IIoT: Think Mindful Transformation

IIoT and Mindful Transformation
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The industrial internet of things (IIoT) promises to be one of the most disruptive technologies to impact the industrial world since the rise of the internet itself. As Primitive Logic shared in our recent webinar “Keeping the Gears in Motion: How IIoT Drives Predictive Maintenance,” predictive maintenance is just one of the many areas in which IIoT is changing the way industrial organizations operate. (If you were unable to join us for the webinar, click here to view the replay.)

In a recent article in Industry Week, Canonical Group’s Tom Canning notes that, despite the considerable benefits IIoT offers, most enterprises can ill afford to execute a full “rip-and-replace” of existing systems, which would not only be prohibitively expensive, but also endanger service continuity. The key to integrating IIoT successfully, Canning writes, lies in “integrating new connected technologies into their existing ecosystems, establishing and bootstrapping a digital layer onto their physical world.” In other words, enterprises need to think in terms of a mindful transformation.

What this article calls an “evolutionary” perspective on IIoT aligns closely with Primitive Logic’s philosophy of mindfulness, in which we make the best use of existing assets before recommending new investments and design a roadmap to achieve specific goals.

Our mindful approach was evident in the case study we presented in our IIoT webinar, in which we connected our client’s existing hardware to internet-facing devices that can transmit data and relay instructions through a dynamic, flexible cloud network. Because Primitive Logic found ways to leverage assets already in place, the client was in a position to realize a positive return on their investment more quickly and with less disruption.

As is the case with any new technology, it can be tempting to want to “go all in” and tear down the old to make room for the new. By taking a mindful approach and starting with what they have, enterprises can reap the benefits of IIoT while also safeguarding service continuity and controlling costs.

Questions about implementing IIoT in your organization? Just give us a call.

Kevin Moos, June 2018