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    IIoT, big data, and cybersecurity can help your business, but it's hard to understand how without first understanding those topics. An example of IIoT would be using MachineMetrics technology to track your machine's efficiency. That data can then be used to help your business by reducing downtime and keeping your machines in tip-top shape! Automation World said, "Big Data would be a natural progression beyond IIoT because it uses the data captured from IIoT devices and other systems to identify events, diagnose root cause, and in some cases even predict these events." Cybersecurity is important in relation to IIoT and big data because there needs to be a focus on keeping your information safe and secure. 

    Recommended Read Industry 4.0—What Does It Mean to Your Operations?Source: http://www.automationworld.com

    My first job out of college was as a manufacturing engineer at a paper mill. It was challenging and fulfilling, and presented an opportunity to learn from my first real boss, Jim, who would soon become a mentor. Jim was full of humble, insightful advice. One of his most compelling lessons was: “If you don’t know the answer, don’t try to B.S. your way through. Just say you don’t know.” This advice has served me well over the years, though I do admit to skirting the edges of B.S. every now and then. As vice president of sales and marketing for an engineering consulting firm, I’m often asked to comment or speak to large groups of senior executives vying to keep their companies on the forefront of technology. Trends such as Industry 4.0 often register on the B.S. meter as most people are searching for practical, business-driven reasons for change—not buzzwords, acronyms and jargon. What exactly is Industry 4.0 and how do we sift through the B.S. to find the facts? Read More

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