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Internet-of-Things   |  3 min read

Flexible Micro Applications Replace Legacy Systems

Auto manufacturers have long been at the mercy of customized, in-house software and technology systems. With the advent of IoT, however, new possibilities are coming online as more cloud-based technology solutions can adapt across industry and company needs. Cloudleaf is a system that requires little more than an Internet connection to deploy for a variety of enterprise operations.

Cloudleaf has built an integrated ‘mesh’ of IoT sensors, gateways and cloud applications designed to provide visibility over the location and condition of assets in the supply chain, with returnable automotive containers and stillages a prime use case.

“Once such containers arrive at the vehicle manufacturer’s assembly plant, the supplier has almost no visibility as to where they are and they can often leak out to other suppliers,” notes Cloudleaf head of marketing, Nitesh Arora. “The result is an adverse impact on both profitability and service levels.”

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“Micro-applications allow us to be much more agile,” sums up Jack Cooper’s chief information officer, Kirk Hay. “Trying to do these things as an extension to our major enterprise systems would take longer and involve much more testing and training. We can experiment with a micro-application without incurring either the same cost or the same risk. People talk these days about ‘failing fast’, which isn’t how we see it. Instead, we think of it as ‘learning fast’ – there’s a big difference.”

“Jack Cooper Logistics is not alone in experimenting with niche applications in the automotive supply chain. Many automotive manufacturers and 3PLs are becoming more receptive to niche, ‘bolt-on’ applications, often developed by software specialists, which can work alongside their primary systems.”

“From the OEM’s point of view, the chief requirement is for a connection to the cloud server, something that software vendors go to some trouble to deliver, knowing that the lower the barriers to technology adoption, the easier it will be for customers to say ‘yes’.”

Read the full article here.