Top five trends to build a winning IIoT strategy

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Developing an IIoT project is extremely complex and expensive, unless you have the right partner to streamline the process. The experts at Global Automation explain.

To be disruptive, an IIoT solution should offer features that let you use it immediately just in a few mouse clicks, so you can go forward generating value and keeping focused on your business. 

#1 Software-as-a-Service will be standard 

As for IoT application trends, Software-as-a-Service is seen as a hot topic of discussion. SaaS is a service model. In this model, the service provider provides the desired application and makes a library of bricks available to clients via the Internet. This helps organisations to outsource IT applications. 

The development of the whole IIoT solution requires a lot of time and a lot of money before having it completed, the risk of failure is very high.  

Choosing a SaaS solution means you can remain focused on your core business and developing new digital business models with high added value thanks to the features available. 

Be aware about the difference between SaaS vs PaaS, you are probably looking for a turnkey solution (SaaS). Platform as a service (PaaS) instead is a complete development and deployment environment in the cloud, with resources that enable you to design and deliver basically everything. It needs time, mindset, strategy, skills and resources to build up an exploitable solution for the user. 

A SaaS is the solution ready to use. You do not need to maintain and upgrade a SaaS, every future update is usually included in the service. 

#2 End-to-End is strategic 

A complete IIoT solution must fit the needs of the full stack, from the field to KPI.  

When diving deeply into the world of IoT, one might easily find that different knowledge is required to build a solution. Key elements are: 

  • Interface between the data source and the IoT hardware
  • IoT gateway
  • Transmission channel
  • Internet connection
  • Cloud backend
  • Cloud front end
  • Data visualisation
  • Data analytics

The development of an IoT solution is complicated. That is the reason why a validated combination between hardware and software is strictly recommended. 

Choose only tested solutions that can grant the peace of mind.   

#3 Turnkey is the new norm 

The -zero time to market- strategy lets you immediately get benefits from your platform, connect the hardware, select the data you want to expose and set up a dashboard to be shared with your colleagues. 

The solution should provide data storage with a no-code configuration, and in a few seconds from your request the result has to be available. 

Furthermore, with this approach you can get the right timing! Avoiding reaching the market too late. The quicker you arrive, the more opportunities you will have. 

The market is looking for something ready-to-be-used to promote an innovative service, also in white label and in the fastest way with the least possible investment. 

#4 Easy User Experience (as in B2C market) 

Offering an easy UX means you can use the software platform without being a data scientist or having specific technical skills. 

The IIoT platform should be configured and accessed anywhere and anytime, and you can change parameters and set points just with the app. 

The goal is having an UX that can be used at different levels: the technician, the company management, the facility manager, the developer, and the systems integrator. 

To ensure consistency of experience across the way an IIoT platform is used all the features included should have the same simplicity of use. 

Also, the platform should offer some features for its administration, tools configuration and others for the data extraction and visualisation, targeting all the different levels of possible users. 

#5 Create value from your own data 

Starting from your data, the IIoT platform should offer a set of features that let you manage, sort and group them, create KPIs and alarms. 

At this point you will be able to extract value and develop new digital businesses for: 

Corporate level 

  • Enhance process awareness and information sharing
  • Increase customer loyalty and competitive advantage
  • Higher service level experienced by the end-user
  • Reduce litigation thanks to a clear and shared database

R&D and product development 

  • Enable proactivity and data sharing between R&D and operations departments 
  • Analyse objective field data and improve product design with an easier defect resolution
  • Foster product innovation

Sales and marketing 

  • Unlock potential revenue and offer additional high value services
  • Improve the appeal of your product with cool and attractive IoT features

Aftersales 

  • + 200per centManaged plants per employee thanks to higher efficiency 
  • – 58per centOn-site interventions thanks to predictive (not reactive) maintenance 
  • 80per cent Machine downtime in one year 

View-It & Flexy 

A complete solution for the Industrial IoT world with a -Zero Time to Market – can let you focus without distractions on your business. Flexy and Rilheva is the perfect combination to get into Industrial IoT world  in the fastest way.