IIoT or "Industry 4.0" is one of the hottest and most highly rated technologies for manufacturers today. Picking the right partner and solutions provider is paramount to success.
As a manufacturer, there’s no doubt you have seen the high levels of information, stories and hype surrounding the Industrial Internet of Things market and the large number of providers that make claims to their expertise in the market. Recent numbers including IDC and their December 2017 forecast $772 billion for IoT spending, and Gartner’s March 2016 claims of 43% of companies using IoT would indeed indicate a market that is growing rapidly. Indeed, if you were to perform a simple Internet search on IoT, or more specifically Industrial IoT which is what industrial manufacturers should be looking at, you will find hundreds of companies making claims that they can provide systems and expertise. So how can you be sure that these suppliers have the right skill set, experience, best delivery track record, and are able to provide your company with a solid investment? Making the right choice of IIoT Suppliers will help you to avoid going over miles of bad road to a place you don’t want to go.
By doing some simple investigation into the supplier background, you can validate their approach to understanding your business objectives, manufacturing methods and even your company culture. You can sort out the best suppliers from those that will provide sub-optimal solutions. In the whitepaper document linked below, we will provide some guidance of what to look for and what to ask of an Industrial IoT provider.
With the plethora of IIoT providers hawking their wares, the need to have a solid understanding of what the solution provider can bring to the table is critical. PowerPoint and demoware in a market that is rapidly growing is not a way to insure the vendor has a solution that is viable. The best suppliers will offer to perform a proof of concept (POC) of their system running in your plant, collecting live data from your machines and presenting you with analysis, as well as charts and reports that are drawn from this live data. The client should not hesitate to challenge the IIoT suppliers to perform such a POC in order to see the actual results.
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