The top 5 takeaways from the Industrial IoT World conference

LAUREN LONGHI | November 9, 2018

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1. Be the disruptor Industrial IoT World kicked off with IBM’s NA Industrial GM, Albert Opher inspiring Future Forward leaders to go on the offensive when faced with industry disruption.  “The Future Forward Enterprise is not an evolution- it’s a revolution,” he said.  Companies need to harness data, technology and people to build new competencies.  Companies like Maersk, Whirlpool, and Sandvik are using new technologies like blockchain and AI to create new business models and streams of revenue.Are you ready to disrupt?  Take the assessment. 2. The Watson IoT Platform is transforming industries Later that afternoon, David Meek, IBM’s Global Leader for Industry 4.0 & Smart Manufacturing, led a session on optimizing IoT delivery through the right platform.  When selecting a platform, consider how easy it can scale across your organization.  It  should also be secure- so you can prevent unauthorized connections.  Finally, look for a partner with deep industry expertise.  IBM Watson IoT works with clients across industries- more than 6,000 client engagements in 175 countries.  The IBM Watson IoT Platform is using applied AI and analytics to transform industries, one example being Sandvik, a leading global provider of Rock Technology Services.

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Octoblu enables companies to create IoT services with secure real-time exchange of data across systems, people and physical devices. Octoblu provides a management platform that enables users to create innovative IoT services. Through public and/or private clouds users can connect, design, process, and analyze the flow of information across all connected devices and systems. All services have been designed through a robust security and right management architecture. Octoblu supports cross protocol communications (i.e. HTTP(S), WebSockets, MQTT, CoAP, SMS, Yo, AllJoyn, Serial, RF, BLE, WiFi), and bridges all of these protocols so devices can communicate seamlessly with each other, people, legacy applications/devices, and cloud services.

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