One thing’s for sure, it’s not us! Like so many things in life, people just love to complicate things because complexity equals intelligence equals superiority and that makes you ‘better than’ me or something like that. It’s enough to look at the lingo: there are more acronyms in an average IT blog than there are traffic lights in the town where I live. So, for those of us living in the real world, let’s keep this real simple.
Take your average guy running a business or organization anywhere in the world and ask him five questions:
1. Do you want to be more efficient?
2. Would you like to improve your products and services?
3. Are you interested in new business opportunities?
4. Does the ability to move and adapt fast to what your customers want or do hit the right sort of button?
5. Is it interesting to be able to ramp your activity up or down quickly to match what’s going on out there?
On the sound basis that we are not all predictable let’s say that at least 4 of these would get a resounding ‘yes’. So far so good.
But now, you have to explain that in order to reach this nirvana business status one simply needs to ‘connect the machines’. Once connected and all talking in a way we can all catch and use, those self-same machines will provide ‘information’ and it is this that will reveal all those fabulous secrets to future success a bit like the Ten Commandments. At this point one can add that this is called ‘M2M technology’ but that could be a risk particularly because it means almost the same as IoT!
Whenever technology raises its ugly head, implicit of course is that an ‘expert’ is needed or even worse a consultant. It is they that advise that one has to have an ‘infrastructure’ so for example the IT team will be understood by the delivery team. Then of course ‘security’ needs to be built in and we are reminded that companies now are no longer allowed to do A, B or C anymore because some new legislation has just been passed. To cap it all we are reminded that some of the kit currently being used is new and some is old so naturally they’re not communicating well and some aren’t even communicating at all!
Is it any wonder that the eyes of our average guy have glazed over, dollar bills rush across his consciousness like a rampant bull and a glass of water is urgently needed to calm the nerves! So what’s to be done?
Answer #1 is rewind and explain. The world has moved on and lots of stuff already out there is primed and ready to go and most of us don’t even know it. Standards and industry protocols are in place, off-the-shelf hardware is already available and both Cloud and Virtualization technology are not new or untested and are there to be used. In simple terms, lots of the work is already done and it’s just a matter of using it.
Answer #2 is get a Eurotech gearbox. That’s confused you, hasn’t it, but it shouldn’t because a gearbox is actually no more than an assembly that connects an engine to a drive system under different conditions. In this scenario, all those ‘machines’ out there that count, see, hear, monitor, store and record are the engine. On the other side – and that’s the drive side – is ‘the information’, the business application and therefore the opportunity.
If it’s important our gearbox is called ‘Everyware Cloud’. You will note that ‘ware’ is not spelt ‘where’ as in ‘where is the station’ but refers to ‘goods’ as in ‘ware’ – house. When the word ‘ware’ is attached to ‘Every’, it implies all types of ‘goods’, ‘articles’ or in our case ‘machines’. The second word ‘Cloud’ is important because this denotes the location of the gearbox which as you may have guessed is in the ‘Cloud’ when we refer our public cloud offering. We certainly offer this M2M/IoT gearbox also for private cloud and on-premise scenarios.
Answer #3 is clarify the end-game. What we are talking about here is not actually simply consolidating different types of information from different sources and possibly different places and/or times. By wrapping up and hiding the complexity – the jargon word is ‘encapsulating’ – what is on offer here is the ability to rapidly enable innovative, new business models and processes and it is that which gives the edge, the lead and the difference to our average guy in the market-place.
It is that speed, that level of innovation and that precision that will ultimately deliver the all-important ‘hows’ to the five questions we posed at the beginning with the key to simple, cost-effective IoT solutions being the ‘gearbox’. To find out more about what that involves, discover how to bootstrap your IoT project and enjoy the next part of the journey.