The value of IIoT is in connecting systems for a more fluid flow of information. But some basic challenges exist that are keeping industrial companies from adopting IIoT, all of which can be traced back to a fear of moving on from legacy systems. The most basic is just that: people know their legacy systems work, so why switch to something they’re unsure of? When companies set a high bar for the level of service they’re delivering, the risk of switching systems can often seem like it might not be worth the reward. In the same vein, how exactly can we get industrial operators to really understand what that reward even is, in terms of cost savings? Efficiencies and cost saving are often touted as ultimately one of the greatest benefits of IIoT, but there’s often a large gap between understanding that on a broad level and understanding where exactly those savings and efficiencies are going to be realized in an actual operation. And finally, many operators can just be intimidated by opening up their operation to enable this more fluid flow of information. A single major security breach or wrong decision based off incomplete data can sink a company and have very real consequences. In industrial automation, these are high stakes risks.

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