As previously published in IoT Evolution World by Jason Andersen

The global Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market is growing at a rapid rate, infusing industries across all sectors. Recent studies estimate that IIoT will add $14.2 trillion to the global economy by 2030. And as the global Industrial Internet of Things evolves, the buzz around edge computing is growing in parallel. Operators are beginning to drive more computing power to the edge of their networks, where IIoT functions actually live.

By observing industrial organizations, we can see an interesting evolution taking place as companies implement IIoT systems. Operational technology (OT) teams have historically focused on the automation equipment – both hardware and software – in their wheelhouse but are increasingly beginning to focus less on the tools themselves and more on the data generated by their systems. Organizations are becoming more focused on the data than on the applications – further recognizing that data and analytics have great potential for unlocking business value.

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