Almost every large food enterprise has already started its paperless journey, replacing paper-based processes in everything from order management to manufacturing to distribution and warehousing all the way to customer support. Going paperless offers huge competitive dividends as it helps manufacturers simplify operations and ensure product quality.
As we observe what’s happening in industrial enterprises, there’s an interesting evolution occurring—one that has important implications as companies make their first tentative steps toward the industrial Internet of things (IIoT).
A key tenet of Darwin’s theory of evolution is the idea of adaptation, in which a species changes over time to better adapt to its environment. Based on discussions with industrial organizations getting involved in the industrial Internet of things (IIoT), I believe we’re witnessing a similar phenomenon among the ranks of industrial technologists.
In our 35-plus years of providing continuous availability solutions for enterprises, we’ve seen only a handful of technology shifts that you could call “seismic.” The globalization of eCommerce was a big one that was transformational for mission critical infrastructures. At Stratus, we believe that the next big transformation – the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – has the potential to be even more seismic.
The state of the art in building automation and security is evolving with incredible speed. But one thing is certain: Construction companies and building owners will become increasingly reliant on digital systems to keep their buildings safe, secure, comfortable and energy efficient. Focusing on the issue of fault tolerance right from the blueprint stage of any new construction or major renovation project is becoming increasingly important.
There’s so much happening today with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), it’s important to understand where Stratus fits. For one, we’re proven as we’ve played a role in supporting mission-critical industrial automation for decades. This includes supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), human machine interface (HMI), and historian database solutions.
When it comes to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), there is a general feeling that operations technology (OT) and information technology (IT) organizations are at odds. To a certain extent, that’s true. In the data center, IT is largely concerned with reducing costs through consolidation and standardization. On the production line, OT also wants to decrease costs but strives to keep productivity as high as possible to drive revenue.
The buildings we sit in or public spaces we visit (like airports) today are getting smarter all the time. A simple case in point is the lights that automatically turn on when you enter your office. A more advanced example is when your badge reader is tied to your company’s HR database and provides secure access to a room.