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One vertical market where commercial and consumer technologies are coming together is with home health care, the panelists said.
Dynamic Sound Systems has completed projects with senior citizen living facilities where automation and notification systems, such as pressure sensors under the carpet by the bed, can quickly alert a responder if something happens or audio/video solutions can help family members keep in touch, Hersh said. "Home health care is one of the most open industries right now," he said.
Even if MSPs aren't interested in selling the hardware, the process of integrating it into an IT stack and then managing the devices, represents the big opportunity, Comptia's Thibodeaux reminded the Autotask audience.
"It goes back to collaboration and complementary skill sets. If you're thinking of getting into these skill sets, find companies your area, buy the owner a cup of coffee and find skill sets that might complement what you do. That's best way as opposed to doing a tremendous amount of work yourself. Get in touch with them and build a network [of partners]," he said.