Use the super computer in your pocket for new levels of productivity

Anyone with a smartphone or tablet can now connect securely in an industrial setting to access performance metrics and data analytics. 

You can use any digital device to easily access performance metrics and data analytics from your plant floor and machines.

How are you using that freedom?

Your smartphone is now as powerful as your desktop. That mobility is more than viewing a webpage or report on your tablet; it is a fundamental shift in how we live our lives.

Seventy per cent of us carry a smartphone or tablet into the office. We are mobile.

Yet many of us still live as if the world is flat. You know the analogy. For thousands of years people lived like they would fall off the edge of the earth if they ventured too far from what they knew. Then we realized the world is a sphere, and that opened a world of possibility.

Since the 1980s, we have used the Purdue Enterprise Reference Architecture to define clear layers between systems. Our first shot at mobility was to replicate a web browser in a Palm Treo. It was a good start, but it fell short of the ultimate user experience.

Some people are using the latest devices to extend 20-year-old technology. That type of mobility is resulting in very small increases in productivity, in the range of one to two per cent.

I suggest a loftier goal for mobility —10 per cent — and for everyone in the plant, not just one or two people.

It is possible because we now have the technology that lets people do things they could not do before while reducing the cost of curiosity to literally zero.

Now, anyone with a device can connect securely, expand their area of influence, deploy a system more quickly and achieve quicker time to value.

I call that the fourth dimension of mobility. It is thinking outside the spherical world, to the place where we get mobile productivity to everyone with zero friction — download and go. Every role. Every day.

When you drive usage of data across your organisation for frictionless productivity, when you move between devices seamlessly, and when you are more responsive, that is how you bring productivity improvement into double digits.

With your smart device, you can move across the layers and move beyond the Purdue model, into the fourth dimension.

It is a one-app strategy. Your smartphone becomes your server and your client. Coupling intelligence software with mobile applications allows you to access data, and personalise and share it for new levels of collaboration and productivity — beyond anything you have imagined.

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