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How We See IIoT and Digital Transformation

Explore our thinking on the creation of smart digital factories; speed to value; connectivity, app development, big data, analytics value and the impact of IoT on manufacturing.

A(nalog) to D(igital), Part 2: From Concept to Creation – The Making of a Digital Factory

In our last post, “From A(nalog) to D(igital) in 4 steps!” we discussed four common objectives of companies on their journey to digital transformation.

So, how does an organization get from concept to a full digital replica of their operation? What are the tangible steps to create a true digital factory that brings the ROI that companies desire in order to remain competitive – one that creates actionable insight, significantly reduces downtime, dramatically improves plant productivity and efficiency, and averts problems before they happen?

From A(nalog) to D(igital) in 4 steps!

Over the past several years we’ve interacted and brainstormed with executives, managers and employees in hundreds of organizations on multiple continents and in a variety of industry verticals. As we get to know these companies and learn about their wants, needs, opportunities and challenges – particularly as it pertains to transitioning into the digital world of IoT – there are a handful of similar, recurring themes that seem to characterize the majority of enterprises.

It’s a Brave New World. Are we ready for it?

I predict that one day your toaster will talk to your fridge and alert you when you are running out of bread, and your fridge will not only have the ability to self-heal/fix itself but will be smart enough to predict that you will run out of milk based on your pattern

Smart Digital Factories

No matter what industry you’re in, every moving part within your factory relies on every other moving part. Your machines rely on operators. Operators rely on scheduling. Scheduling relies on maintenance. Maintenance relies on the parts department. Parts relies on inventory suppliers. Suppliers rely on shipping. And all of them rely on data.

Speed to Value

Today, almost everything demands an immediate response. In our fully connected world, businesses and consumers are expecting solutions faster than ever – wanting the next best thing now. The market place is continually evolving, which is why the responses to its demands need to come just as fast.

Connectivity, Sharing and Democracy

Since the Internet debuted in the 80’s, it has had seismic global impact by enabling ubiquitous connectivity and information-sharing around the world. This so-called first tech revolution was followed by the advent of mobile devices in the 90s, the second tech revolution. Then along came the social cloud.

Big Data & Analytics Value

The discussion around deriving insight and value from Big Data & Analytics is perhaps, the single most discussed topic between business and technology leaders. Well executed data strategies use predictive and prescriptive analytics to reveal trends, identify anomalies, surface business opportunities and threats and forecast and/or prevent an event based on the historical trends.

From Buzz to Business Value

By 2020 there will be billions of IOT connected devices and trillions of IOT invested dollars. The precise numbers don't really matter. Huge, mega-vendors like GE, Intel, Dell, IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, Amazon, and HP have announced massive investment and reorganization to realign themselves around IoT. We know the market is massive.

Making It Real: Big Solutions, Not Just Big Ideas

The blogosphere and media are replete with postings and articles about how the IoT/IoE will transform and automate everyday life.  Lots of “someday my prince will come.”  But, few real princes on white horses have yet to arrive. So, instead of “IoE Fantasy Island,” our Decisyon Blog focuses on what is real, today. We’ll point you to transformations that are actually being implemented. And, how they might help you think through your company’s IoE strategy.

All Thunder, No Lightning

Today, Salesforce announced IoT Cloud, its shot at the IoT market.  At its center is Thunder, a massively scalable, real-time event-processing engine. And, once again, it’s all about processing lots of data…. Just like every vendor trying to create IoT offerings.

But processing large amounts of data from smart devices, IT systems and web services is simply the start.  It’s not a solution.  It’s not enough to build a solution.

What’s missing? “Everything.”