electronic waste. 

Wrap up

The process of managing IoT devices includes several systems. Organizations must develop policies for onboarding, authenticating, security, monitoring, maintaining, and repairing intelligent devices. With users having several devices, companies need to take the time to organize their protocols to reduce stress on the IT department. 


Sophia Rodreguaze


Sophia is the contributing editor at She writes about anything and everything related to technology.

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