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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

Initial business discovery

After some initial preparation, you will begin the business discovery with a series of interviews with relevant lines of business leaders. In this section, we'll focus on proper preparation and then uncover critical success factors, their potential impact on the business, and the KPIs that are needed to measure success in meeting business goals. We'll also gather the monetary value in revenue to be gained, or the cost of, savings in solving the problem that they identified.

We typically jot down a lot of free form notes during this process. We will guide the conversation in the direction of the information that we need to fully understand the problem. We will then summarize what we found interviewing key stakeholders in each line of business (LOB) using the following template:

Each line of business interview with a key stakeholder can usually be conducted in 90 minutes to 2 hours. Later, we will go back and validate what we found with them and capture additional...