Category Archives: Digital Disruption

Building IIoT solutions? Don’t forget about the channel!

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions offer tremendous and disruptive value for customers, but sometimes have the unintended effect of adversely impacting the channel that it is sold and serviced through. This results in slow adoption of IIoT solutions, even if those solutions have significant and tangible customer value. Common product-market fit mistakes While many…
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Eminence at the Edge

Since Internet of Things technology started to gain mainstream traction, multiple platforms, solutions and strategies have been developed. At the moment there are more than 450 ‘platforms’ commercially available. Yet, realistically speaking, most of these have been designed for a very specific function on outdated technology and mostly down a vertical application path. Similarly, gateway…
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7 best practices for selling IIoT as a Service

IIoT or Industrial Internet of Things solutions, built on a cloud-based infrastructure, create opportunities for new business models and value delivery methods. While many IIoT solutions are usually sold as a “product”, many vendors are now beginning to offer IIoT “as-a-service”. Take the example of a sensor-based system that detects machine wear and proactively alerts…
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Competitive Edge: Application Performance Monitoring

Not too long ago, ExxonMobil came out with a plan where hardware is “plug and play”, open source, and non-proprietary. Where, if a device fails, you can source a replacement from any supplier, and simply plug it in, and the system keeps rolling along. This concept makes system upkeep and maintenance much easier and simpler…
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Your Cloud Ready Monitoring Solution

The percentage of businesses moving from a traditional physical infrastructure model to a cloud deployment model is increasing year, upon year. While public deployments are rising steadily, private deployments are skyrocketing, and across both, a hybrid deployment model is still accounting for the majority of business centric cloud use. All recent research shares the opinion that this…
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Why edge computing is essential for the IIoT?

Edge computing seems to be what everyone in IoT is talking about these days. But what exactly is it and why is it so important? Well, currently in most big data solutions, information is collected from a sensor, sent to the cloud, processed in the cloud and then sent back to the device the sensor…
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How the Social Internet of Things is Revolutionizing Connectivity

Humans are both innovative and social beings leading to technological advances that are changing the way we interact. The desire to connect has inspired a global technological network linking people, data, and things. Traditionally, our conception of cloud - or Internet-based social solutions has existed in the digital world. We send emails, conduct video calls,…
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Decoding Digital Transformation with IoT

Technology and business professionals are assaulted with new buzzwords daily. Figuring out what they mean in day-to-day work is more challenging. Nowhere is this more confusing as in the Internet of Things (IoT) space, where the term “digital transformation” is often linked to IoT initiatives. What’s real and what’s not? How far away is digital…
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The Indubitable Role of Entrepreneurship in Smart Infrastructure

The world is currently experiencing a fourth industrial revolution due to the rapid development of technologies and digital abundance such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and 3D printing, etc. Gaining more from existing assets is incredibly vital. It awfully will be more cost-effective to add to the overall value of mature infrastructure through digital enhancements than…
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Who owns the Machine Generated Data in IoT – Men or Machine?

The data which is acquired by sensors is essentially Machine Generated Data (MGD). This post will dwell on the subject of data ownership of MGD as follows: Sensors (Data Acquisition and Communication) Machine Generated Data The Lifecycle of the MGD and the Ownership Paradigm Who should be the owner of the MGD? In the IoT…
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IIoT’s Immense Entrepreneurial Opportunities

The optimistic temperament of successful entrepreneurship is what has tremendously shaped and revolutionized our world today. Our present world as it still unfolds is the direct results of the incredible vision, the extremely indefatigable beliefs and inconceivable risks implementations of past entrepreneurs. From Thomas Edison to Andrew Carnegie to Henry Ford, to Bill Gates and…
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Chief Internet of Things Officer is your Next Must-Hire Role

An undeniable aspect of the new Internet of Things marketplace is that leadership is crucial to reaching success. Not only do new and existing companies have to create something unique and useful, but they have to do so in a market where growth and success are volatile and unpredictable. Even the traditional winners - Nike,…
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Africa’s 4th Industrial Revolution: Answering the big questions about IIoT

Why IIoT/Industrie 4.0? “There is massive scope for IIoT in Africa. As a continent, we are in a race in terms of becoming more competitive and more relevant in the global space. IoT as a technology certainly has the capability of catapulting Africa into the 4th industrial revolution.” Nico Steyn, CEO IoT.nxt First we were liberated…
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Shorten R&D time from ideation to production in IoT

This is an introduction to continuous integration in embedded software for IoT, and it’s the first one in a series of posts. If you are familiar with continuous integration, you can jump to What do you need to consider for CI in embedded? and skip the intro. Intro Software development and testing are two of the most…
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The right representation of Digital Twins for Data Analytics

Digital twins, as discussed in earlier posts, are digital representations of physical objects. In simple cases, sensors for example, the digital representations may be trivial (e.g., current values for temperature, RPMs, etc.). More interesting cases involve complex—and usually expensive—capital assets such as diesel engines, turbines, and heavy duty mining and construction equipment. In these cases,…
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Top 100 IoT Influencers, brands and publications in 2017

Onalytica published today IoT 2017 Report – Top 100 IoT influencers, brands and publications that were leading the social media debate around IOT, so the team analysed over 10.8 million tweets mentioning the key words: IOT or “internet of things” or internetofthings from Jan 1st – June 7th 2017. Below, is another network map showing recent interactions with the number one…
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A chance to win $50.000 for the best IoT solution

The 2017 F1® Connectivity Innovation Prize unveils the first challenge of this year’s competition – with a focus on the Internet of Things (IoT). The first challenge, set by Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, asks F1® fans and technology enthusiasts to come up with ideas for IoT solutions that could be used by the team to deliver…
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