Why SaaS for IoT is a No Brainer

Software as a Service (SaaS) is nothing new – most enterprises are now quite familiar with SaaS for back office operations such as HR and CRM. These were functions that IT had been supporting for decades; but, interestingly, this familiarity with the software and infrastructure required to support these business applications made it easier, rather…

By Prasantha Jayakody
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Do Digital Twins Need to “Look Like” their Physical Twins?

Digital twins, as discussed in earlier posts, are digital representations of physical objects. In simple cases, sensors for example, the digital representations may be trivial (e.g., current values for temperature, RPMs, etc.). More interesting cases involve complex—and usually expensive—capital assets such as diesel engines, turbines, and heavy duty mining and construction equipment. In these cases,...

By Kevin Walsh
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Project Management Principles in Pursuit of 1%

Project management frameworks including Scrum, Waterfall, Kanban, and Agile vary in their implementation styles, but all embrace some form of waste reduction and continuous improvement. Waste reduction and process improvement are not typically measured in leaps and bounds; a 1% improvement can often have a substantial impact on an organization. Like project management outcomes, companies...

By Kevin Wallis
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Commercial Trucking Needs a 360-Degree View of the Entire Truck

Technology is no longer an optional business tool for truck manufacturers, fleet operators, and service centers. It is mandatory, not only to comply with regulations such as emissions and ELD requirements, but to flourish and compete effectively. On-board diagnostics and telematics systems are a first step, but only provide a singular view with limited scalability....

By Shannon Yost
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A New Take on the Digital Twin

Digital twin constructs—digital models of physical, real-world devices—are taking on increased importance as Internet of Things (IoT) technology spreads, especially in the industrial space. Digital twins go by a variety of names (e.g., Amazon Web Services (AWS) prefers “device shadow,” Microsoft uses “device twin” as part of its Azure IoT Hub) but in all cases...

By Kevin Walsh
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Knowledge Retention and IoT

For maintenance, mechanic, and service technicians, it is very common to receive on the job training from apprenticeships or informally from an experienced team member. Even students coming out of vocational programs who have practical, hand-on expertise lack the intrinsic knowledge gained from years of experience. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Outlook report forecasts...

By Kevin Wallis
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Take a Hybrid Approach to Your Oil & Gas IoT

Upstream oil and gas production operations are complex and expensive yet vital to the national economy. Improving the efficiency of these operations has long been of paramount importance but information technology, thus far, has failed to provide operators with sufficient tools to maximize these objectives. While oil and gas producers are making strides digitalizing—that is,...

By Shannon Yost
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Data Science for Machine Learning & Predictive Analytics

In previous posts, we took a brief look how some of the more common descriptive statistic and correlation methods are used to investigate data. Now that we know about the mean (or expected value) of a variable, and how to determine if two variables might vary together, we can begin our foray into machine learning...

By Matt Honaker
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Hot topics from DistribuTECH 2017

I recently attended DistribuTECH in San Diego and it was amazing to see how the electric utility industry is evolving in its understanding of industrial IoT and how that can help improve business outcomes. Approximately 13,000 individuals attended the conference to learn about the latest technology available for those in the transmission and distribution business....

By Dave McCarthy
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Tackling the challenges of IoT device management

Scaling is critical According to conservative research from various industries, there are at least a billion data gathering objects waiting to be connected to the internet today. And that number is growing at no less than 10% a year. From the early days of monitoring hundreds of satellites in orbit to updating hundred thousands of...

By Paul Lo
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The Five Stages of IoT

    Last time we discussed what you should consider before embarking on an IoT implementation and what it means to be ready. Adopting IoT isn’t a one-and-done type of strategy. As your organization matures, your needs change, and so too should your IoT strategy. In fact, in our experience we’ve found that successful IoT...

By Shannon Yost
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