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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


This chapter provided guidance on gathering business requirements. It shared lessons learned and provided direction on how to facilitate this critical stage of developing, justifying, and gaining funding for an Industrial Internet project.

You should now understand the importance of preparing for business discovery so that the sessions with business leaders are compelling. You should also understand how to gather CSFs from business stakeholders that will drive a need for our projects, the capturing of potential business benefits, and how to discover the KPIs that serve as metrics used in running the business.

You should recognize that we will need to match the skills of our business users and analysts to the solution we propose so that the solution will be useful and the project will be successful. We evaluated existing and proposed data sources so that we can deliver the needed KPIs. We might build a mock-up or PoC at this point to demonstrate the potential value of the project to...