Welcome!

SDN Journal Authors: Carmen Gonzalez, Lori MacVittie, Trevor Parsons, Rex Morrow, Datical, Elizabeth White

Related Topics: @ThingsExpo, SOA & WOA, Virtualization, Cloud Expo, Big Data Journal, SDN Journal

@ThingsExpo: Article

How the Internet of Things Will Transform IT

IoT = (Traditional) IT Obsolete

Internet of Things known as IoT is expected to gain momentum in the year 2014 and will continue to find a mainstream adoption in the coming years. From a definition perspective, IoT is about the integration of more devices that are already prevalent using the RFID and other kinds of machine-generated messages, and to ensure that these devices are given the appropriate intelligence to guide themselves without human intervention.

The main reason for the increased realization of IoT is the proliferation of cloud and Big Data as part of our ecosystem, so that the massive quantities of data that these devices generate can be sourced and processed and intelligence can be derived out of them. The adoption of IoT will increase in-line with the adoption of cloud and Big Data.

Yet another reason for the imminent realization of IoT is the growth of semantic technologies as part of Big Data that not only identify events from the devices but also add intelligence to them based on the context. This context-aware intelligence plays a vital role in machine-generated messages turned into intelligence.

IoT in Enterprise IT
Initial documentation and materials floating around IoT are predominantly oriented toward consumers and citizens such that the concepts like SmartCity and SmartHome will become a reality soon with the proper adoption of IoT. But traditional enterprises in the areas of manufacturing, healthcare, and retail will face a complete transformation of their IT operations once the IoT becomes a reality. To the extent we could even coin the word IoT = (Traditional) IT obsolete. Again there is nothing to feel bad about it, when we started the cloud revolution five years ago, it threatened the enterprise IT but now it turns out to be a better value proposition for IT to concentrate more on the innovation than on day-to-day provisioning of IT compute and storage. In the same way IoT will transform the way enterprises do their job which will turn change the IT to enable the Event Intelligence for IoT enabled Enterprise. The following small case study of a Manufacturing Enterprise will help to analyze how IoT will transform the traditional IT.

IoT for Manufacturing Enterprises
The following table explains about typical applications in an automobile manufacturing enterprise and how the traditional IT handled them so far and how the IoT will transform the same.

Application

Traditional IT Usage

IoT Enabled Usage

Bill Of Material Applications

Bill of Material known as BOM defines the hierarchy of parts and assemblies that require to build a complete product.

 

Traditionally ERP packages have extensive options for entering the master detail relationship between various parts and tie them together.

Assuming RFID enabled parts and assemblies identify themselves, such that a complete BOM of a finished product can be automatically derived from a proto type build of the product made during product development and the trained model can automatically be used during the plant floor production, much of the traditional work of the current IT systems will be moved to IoT.

Gross Vehicle Mass Analysis Applications

The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is the maximum weight of the vehicle and plays a very important role in fuel efficiency and safety of the vehicle. Several data entry systems play a role in calculation of GVWR as per Vehicle specifications.

Already several applications that are concerned with GVWR utilizes RFID and sensor information to calculate them. IoT will expand the scenarios at the production floor, where by GVWR calculations are done without manual entry.

Vehicle Emission Calculations

Emission related reporting is the biggest regulatory requirement for vehicles. Most OEMs now have extensive systems to track the vehicle emissions and provide the reporting to government agencies like EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).

Automatic calculation of vehicle emissions and reporting is identified as one of the major use cases for IoT and hence will make the traditional systems obsolete in this regard.

 

Infact IoT will not just help to calculate emission levels, but will also help to reduce them with the intelligence acquired and vehicles can become smarter to reduce the emission levels.

Substance Composition For Recycling Regulatory Requirements

Modelling of Vehicles and Assemblies towards chemical substance level is a legal requirement to track the SOC (Substance Of Concern) and to ensure recyclability of products and components. This is another system which has lot of manual data entry associated with it.

There are many pilot projects in Europe to track the Recyclable elements that have SOC in them. IoT will integrate the intelligence of Vehicles about themselves with the semantic linking to the Chemical's Material Data Sheet and Other Safety guide lines to automatically provide reporting on the legal criteria.

Production Monitoring & Plant Floor

Already great level of machine generated automation plays a role in tracking of production and assembly line operations. However the lack of self-aware components and associated intelligence, several of quality operations and tests are done using manual means.

IoT can reduce the HMI (Human Machine Interface) in the Plant floor systems, by semantic linking of Vehicle Production Process data with Other Quality information.

Summary
These use cases can be expanded in detail by a Manufacturing Specialist in Automobile Domain. Already Machine to Human & Human to Machine interactions take place in a big way in automobile manufacturing. However the lack of Semantic linking of events from machines with other intelligence and the lack of ability to process massive quantities of event data towards actions prevents a complete Machine to Machine interaction in manufacturing organizations. With the emergence of IoT such possibility is becoming real and this will change the way traditional IT systems worked in the past and hence we can think of IoT as (Traditional) IT Obsolete.

 

More Stories By Srinivasan Sundara Rajan

I am passionate about ownership and driving things on my own, with my breadth and depth on Enterprise Technology I could run any aspect of IT Industry and make it a success. I am a Seasoned Enterprise IT Expert, mainly in the areas of Solution,Integration and Architecture, across Structured, Unstructured data sources, especially in manufacturing domain. My recent work is on Natural Language Processing, Semantic Enrichment of Unstructured Data, Data Mining and Predictive Analytics. However I have a strong footing across all tiers of Enterprise IT spectrum. I am geared to handle the massive flow of data by Internet Of Things with appropriate platform, tools and processes.

@CloudExpo Stories
Performance is the intersection of power, agility, control, and choice. If you value performance, and more specifically consistent performance, you need to look beyond simple virtualized compute. Many factors need to be considered to create a truly performant environment. In their General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Development Community Advocate at SoftLayer, and Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, to discuss how to take advantage of a multitude of compute option...
Come learn about what you need to consider when moving your data to the cloud. In her session at 15th Cloud Expo, Skyla Loomis, a Program Director of Cloudant Development at Cloudant, will discuss the security, performance, and operational implications of keeping your data on premise, moving it to the cloud, or taking a hybrid approach. She will use real customer examples to illustrate the tradeoffs, key decision points, and how to be successful with a cloud or hybrid cloud solution.
In today's application economy, enterprise organizations realize that it's their applications that are the heart and soul of their business. If their application users have a bad experience, their revenue and reputation are at stake. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Anand Akela, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Application Performance Management at CA Technologies, will discuss how a user-centric Application Performance Management solution can help inspire your users with every appli...
With the explosion of the cloud, more businesses are transitioning to a recurring revenue model to generate reliable sales, grow profits, and open new markets. This opportunity requires businesses to get to market quickly with the pricing and packaging options customers want. In addition, you will want to take advantage of the ensuing tidal wave of data to more effectively upsell, cross-sell and manage your customers. All of this is possible, but only with the right approach. At 15th Cloud Exp...
Planning scalable environments isn't terribly difficult, but it does require a change of perspective. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer, will broaden your views to think on an Internet scale by dissecting a video publishing application built with The SoftLayer Platform, Message Queuing, Object Storage, and Drupal. By examining a scalable modular application build that can handle unpredictable traffic, attendees will able to grow your de...
The cloud provides an easy onramp to building and deploying Big Data solutions. Transitioning from initial deployment to large-scale, highly performant operations may not be as easy. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, will discuss the benefits, weaknesses, and performance characteristics of public and bare metal cloud deployments that can help you make the right decisions.
Over the last few years the healthcare ecosystem has revolved around innovations in Electronic Health Record (HER) based systems. This evolution has helped us achieve much desired interoperability. Now the focus is shifting to other equally important aspects – scalability and performance. While applying cloud computing environments to the EHR systems, a special consideration needs to be given to the cloud enablement of Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), i.e....
Cloud and Big Data present unique dilemmas: embracing the benefits of these new technologies while maintaining the security of your organization’s assets. When an outside party owns, controls and manages your infrastructure and computational resources, how can you be assured that sensitive data remains private and secure? How do you best protect data in mixed use cloud and big data infrastructure sets? Can you still satisfy the full range of reporting, compliance and regulatory requirements? I...
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using...
Is your organization struggling to deal with skyrocketing volumes of digital assets? The amount of data is growing exponentially and organizations are having a hard time managing this growth. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Amar Kapadia, Senior Director of Open Cloud Strategy at Seagate, will walk through the essential considerations when developing a cloud storage strategy. In this discussion, you will understand the challenges IT is facing, why companies need to move to cloud, and how the...
If cloud computing benefits are so clear, why have so few enterprises migrated their mission-critical apps? The answer is often inertia and FUD. No one ever got fired for not moving to the cloud – not yet. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Michael Hoch, SVP, Cloud Advisory Service at Virtustream, will discuss the six key steps to justify and execute your MCA cloud migration.
The 16th International Cloud Expo announces that its Call for Papers is now open. 16th International Cloud Expo, to be held June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City brings together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speak...
Most of today’s hardware manufacturers are building servers with at least one SATA Port, but not every systems engineer utilizes them. This is considered a loss in the game of maximizing potential storage space in a fixed unit. The SATADOM Series was created by Innodisk as a high-performance, small form factor boot drive with low power consumption to be plugged into the unused SATA port on your server board as an alternative to hard drive or USB boot-up. Built for 1U systems, this powerful devic...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in software-defined storage (SDS) purpose-built for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual C...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudian, Inc., the leading provider of hybrid cloud storage solutions, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cloudian is a Foster City, Calif.-based software company specializing in cloud storage. Cloudian HyperStore® is an S3-compatible cloud object storage platform that enables service providers and enterprises to bui...
SYS-CON Events announced today that TechXtend (formerly Programmer’s Paradise), a leading value-added provider of server and storage virtualization, and r-evolution will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. TechXtend (formerly Programmer’s Paradise) is a leading value-added provider of software, systems and solutions for corporations, government organizations, and academic instit...
Every healthy ecosystem is diverse. This is especially true in cloud ecosystems, where portability and interoperability are more important than old enterprise models of proprietary ownership. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Mark Baker, Server Product Manager at Canonical/Ubuntu, will discuss how single vendors used to take the lead in creating and delivering technology, but in a cloud economy, where users want tools of their preference, when and where they need them, it makes no sense.
The consumption economy is here and so are cloud applications and solutions that offer more than subscription and flat fee models and at the same time are available on a pure consumption model, which not only reduces IT spend but also lowers infrastructure costs, and offers ease of use and availability. In their session at 15th Cloud Expo, Ermanno Bonifazi, CEO & Founder of Solgenia, and Ian Khan, Global Strategic Positioning & Brand Manager at Solgenia, will discuss this shifting dynamic with ...
The emergence of cloud computing and Big Data warrants a greater role for the PMO to successfully manage enterprise transformation driven by these powerful trends. As the adoption of cloud-based services continues to grow, a governance model is needed to orchestrate enterprise cloud implementations and harness the power of Big Data analytics. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Mahesh Singh, President of BigData, Inc., to discuss how the Enterprise PMO takes center stage not only in developing th...
Cloud computing started a technology revolution; now DevOps is driving that revolution forward. By enabling new approaches to service delivery, cloud and DevOps together are delivering even greater speed, agility, and efficiency. No wonder leading innovators are adopting DevOps and cloud together! In his session at DevOps Summit, Andi Mann, Vice President of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, will explore the synergies in these two approaches, with practical tips, techniques, research dat...