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Smart IoT: Part 1

IoT & IIoT: The Gap Between Expectations & Reality – A Holistic Approach to Solving Business Challenges

Over the past few decades, IIoT technologies have moved into virtually every aspect of industrial automation and operations. Seamless connectivity, technology-agnostic interoperability and data-uniformity have enabled operators to easily monitor, manage and leverage data from any number of proprietary assets and processes in ways that, before, were simply cost prohibitive.

During this time, we’ve also seen the influence of the IIoT extend beyond the factory floor to the cloud. Transferring quantities of real-time data and metrics to the cloud to feed analytics, predictive AI and enterprise data applications for absolute (almost clairvoyant) awareness, intelligence and knowledge has become the holy grail, and in rare cases, reality.

All too often, however, IoT solutions have been designed, implemented and managed on the underlying principle of providing efficiency through automation, without considering broader (more holistic) system-based and business challenges. In the race to digitize, far less thought was given to the real value of the IoT and its ability to help enterprises future-proof their capital investments.

As a result, many enterprises have implemented technology simply for technology’s sake and after the novelty wore off, operators were left with yet another system to learn, maintain and pay-off. Even under the best scenarios, operation managers found that their IoT footprint was anything but low-overhead; the majority of IoT solutions on the market require significant allocation of implementation, integration and training resources. More importantly, these solutions added unnecessary operational complexity that forced enterprises to shift focus from their core-competencies, building collaborative partnerships, managing staff, enhancing customer user-experiences, as well as government-mandated safety standards.

Today, few industrial IoT solutions are engineered from the ground-up to solve business challenges and uncover opportunities in a sustainable value-added way. If you ask operation managers what their top 4 pain-points are, they’ll likely say:

  1. I don’t have a way to efficiently orchestrate our complex workflows of materials, tools and people.
  2. I can’t track the location or condition of my assets, or prevent them from getting lost or stolen.
  3. I have no idea how to leverage our partner relationships and tie into their inventory systems.
  4. I don’t have a good way of keeping my operational costs in check.

Cloudleaf Sensor Fabric™ is an IoT enabled ecosystem that offers enterprises holistic end-to-end solution for monitoring, managing, and optimizing their complex distributed-asset ecosystems across internal and 3rd partner facilities. Cloudleaf represents a paradigm shift in enterprise-grade IoT adoption and usage, helping enterprises realize an immediate ROI and sustained value over time.

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