The Internet of Things (IoT) is a game changer. When businesses start connecting the devices and assets they already own, the wealth of data will enable them to optimize their operations, perform predictive maintenance, precisely manage their inventory, improve product development, open up new revenue streams, roll out new services—and much more.
While IoT can transform your business, the complexity of building an IoT solution can seem overwhelming. At Microsoft, we view IoT as a journey. We help you get off to a quick start with the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite, and provide the interoperability, flexibility, and open ecosystem needed to overcome barriers to implementation and keep your IoT projects running smoothly.
So what are some of those barriers, and what can you do about them? Here are the three we see customers run into most frequently and how we can help:
- Long time to value
IoT projects can take a long time. From business case development to proof of concept to full-scale rollout, each stage of the process can be fraught with challenges. Based on our work with customers, we recommend that businesses follow a five-phase process to minimize the time required to deploy their IoT projects, while maximizing the return on these initiatives.
To help organizations maximize their initial IoT investment, we offer the IoT QuickStart program, a hands-on consultation aimed at helping eligible enterprise organizations accelerate their IoT projects. We also save customers time evaluating vendors with our Azure Certified for IoT program, which certifies third-party products that work with the Azure IoT Suite. In addition, we offer a series of Microsoft Azure Starter Kits, user-friendly tutorials that help customers seamlessly connect their devices to the cloud with Azure IoT. By taking advantage of offerings such as these, businesses can reduce what is often a several-year process down to as little as a few weeks or months.
Another obstacle organizations run into is the difficulty of expanding their IoT project over time. Many companies successfully implement a solution with a few hundred devices in one location, only to find that it won’t scale to support hundreds of thousands or even millions of devices across many different locations.
Built on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, the Azure IoT Suite performs at hyperscale—efficiently connecting millions, even billions of devices in geographically dispersed locations, and handling trillions of messages per month. And if you need to, you can continue to store your data on-premises while taking advantage of 28 Azure regions worldwide to seamlessly scale your IoT solution globally.
- Difficulty customizing IoT projects
If your company’s assets and devices cannot be connected to existing enterprise software, legacy databases, and other systems, your IoT solution won’t be able to generate the insights needed to improve the business.
By choosing an open and flexible platform and a rich ecosystem of global partners with expertise in IoT, you can ensure your IoT solution is tailored to meet your company’s unique needs. Azure IoT is designed to integrate with the processes, devices, and systems a company already has—enabling you to make the best use of both existing and new data sources.
We understand how challenging it can be to embark on an IoT project, and we know how to help businesses like yours reap the benefits of IoT while building on your company’s existing technology assets. To learn more, register for our upcoming webinar, “How to Tackle the Top 3 Challenges of IoT Projects.”
And for more info on how IoT can transform your business, please visit www.InternetofYourThings.com.