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PTC x IoT ONE Industrial IoT Spotlight Podcast EP044: How to Marry the Business and the Technology – An Interview with Stephanie Mikelbrencis & Steve Sangster of Brock Solutions DETAILS
Friday, Nov 30, 2018

*This episode of the Industrial IoT Spotlight podcast is sponsored by PTC

In this episode, we define what “real-time” means for software solutions, and the 3 key factors for digital success.

What does “real-time” mean for customers? What are the key challenges of the digital transformation? How can software providers and system integrators help customers in their digital transformation journey?

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Real-time solutions are mission critical regardless of whichever layer it is in. The solutions have to work; they are in the operations and control levels and they are controlling the operations. Real-time solutions bring together the product lifecycle, automation, and software realms.
  • The major problem most clients are facing is the inability to define and support digital transformation. 
  • “Digital” is commonly used as a catch-all term to describe all the integration needed to address typical challenges such as efficiency and supply chain coordination.
  • For each individual problem, different technologies could be considered and implemented. However, it is difficult to select which technology to use based on technical specifications only.
  • In reality, the existing infrastructure is not adequate. For example, there may be a mismatch of technology between the various acquisitions, businesses, and divisions that a company has.
  • Solution providers can take a multi-disciplinary approach combining consulting and workflow processes to help the client define and understand the scope of work.  
  • It is not easy to understand and translate business requirements into technical software requirements. Demonstrating software or business processes using a “day in the life of” approach, so that each party can understand the requirements in their own vocabulary, facilitates the alignment of business and technical requirements.
  • It is crucial to marry the business and the technology for successful digital transformation. Three factors are key: 
  1. The benefits of the initiative should be clearly defined, and used to create the scope of work.
  2. Executive buy-in is crucial to motivate people to use digital technologies. The use of digital technologies creates a channel for people to see the value created by themselves.
  3. Value must be created quickly and tracking must be consistent, so that customers do not need to wait to see value and the possibly of project abandonment is reduced.

Brock Solutions is an engineering solutions and professional services company specializing in the design, build and implementation of real-time solutions for broad based industrial/manufacturing and transportation/logistics organizations globally.

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PTC x IoT ONE EP043: How to Build Connected Apps for Digital Transformation Across the Entire Organization with Platforms – An Interview with Howard Heppelmann of PTC
Friday, Nov 09, 2018

*This episode of the Industrial IoT Spotlight podcast is sponsored by PTC

In this episode, we discuss what digital transformation means for traditional companies, the opportunity and risks it presents, and how to successfully drive it within organizations.

Our interview with Howard Heppelmann, General Manager of PTC’s Connected solutions business, aims to answer four key questions: What are the key challenges of digital transformation? What are the best practices in app development to drive digital transformation in organizations? What are the 4 technologies that will disrupt traditional businesses, and how?

PTC’s leading industrial innovation platform and solutions turn Industry 4.0 possibility into reality. Learn more about PTC's solutions with the ABI Report on Smart Manufacturing Platforms.

Key Takeaways:

  • Digital transformation enables companies to go from a rear-view approach to present and future real-time optimization of their businesses
  • IIoT app development no longer has to lie with the IT department, or within certain silos. Citizen developers in the business or operations can develop apps that are most closely aligned with their individual business objectives.
  • The traditional approach to app development results in individual departments hitting ceilings and failing to achieve synergy because individual departments optimize their own silos. Platforms are able to connect various apps and pool data so that the entire organization has transparent views and each department’s optimization can also benefit others.
  • The four technologies that will disrupt traditional businesses are: 
  1. IoT and analytics: the convergence of IT and OT to utilize data with analytics improve productivity
  2. Augmented reality: the empowerment of workers in highly labor intensive operations to become more efficient
  3. Additive manufacturing: the disruption that breaks the design and operational constraints of traditional manufacturing approaches and cascades down the value chain
  4. Digital technology platforms: the integration of technologies and applications in one plane that allows companies to move at greater speeds
  • IIoT will transform industries, companies, and products, Traditional companies need to clearly define what digital transformation means for them and the value they bring to market or risk becoming obsolete.
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PTC x IoT ONE EP042: How to Deploy Transformative IIoT Solutions at Scale – An Interview with Jeff Miller of PTC
Tuesday, Nov 06, 2018

*This episode of the Industrial IoT Spotlight podcast is sponsored by PTC

In this episode, we discuss pilot purgatory in industrial IoT deployments and how to build scalable IIoT solutions.

What is the difference between proof-of-concept (POC) and proof-of-value (POV)? What are the 6 steps to IoT deployment success? What are the 3 essential components for building a successful IoT use case?

Jeff Miller is the Vice President of Advisory Services at PTC. The Advisory Services practice delivers pragmatic, actionable, success-focused advice that leverages PTC's industry leadership in IoT technologies and business solutions.

Key Takeaways:

  • Proof of Concept (POC) is the proof that the technology will work technically in the existing organizational infrastructure and processes.
  • Proof of Value (POV) is the conclusion that problems have been addressed and value has been created and measured.
  • The gap between the POC and POV is the root cause of pilot purgatory scenario in which pilots fail to scale into organization-wide implementation.
  • There are 6 steps to successfully implementing IoT, and it is important that these steps are done in order: 1) Business strategy alignment, 2) Feasibility check (technologically and culturally), 3) Technology alignment (POC), 4) Use case identification, 5) Roadmap building, 6) Value measurement (POV)
  • There are 3 critical components to successfully build a use case: 1) Valuable: the problem that is solved has to be a real business problem, 2) Scalable and transferrable: technologies have to be crafted in a way that is meant to be scalable and transferrable from the beginning of the project, 3) Measurable: metrics should be agreed upon by all stakeholders and measure value created
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IIC x IoT ONE IIoT Spotlight Podcast EP041: Cybersecurity, reliability, and safety in an industrial environment - An Interview with Jesus Molina of Waterfall Security
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

*This episode of the Industrial IoT Spotlight Podcast is sponsored by the Industrial Internet Consortium

We discuss the IIC's approach to security in an industrial context. 

What are the differences between consumer-facing and industrial applications of IoT when it comes to security? How did tinkering with a hotel lighting system evolve into securing industrial IoT systems? How should we view security and secure industrial IoT systems?

Jesus Molina discusses his views of security, common misconceptions around cybersecurity, and his approach to securing IoT systems.

Jesus Molina is the Director Of Business Development at Waterfall Security Solutions Ltd. He is also the co-chair of the IIC Security Working Group.

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EP040: Extracting value from data analytics - an Interview with Ed Kuzemchak of Software Design Solutions
Friday, Oct 12, 2018

Ed Kuzemchak of Software Design Solutions tells us what IoT really is and is not, and how to extract value from it. We discuss how Ed started his business on the premise of data analytics, and his view on the differences between consumer and industrial IoT from a data point of view. We also discuss where we are today in leveraging and extracting value from big data, and his 3 step process for path to product.

Ed Kuzemchak is the Founder of Software Design Solutions. Software Design Solutions provides consulting and embedded software development services. 

 

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IIC x IoT ONE IIoT Spotlight Podcast EP039: How to ensure connectivity for brownfield sensors - An Interview with Michael Hilgner of TE Connectivity
Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018

*This episode of the Industrial IoT Spotlight Podcast is sponsored by the Industrial Internet Consortium

We discuss the IIC test bed for smart manufacturing connectivity for brownfield sensors.

What are the key challenges to implementing IoT sensors and technologies in brownfield environments? How can we ensure that all technologies and business processes have interoperability with each other? How will communication standards evolve in the industry in the future?

Michael Hilgner of TE Connectivity explains to us the challenges and best practices of implementing connected sensors in a brownfield environment.

Dr. Michael Hilgner has engaged himself in communication infrastructure and high-frequency components design in diverse roles throughout his career. In his current role as Manager Consortia & Standards at TE Connectivity’s Industrial Business Unit, he provides his experience to international standardization activities and industrial user groups in the areas of industrial networks, fieldbuses and cabling systems. In addition to his engagement at IIC where he leads the Smart Manufacturing Connectivity for Brown-field Sensors Testbed, Michael contributes to several Industrie 4.0 working groups to detail I4.0 requirements and technologies for active and passive infrastructure components.

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IIC x IoT ONE Industrial IoT Spotlight Podcast EP038: Security and Trustworthiness in IoT Deployments - An Interview with Sven Schrecker of Intel
Thursday, Oct 04, 2018

*This episode of the Industrial IoT Spotlight Podcast is sponsored by the Industrial Internet Consortium

What are the differences between Greenfield and Brownfield IoT deployment environments in terms of security? How does security relate to trustworthiness? What are the best practices for IoT deployments?

Sven Schrecker explains to us the IIC view on system security and why the trustworthiness of a system matters.

Sven Schrecker is the chief architect of IoT security solutions at Intel. Sven is also the co-chair of the IIC Security Working Group, co-chair of the IIC JTG5 Security Team and a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium Steering Committee.

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IIC x IoT ONE Industrial IoT Spotlight Podcast EP037: The future is already here; it is not just particularly well-distributed - an Interview with Jim Morrish of Nokia
Monday, Sep 03, 2018

*This episode of the Industrial IoT Spotlight Podcast is sponsored by the Industrial Internet Consortium

How can the IIC business strategy and solutions lifecycle task group help to de-risk the adoption of IoT in enterprises? What is the framework for understanding IoT in the context of business transformation? What is the real impact of IoT that forecasts are unable to capture? What is the impact of the IoT platforms market on the acceleration of IoT adoption? 

The adoption of IoT is not a step into the unknown; it has been diagnosed and has an envelope around it. Putting together 10 years of software, 10 years of hardware, and 10 years of communications experience, the IIC business strategy & innovation framework allows project managers and executives to understand and manage the scope of the challenges that come with implementing IoT in traditional organisations. 

Jim also discusses the real impact of IoT in the economy beyond predictions of devices and market value, and how to develop internal capabilities to harness the power of IoT in an organisation. We also look into the IoT platform market as an accelerator for adoption and scale, and discuss the future of this highly dynamic market. 

Links Mentioned: IIC Business Strategy & Innovation Framework 

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IIC x IoT ONE Industrial IoT Spotlight Podcast EP036: How to succeed with Industrial IoT — an Interview with Peter Klement of DXC
Friday, Aug 03, 2018

*This episode of the Industrial IoT Spotlight Podcast is sponsored by the Industrial Internet Consortium

What are the barriers to adoption of IoT in organisations? How can solution providers guide clients to realise the full value of IoT? How can end users successfully use IoT to drive quantitative business value?

We discuss the 6 steps to IoT success in an organisational and industrial context. The framework developed by Peter for the IIC formalises the discussion around the implementation of IoT and heavily emphasises organisational factors that may derail success. 

Peter Klement is the IoT Lead of DXC. DXC is the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company, helping clients harness the power of innovation to thrive on change. Created by the merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, DXC Technology is a $25 billion company with a 60-year legacy of delivering results for thousands of clients in more than 70 countries. Our technology independence, global talent and extensive partner network combine to deliver powerful next-generation IT services and solutions. Contact Peter: pklement@dxc.com

The next IIC meeting will be in Chicago the week of September 12th to 15th, the Q4 meeting will be in China on November 16. Non-IIC members are welcome to stop by and meet the community so please do make an effort.

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IIC x IoT ONE Industrial IoT Spotlight Podcast EP035: Are communication standards really important? — An Interview with Stan Schneider of RTI
Wednesday, Jul 04, 2018

*This episode of the Industrial IoT Spotlight Podcast is sponsored by the Industrial Internet Consortium

What are the only five questions you should ask to determine which communication standard to use? How should we handle the challenge of defining standards? What does the vastness and confusion of the IoT market mean for technology solution providers? 

Stan explains to us how the IIC is helping to define standards in communications by clarifying vocabulary. He also explains to us the origin of the IoT hype and how both industrial and technology companies should do to succeed in this market. 

 

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