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Architecting the Industrial Internet

By : Robert Stackowiak, Shyam Varan Nath, Carla Romano
Book Image

Architecting the Industrial Internet

By: Robert Stackowiak, Shyam Varan Nath, Carla Romano

Overview of this book

The Industrial Internet or the IIoT has gained a lot of traction. Many leading companies are driving this revolution by connecting smart edge devices to cloud-based analysis platforms and solving their business challenges in new ways. To ensure a smooth integration of such machines and devices, sound architecture strategies based on accepted principles, best practices, and lessons learned must be applied. This book begins by providing a bird's eye view of what the IIoT is and how the industrial revolution has evolved into embracing this technology. It then describes architectural approaches for success, gathering business requirements, and mapping requirements into functional solutions. In a later chapter, many other potential use cases are introduced including those in manufacturing and specific examples in predictive maintenance, asset tracking and handling, and environmental impact and abatement. The book concludes by exploring evolving technologies that will impact IIoT architecture in the future and discusses possible societal implications of the Industrial Internet and perceptions regarding these projects. By the end of this book, you will be better equipped to embrace the benefits of the burgeoning IIoT.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
Customer Feedback

Chapter 3. Gathering Business Requirements

In working with companies defining Industrial Internet projects, we have consistently found that the line of business leaders can articulate what information they need to run their portion of the business. They also usually understand what their competitors are up to, and have a vision of how their business must compete now and in the future. So, they have the business viewpoint that we described in the previous chapter.

That said, the line of business leadership hasn't always understood what technology could do for them in helping fulfill their business needs and vision, especially as they consider projects of this type for the first time. So, they need some help in establishing a usage viewpoint.

Of course, if the leadership you are working with are unconcerned about competitive threats and have fallen behind in their understanding of business changes that are occurring, the company has bigger problems than technology alone can solve. When IT or...