Publish date August 2, 2019
If you are a CIO or VP IT in any professionally managed organization in any industry vertical and you haven’t introduced, championed and brought IOT (in some shape or form) in your organization – Probably you are already fired.
If not — you must have done your share of raising the IoT hype. Got a POC done. Alternatively, if you have got deeper pockets, you may have also done an MVP or a production pilot. Hurray. You did it!!
However, Now What?
Business leaders in your organization who got excited after seeing the POC/MVP are now thinking…
If they haven’t – – Soon, business leaders in every organization will bug you, The IT Organization, with all of the above and many more questions. You and your technical experts are / will have to think about following…
If you are thinking about all the above questions – You are not alone. And most importantly, you are not behind.
Most of the companies exploring connected solutions are reaching much faster to the First Value. MVP/POC – Or even production pilot success rate has gone up. Because organizations now trust the technology and the basic plumbing required to gain connected data is established well. Although there is still fight among various consortium, a feasible, scalable, and transparent architecture is standardized well.
However, what’s concerning is that most companies are getting stuck with these MVPs and POCs and are not able to scale up or adopt connected solutions fast enough across the organization. If they keep lingering there for a long time – there are chances that the Adoption and Expansion of connected solutions will become increasingly difficult.
Enterprise IT Organizations would need to take the lead, put in much effort to establish connected use cases in their organization’s mainstream business processes which are still operating in the constraints of enterprise systems.
Today – At a macro level, there are primarily 2 architectures. First – An Enterprise System’s Architecture – that’s evolved over the past few years based on business needs of organizations. Also, needless to say – is unique to each organization. Second – A New Age IOT/IIOT or Connected architecture that’s driving many of the new connected use cases. The technology that’s being touted to grow at a whopping 45% YOY.
Challenge is – these two architectures live in silo today. However, as we start to expand IOT solution footprint beyond POCs / MVPs, connected solutions architecture will need to gel well with the Enterprise Architecture.
The key to success is thorough transition planning to ever-evolving future state architecture!! I call it “COBOL2Connected”. In my 20+ Years of IT career, I have seen (and managed) multiple transitions from legacy systems / manual business processes to state of the art / modern business tools. However, a transition to Connected Solutions powered by IoT/IIOT, Cloud Computing, AI, ML, and Blockchain would be the most exciting and challenging. Add to it, other factors such as SaaS models, Additive Manufacturing and RPA, and what you have is a perfect storm!
My 2 cents (or maybe 4..) on how organizations can get prepared to face these challenges:
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