The Internet of Things is transforming operational technology - OT. Next-generation IP-based operational control systems can help businesses improve economics and automation. Forward-looking companies are aligning OT and IT infrastructure as part of IoT initiatives. By unifying OT and IT systems and practices enterprises can optimize business processes and slash operating expenses. When integrating OT and IT environments it is important to address both technological and organizational requirements.
Implement a tiered intelligent systems architecture to ensure high scalability, availability, and security.
Use IoT gateways to efficiently bridge the gap between the OT and IT realms.
Set strategic direction at the executive level to avoid turf wars.
Establish cross-functional teams to share knowledge and harmonize business practices.
By aligning OT and IT, enterprises can transform raw data into meaningful and actionable information that increases productivity, improves decision making, and boosts business results. For example…
Managing the information lifecycle:
In the IoT, the ability for newer, smarter devices to communicate with each other, with back-end datacenters, and with related systems requires data to be processed into information in different ways and in more than one location and direction.
Typically, we think of data being sent to and crunched in massive datacenters, producing analytics that can then be turned into intelligence for determining actions. But with the IoT, intelligent systems are redefining that process.
As the figure illustrates, tactical data processing can occur at the device level with data analyzed near field to allow immediate action to be taken. This field level data analysis prompts action based on pre-defined business rules. Once those actions occur, summary data is relayed to the back-office for deep analysis. Additional knowledge gained from that analysis determines how best to optimize the system and can result in new rules being set to improve process flow.
This is possible thanks to the addition of edge processing capabilities (more on that later). The constant feedback loop between tactical field operation and strategic process analysis allows decisions to be made as close as possible to the edge of the network. This results in reduced transmission costs and quicker decision time horizons, crucial factors in enterprise IoT implementations.
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OPEN-SOURCE IOT COMMUNITIES
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THE DATA-DRIVEN IoT
Devices are the eyes and ears of the intelligent system, not its brain.
DATADEVICES BUSINESS MODELS
INTERNET OF THINGS INFORMATION
pre-defined business rules
sent to back office
for deep analysis
New rules created and pushed to
business rules engine
New data analysis
Data emitted from
sensors, control panels,
Actions driven from
Data analyzed to drive
Information stored in DB
and analyzed, yielding
optimized tactical tools.
ENTERPRISE IoT ARCHITECTURE
Driving datacenter function to the edge
• Business processing
• Long-term data analytics
• Data infrastructure
• Enterprise integration
• Software-defined storage
• Data pre-processing
• Real-time data analytics
• Real-time actions/rules
• Software-defined storage
• Data acquisition
ENTERPRISE FUNDAMENTALS STILL COUNT
RELIABILITY LIFE CYCLE SECURITY
CRITICAL AREAS FOR IoT SUCCESS
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• Selecting and integrating
operating system, device
• Implementing the
• WAN cost reduction
• Decoupling of producers
and consumers of data
• Write speeds
• Real-time data streams
• Data storage
• Standard APIs
• Ready to use adapters for
• CEP capabilities
• Application development
and lifecycle management
• Dashboards, user interaction
• Integration (big data, social
networks, enterprise IT)
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• Device data management
• Device lifecycle
4 DEVICE MANAGEMENT
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act upon critical data generated by the Internet
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