As per Gartner, the number of connected devices will reach up to 20.4 billion by 2020 including devices like smart TV’s, security cameras, and even homes. Of these, around 7.5 billion devices will be aligned to business applications and that’s where Industrial IoT comes into the picture. Industries with diverse interests are looking forward to employing Industrial IoT to improve operational efficiency, process automation, transforming manufacturing and supply chain performance. In order to harness the potential of IIoT, companies must develop a flexible framework, improve information sharing between teams, and leverage the expertise of knowledge vendors to complement their internal resources.
Regardless of the implementation strategy, companies entering the IIoT fray must be willing to learn. It is best to start small so that initial failures won’t have much effect on the business but rather provide insights to drive future decisions. Here are some essential tips to get started:
- Make a Commitment
Before making the way to IIoT, ensure the company and its end users are willing to use that data. IIoT projects involve a vast amount of data, and at first, it may not make any sense. Driven by specialized analytics systems, big data can be leveraged to draw insights to increase business revenues, effective marketing, better customer service and improved production efficiency. Opportunities are endless. Finding end users in your organization who are committed to devote their time and assist in the implementation of procedures to use the data effectively will ensure your IIoT project will be a success.
2. Don’t Get Distracted
IIoT is the next big industrial revolution that several existing technologies like advanced computing, cloud-based platforms, and intelligent sensors to help turn data into value. However, the field is ever changing and the industry is filled with numerous buzzwords and hype. At times, this can be overwhelming and cause distractions in your IIoT implementation. Remember to focus on developing basic systems first and deploying sensors prior to using cloud computing.
3. Merge IT and OT
Operational Technology and Information Technology have traditionally been isolated from each other. Breaking these silos is essential to enable data synergy that lies in the heart of Industrial IOT value proposition. The convergence of IT and OT will open doors of secure and reliable data sharing between the users. However, merging the infrastructures is a challenge and calls for aligning contrasting priorities of these 2 disciplines.
4. Involve Human Resource Early
Believe it or not, organizations that connect people first and then move forward to connect things will definitely have an edge in optimizing the operational efficiency of their manufacturing facility. Since people are important to bring out any major change in the organization, it is best to involve them right from the start. HR can definitely help people align with the objectives of this initiative and develop skills necessary to make the transformation to IIoT successful.
Migrating from an automation environment to Industrial IoT is not simple. However, implementation of IIoT can produce amazing results and better Returns on investment. The success of any IIoT implementation project lies in the willingness to function differently and acquiring necessary tools to support new work processes.