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Connectivity is NOT the End Game

Bill Ruh Quote GEIn this world of the “Internet of Things,” we are seeing connectivity adoption rates that increase exponentially every day. Machines of all sizes and capabilities are being connected to networks; however, manufacturers and machine OEMs are looking to extract real value from this capability, not just connectivity.

At PACK EXPO, we covered this topic on the Innovation Stage and discussed the importance of understanding how the Industrial Internet can help companies gain a competitive edge when aligned with key Operational Excellence strategies. Bob Sperber of Packaging World covered this conversation in his article, GE stresses the executive-level imperative of the industrial Internet.

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Click here to see copies of my presentation from PACK EXPO and all of GE’s presentations at this industry event.

As always, I appreciate your thoughts or comments.

Barry Lynch

About Barry Lynch

Barry, Global Marketing Director – Automation Hardware at GE’s Intelligent Platforms business, passionately believes that connected machines, mobile data analytics and workforce enablement don’t have to be hurdles in business today. He leads the strategic direction of the company’s automation and information systems programs to help customers apply the power of the Industrial Internet to their businesses. By connecting machines, data, insights, and people, our technology solutions deliver critical insight for greater operational efficiency, effectiveness and optimization. Learn more about how Barry works at GE on LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter at @BarryLynchGE.

Comments (2)

  1. Barry, I agree on balance with your observations, with a few twists:

    – I think you’re missing or downplaying the value of integrating the physical world with business processes (the transactional world). We have seen some very incredible ROI from customers who have leveraged the connectedness that the IoT/Industrial Internet provides to bridge that gap and take latency and inaccuracy out of their processes

    – The real value gets unlocked when we start thinking of this as a “network of networks”. Certainly there is value integration the people, systems, and things within an operation, but when you consider the potential of integrating that “intranet of things” with the energy network, the transportation/distribution network, the supplier network, the service network, and the consumers and users of products, the opportunity is staggeringly large


    Rick Bullotta

  2. Barry Lynch

    Hi Rick
    I appreciate your comments but as I know you understand integrating the physical world and business process is about more than just connecting networks together. The physical world such as a machine captures data in milliseconds and seconds in the context of production (product, temperature, speed pressure). Business systems tend to be transaction based and in context of the business process management being used (Process order, supplier, sales team etc.). basically they speak different languages at different speeds To make them work together requires orchestration of the data between the two worlds , and to do that successfully you need to know what the real value to the business is “the real end game” . Unless the business has a strategic plan for this end game successfully identifying and connecting the data to achieve it becomes challenging. This is really the message I was communicating at PackExpo and is reflected in this interview at the event

    Regards Barry

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