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Architecting the Industrial Internet

By : Robert Stackowiak, Shyam Varan Nath, Carla Romano
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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

Selling the project

Now that we've compared the costs and benefits for a couple of our deployment options and understood how quickly the business benefits will accrue, we are ready to sell the project internally to obtain funding. The level at which we need to sell usually depends on how high the estimated cost of the project is and how the company delegates the decision-making process. Given the large investment that is often required in Industrial Internet projects and the high visibility that they can have, we will assume that you will need to present your findings to a senior-level business audience, and possibly to the CEO and Board of Directors.

This type of audience is typically not interested in the technical details of the project. They instead want to quickly understand what the project will deliver in business benefits (in a summarized manner), the potential return on investment and cost, the time span of the project, and when they will see the first benefits delivered. Keeping...