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36 INTECH SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 WWW.ISA.ORG ABOUT THE AUTHOR Andy Rhodes (Twitter: @andrewmrhodes) is vice president of IoT edge computing and VP of commercial mo - bility at Dell. Previously, Rhodes was the execu - tive director for Dell's precision workstation business and executive director of converged infrastructure solutions. He graduated from Ox - ford Brooks University, U.K., and Curtin Uni - versity in Perth, Austra- lia, with BA Honors in business administration. For more information visit quality control—variability. To overcome this, the factory developed an end-of-the-line quality met- ric, an IoT-enabled solution that uses real-time analytic capabilities. Today, it has refined the fac- tory's quality-control sampling precision, allowing them to increase quality team productivity by 20 percent and reduce cycle time by 15 percent. As we look to the future of industrial auto- mation, there will be even greater adoption throughout the industry as companies conclude their pilot projects and transition toward achiev - ing ROI. In fact, a recent report published by Dell Technologies and the Institute for the Future, The Next Era of Human Machine Partnerships, found that emerging technologies, like IoT and big data, will reshape society by the year 2030. When they see IoT yield real business results, or ganizations across all industries will begin to feel more comfortable with IoT as they begin their digital transformation journey. n Realizing digital transformation with IoT By Andy Rhodes executive corner | Tips and Strategies for Managers B usinesses are going digital. Within the next two years, it is expected that a vast majority of all industrial manufacturers will begin implementing digital initiatives. In the re - port IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Manufacturing 2017 Prediction, research firm IDC predicts that by 2019, 75 percent of large manufacturers will deploy Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics-based situational awareness to reduce risk and increase time to market. However, several barriers inhibit the adoption of IoT solutions for some. Per the recent study, Defin- ing IoT Business Models, commissioned by Ubuntu (an open source Linux group) , more than half of IoT professionals say quantifying return on investment (ROI) and providing a clear use case is the greatest impediment to IoT adoption. My company helps customers and partners across the globe embrace IoT technologies to transform their businesses. Through strong partnerships in the industrial space, we are seeing IoT adoption and a transition from proof of concept to real ROI. Here are just a few examples of this trend com- ing to fruition: n Emerson Process, a global automation technology provider, helps chemical, oil and gas, and power companies control flow and pressure in process operations via control valves. Their customers need to be able to control valve data through pre- dictive maintenance and Industrial IoT. To address these needs, we developed a new wireless valve monitoring solution and control valve condition monitoring service built on IoT Edge Gateways. The Emerson team can spend more time innovat- ing while we manage their infrastructure. n Talisen Technologies, a Missouri-based software provider, needed a flexible, reliable network edge device to support its cloud-based building energy management platform hosted inside a data center infrastructure. As a result, the com- pany deployed embedded box PCs to help bring its ESP gateway to market globally. Now Talisen offers its customers a compact, reliable gateway that better supports accurate and robust big data analytics capabilities delivered from a scal- able and intelligent converged infrastructure. n Our PC factory in Brazil recently streamlined qual- ity control in the production line with IoT. The mass customization of build-to-order in manu- facturing posed a fundamental challenge for RESOURCES IDC Manufacturing Insights 2017: Predictions for Worldwide Manufacturing insights-2017-predictions-worldwide-manufacturing "Achieving ROI trumps security as the IoT industry's biggest challenge" trumps-security-as-the-iot-industrys-biggest-challenge The Next Era of Human Machine Partnerships "IoT impact of manufacturing" "From automation to IoT: Four ways to get started"

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