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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 4. Mapping Requirements to a Functional Viewpoint

Industrial Internet projects are being deployed to address the ever-changing business needs. Many businesses are encountering new threats from traditional and emerging competition. They often find that competitors posing the biggest threats to their business are gathering data from smart devices and sensors, analyzing it, and building innovative solutions that enable new business models. The competitors building these solutions gain new business and technical skills and adopt agile development methodologies, enabling deployment of more flexible solutions in faster increments.

In the previous chapter, we used business and usage viewpoints to gather requirements and the justification for new projects needed to counter these competitive threats and improve business processes. In this chapter, we will take a functional viewpoint to understand the capabilities we will need in our architecture to deliver a solution. The following diagram...