Re: Drones Go To Work For IT
This use case has gone a long way towards selling me on the concept of drones outside of niche industries, which I've previously been pretty skeptical about. It doesn't have to be this enormous investment, it doesn't have to revolutionize your industry. You can pick a specific project or a niche part of your overall business where it makes sense, use it there, and deliver some specific value with it. I still think the argument that IT in general needs to 'get out in front' of this is a little shaky - it's not like you should devote resources towards this in case your company needs drones in the future. Let the use case present itself, then act. Using an outside contractor speaks to this and makes sense to me. You can pay them by the day, and it's not just that you don't have to eat those ancillary costs like licensing or training - you don't even have to think about them.
I can see the use cases piling up. A drone might not be able to replace a human inspection on that $10,000 HVAC system, but it might be able to tell you whether or not you need to order one and save you a bunch of money. That project about showing a timelapse of a site being constructed sounds really cool and is a prime example of something that simply couldn't be done otherwise (not from those heights/angles). IT's role as stewards of the collected data becomes a lot more pronounced when we're talking about companies for whom this is not a core competency (one would think a retail development company is a prime example). They need to be ready to advise the business on the best options for their needs, the TCO, and have a firm handle on what the technology they purchase and install on the backend can and cannot do. I wonder if there'll be certifications for that.