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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

About the Authors

Shyam Nath is the director of technology integrations for Industrial IoT at GE Digital. His area of focus is building-go-to market solutions. His technical expertise lies in big data and analytics architecture and solutions with focus on IoT. He joined GE in Sep 2013. He has worked in IBM, Deloitte, Oracle, and Halliburton, prior to that. He is the Founder/President of the BIWA Group, a global community of professional in Big Data, analytics and IoT. He is author of the IoT Architecture chapter in Internet of Things and Data Analytics Handbook, published by Wiley. He has often been listed as one of the top social media influencers for Industrial IoT. He is very active on Twitter (@ShyamVaran).


I would like to thank my professional colleagues at GE, for enriching my experience in the field of Industrial Internet. I would also thank the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), who facilitated the testbeds and provided the key insights for this book. Finally, I will thank my family and friends who were part of my journey while I was writing this book.

Robert Stackowiak is a technology business strategist at the Microsoft Technology Center in Chicago where he gathers business and technical requirements during client briefings and defines Internet of Things and analytics architecture solutions, including those that reside in the Microsoft Azure cloud. He joined Microsoft in 2016 after a 20-year stint at Oracle where he was Executive Director of Big Data in North America. Bob (his nickname) has spoken at industry conferences around the world and co-authored many books on analytics and data management including Big Data and the Internet of Things: Enterprise Architecture for A New Age, published by Apress, five editions of Oracle Essentials, published by O'Reilly MediaOracle Big Data Handbook, published by Oracle PressAchieving Extreme Performance with Oracle Exadata, published by Oracle Press, and Oracle Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Solutions, published by Wiley. You can follow him on Twitter at @rstackow.

I would like to thank my teammates for their input and guidance in the Chicago Microsoft Technology Center as this book was being written. I thank Paul Edlund, Bob Gabriel, Matthew Housholder, Ross LoForte, and Mark Skoog for providing important insight. I have received great support and encouragement from Microsoft management, especially Beth Malloy, the Director of the Chicago Microsoft Technology Center and a trusted and favorite collaborator there. Other co-workers at Microsoft provided extensive IoT and analytics related documentation that was frequently referenced during the creation of several sections in this book. Their experience helped us explain where and how to apply technology components across the entire architecture. I would also thank the many customers I met with while at Microsoft and Oracle over the years. They provided real examples of Industrial Internet use cases and projects, often years ahead of where others were. Finally, I would thank Jodie Stackowiak, my wife, partner, and the love of my life who remains supportive during weekends of book writing and in my pursuit of a career that always seems to align with technologies in the early days of their widespread adoption.

Carla Romano is director of development for big data and data warehousing at Oracle, focusing on industry solutions, including the Industry Data Model suite of products for airlines and transportation, telecommunications, retail, and utilities industries. She has an extensive background in Business Intelligence and data management, and is a frequent presenter at Oracle Openworld and the BIWA-SIG conferences. She is also a member of the IIC testbeds committee. She is currently developing utilities for Oracle Big Data Cloud Service. She previously worked at Lockheed Engineering Sciences and Unisys under contracts from NASA.


I would like to thank Shyam and Sudip Majumder for introducing me to the world of IIoT, and my many colleagues at Oracle for creating an interesting and challenging environment. Many thanks to Shyam and Bob for their support during a grim time. I would also like to thank my husband and my friends for their encouragement and tolerance.