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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

Build versus buy decisions

Companies can explore off-the-shelf software and platforms to get started with their Industrial Internet applications journey. Sooner or later, they will face the build versus buy decision.


Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software or hardware products are ready-made and available for purchase or consumption by the end customer(s). Google Nest is a COTS product that is a packaged home thermostat and associated software solution for the home user.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) advised customers and technology adopters to first reorient or realign their overall business strategy to embrace and fully benefit from the latest developments in the Industrial Internet. In this process, they will need to identify their new ecosystem partners. They will need to determine whether they should join a partner's IoT platforms or develop their own. Companies in the initial stages of this Industrial Internet journey should identify the initial one or two pilot application avenues...