IoT: Is It Time For a Change?

  • Innovation and disruption
  • 8/10/2022
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Key insights

  • Changing software can be daunting in the short-term yet can provide significant benefit in the long-term.
  • New functionality, improved security, and scalability are common factors that sway leaders to make a change.
  • Avoid common pitfalls by taking adequate time to convey your needs and verify they are understood before moving ahead with a migration.

From daily consumer conveniences such as turning lights on and off from your smartphone to robust systems that help organizations manage supply chain, employ predictive maintenance, or monitor environmental data — the Internet of Things (IoT) plays a critical connective role.

If you’re considering a change to your IoT services, or a change to another software solution, review the key steps below.

1. Assess your current state

Keeping up in an ever-changing and competitive environment could be stressing your systems. Are there new features or functionality you regularly wish you had at your fingertips? Do you feel the pressure of rising data security requirements? Do you wonder if your technology is near obsolete? Are manual processes costing you time and money? Are your technology systems holding you back rather than scaling with you?

No matter where you are on your digital transformation journey, if you answered “yes” to some of these questions, now may be the right time to make a change.

2. Assemble key criteria

Take stock of how you’re operating today and dream a little about how your organization could be transformed with a strategic technology shift:

  • Could edge analytics move you out of the drag of inefficient data latency constraints?
  • Are you employing only remote monitoring today — and could a predictive, analytics-based approach deliver a lower cost or higher value?
  • Do you have an IoT solution that measures effectiveness and helps you capture additional efficiencies?
  • Would you like to employ predictive maintenance to reduce downtime and likelihood of fault or bad product based on system and environmental conditions?

From here, collect and document your requirements, considering what you need today and what you may need in the future. This can include additional functionality, improved security, scalability, and lower operational cost.

3. Avoid pitfalls

It’s critical to put adequate time into helping your service provider understand your needs from an organizational perspective, not just operational or IoT perspective. Understanding your current infrastructure and culture can help streamline the migration efforts over the life cycle of the project.

In addition, it’s important to leverage skilled and experienced professionals to avoid consuming valuable time from internal resources who may not be as experienced in migration.

How we can help

CLA offers robust assessment, migration, and managed service solutions to fully support organizations looking to seamlessly migrate to new or different IoT systems.

Contact us to request a discovery session to determine how we can fulfill your needs as an IoT service provider. We can provide a complete assessment of your current solution(s) and provide quantified benefits associated with a migration, so you can make an informed, confident decision on your path forward.

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