The Industrial Internet of Things

Once again, on July 2016, I participated in Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference nternational conference. This time , in Toronto, Canada. The city greeted us with many new features and insights for us to design together a digitalization strategy for organizations for the next few years . This time, I was more than amazed and felt full of ideas to work in the region in months to come.

During the conference, we had the chance to witness a conversation between the CEO of General Electric ( GE ) and Satya Nadella , Microsoft’s CEO. At this moment, something Satya said struck me: “In the past , it was mostly about prep tech companies . Now every company is a tech company.”. In other words, for a long time, the main focus has been on technology companies, whearas today, all companies must be considered and had to transform themselves into a technology company . This is related to designing a successful digital transformation, and all organizations can add value through the generation of relevant information for its customers . In this matter, it is essential to work on a business strategy side by side with the technological strategy. And that is what we have been working for few years already through  the cloud, key corporate strategies.

Back again with GE’s casesutdy, it’s CEO announced that, through its PREDIX platform,  the digital transformation of the company which will be essentially supported by Microsoft cloud. GE will then go the way of what he calls the IIOT, Industrial Internet of Things. We knew the impact of the internet of things, of living in an intelligent digital ecosystem, but I was able to see the next step. According to GE, investments in the Internet of things in industrial manufacturing companies will be approximately $ (yes, I wanted you to count the zeros) over the next 15 years. The “industrial” amount of data generated will be massive in terms of volume, velocity and variety. We should bear in mind that data on industrial companies is growing at twice the rate in contrast with other productive areas. To make use of this information and obtain relevant analysis that generate positive impacts on operations (such as predictive maintenance), companies must be able to handle large volumes and connections to their machines. Industrial machines connected to Internet through private, public and hybrid clouds streamline business operations will allow control of monumental and decisive processes. For GE’s case, real-time monitoring activity of trains and routes involved in their daily operations.

Apart from General Electric’s example, we shouldn’t forget of Scheinder Electric, a company that plans to lead the renewable energy industry as it is today, constantly expanding energy through solar panels. In a live demonstration during the conference, they showed us how Microsoft Azure will be the base platform to support information transferences, thus controlling the activity of the products of the company. When we talk about the Industrial Internet, we are also talking about an airline such as Japan Airlines, which showed as through virtual reality, how we can generate new forms of interaction “human-machine” to train engineers in the use of turbines, engines or any type of device that is displayed as a hologram. Hololens, virtual reality product of Microsoft that allows industries to bring this type of innovation. Hololens and Japan Airlines DEMO at WPC 2016, was a key part of the presentation, a short video worth watching.

However, to achieve these digital transformations within organizations, the technological support is necessary to organize the information we generate every day, which grows exponentially. And here is my last highlight of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. It has to do with the presence of Tim Campos, CIO of Facebook who spoke volumes of Office 365 as their choice of a collaboration platform for its more than 13,000 employees, involed in this decision. Facebook’s mission is clear, and a key link in the digitalization of organizations. “Giving its more than 1000 million users the capacity and ability to connect and share information, making the world a more open place.” To do so, collaboration and communication of its teams is quite encouraged, prompting innovation and the generation of new ideas. Of course, it is therefore necessary to provide the best tools, taking into account that people are distributed throughout the world, and you should be able to work together in a flexible platform, available through internet, on various mobile devices, on all operational and fundamentally on a safe environment, free of system risks or cyber attacks. Those were the reasons why Facebook CIO carried out the deployment of the Microsoft platform, Office 365: to be at the forefront of digital offices.

If you we think that towns are moving to the clouds, I can imagine how that will turn out, when we get to control every industry and every organization, the performance of each product, every tiny aspect, through the Internet of industrial things.

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