Gartner forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide this year, and that number is expected to reach 20.4 billion by 2020. Recognize this statistic? It might just be one of the most overused data points in the technology media landscape. The reason for the use? There’s a vast amount of uncertainty around internet of things (IoT) technology, and all anyone can confidently articulate is that they know for certain “things” will connect in the future.