Jumpstart your IoT projects out of the PoC swamp and into Production at Scale, Securely

Hugh Carroll

Last month several key vendors from the IoT ecosystem (Dell EMC, Microsoft Azure, EpiSensor) gathered at the Asavie HQ in Dublin to explore with the local IoT community how companies can move their IoT projects out of the Proof of Concept/Pilot Mode swamp to a point where they are in production and poised to scale successfully. No doubt the prospect of some of our delicious Asavie Passbrew beer brewed at our in-house micro-brewery also helped to lure people out on a winter’s night!

Delays in time from IoT Prototype to Production

Analyst firm Gartner recently observed that most enterprises are still in the initial stages of IoT deployment. * And a recent poll conducted on the Asavie Connected webinar series is reflective of this point, noting that 57% of respondents reported it could take six months or longer for an IoT project to go from prototype to production. The speakers addressed these issues from several perspectives.

First up was Brendan Carroll, CEO of industrial sensor manufacturer, EpiSensor who kicked off the event explaining that companies need to focus on the value that can be derived from their IoT projects and not get distracted by technology.  He emphasized that the Industrial IoT is about a user experience revolution and not a technology revolution. Companies like Episensor are enablers making it easier and cheaper to collect data so that the end-user enterprise can maintain focus on building solutions that deliver real value to their customers – fast.

IoT Centers of Excellence

Jeff McCann, Global Lead for IoT Labs at Dell EMC outlined how his company have been busy building out a global network of IoT innovation Solution centres and IoT Labs where companies can see co-developed solutions from Dell’s IOT solution partner ecosystem in action. These IoT Labs create an environment where enterprises bring in their real-world problems to be validated and road tested prior to going into deployment. Jeff referenced how the industrial IoT accelerator kit developed by Asavie in conjunction with EpiSensor and Dell EMC is being deployed out across these centres globally as a purpose- built approach to securing edge to cloud connectivity for industrial users in order to achieve smarter operations faster.

Make Meaning from an Instrumented World

Next up was John McBride, Cloud Architect with Asavie who touched on the issues which arise when you don’t secure IoT devices and the need to bake in network layer security from the outset and not leave it as an afterthought. He deconstructed the Asavie PassBridge platform showing how the simplicity of a software-defined network as a service approach can be applied to any scale of IoT project from maker stage right through to full-scale industrial usage.  John had some pragmatic advice for all attendees, pointing out that all successful IoT projects are built upon trusted partnerships and are essentially about simply deriving meaning from an instrumented world.

Mike Myers, Principal Technical Evangelist with Microsoft Azure completed the journey by addressing how the Azure IoT Suite offers preconfigured solutions to help enterprises get started with some common IoT scenarios. By offering these templates companies can easily get data to their cloud applications in order to demonstrate value quickly. Mike finished with a case study showing Croke Park the world’s first IoT stadium, using the collection of smart data to improve issues such as safety and security, traffic management, improved value both in running the stadium but also for the users of the space.

So in conclusion, if you are hoping to get your company’s or client’s IoT project out of the proof of concept swamp and into production, it’s important to seek out vendors that have proven IoT expertise and products/services with the capability to deliver tangible results, quickly.

* Gartner, Competitive Landscape: IoT Service Providers 18 September 2017
Analyst(s): Denise Rueb, Eric Goodness, Peter Middleton, Saniye Burcu Alaybeyi