Internet of things
Internet of Things

We help clients unlock value by digitizing the physical world

Sensors and ubiquitous connectivity, combined with data and analytics, open up new opportunities to innovate products and services and to increase the efficiency of operations. This digitization of the physical world—or Internet of Things (IoT)—creates new value for our clients and for their customers.

The Internet of Things presents an enormous opportunity to transform the way we live and do business. McKinsey’s Global Institute predicts IoT will have an economic impact of between $4 trillion and $11 trillion by 2025. Companies can capture value by creating new revenue streams from providing connected solutions and services to consumers and enterprises and by reducing costs in operations. Much of the IoT data currently captured, however, is under leveraged. We take an integrated approach to digitizing the physical world to create new insights and business models and to unlock real value for our clients.

100+ large client engagements

in the past 2 years

75+ IoT-dedicated senior practitioners

and partners across industries and geographies

10+ industries served

on IoT-related engagements

Our Key offerings

IoT Connected products

Connected Products and Services

Product connectivity and sensor augmentation allow companies to envision and launch completely new products and services
IoT Next Gen ops

Next-Gen Operations

Digitizing operations offers the potential for step-change improvements in quality, productivity, and safety
IoT business building

IoT Business Building

IoT can also create opportunities to build completely new businesses, as part of a larger company or on a standalone basis

How we work with clients

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We typically conduct the following five types of projects, partnering with clients wherever they are on the IoT journey.

Use-case identification and prioritization

Help clients understand the strategic context and full economic picture before embarking on an IoT journey

Proof of concept

Work with clients to build prototypes to demonstrate the IoT value and clarify their digital roadmap

Agile lab: from idea to minimum viable product

Empower client teams to deliver a fully-functioning commercial/ operational application

Scaling up operations or business change

Execute classic large-scale implementation of products/solutions through organizational change and capability building

IoT/Digital Factory buildout

Help clients become self-sufficient by standing up their IoT/Digital Factories through recruiting, training and organizational development

Why McKinsey?

Value-focused

Our leading industry and functional expertise, combined with our understanding of technological possibilities, uniquely-position us to identify value creation opportunities from IoT for our clients

Full-stack technology expertise

We help companies develop IoT use cases and deliver solutions at-scale by augmenting their team with our end-to-end expertise and capabilities across the technology stack

Transformation capabilities

Scaling up successful IoT pilots to capture value at-scale can be challenging. We assure value delivery by bringing business transformation capabilities and underwriting the delivery risk.

Technology-agnostic

Our sole goal is to accelerate your scale-up by using the best technology or platform necessary. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all service model. Often the best solution may be completely customized, or it might involve incorporating a tool from one of the thousands of other solutions providers.

Build-Operate-Transfer

We help clients with standing up IoT/Digital Factories by providing a starting team by seconding experienced McKinsey partners and consultants. Then we help with further scaling up by recruiting talent, training and developing the organization.

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