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7 Reasons why IIoT Projects fail (Cisco)

7 Reasons why IIoT Projects fail (Cisco) 


The IIoT brings new promises to the plant floor: lower operating cost, better visibility, and improved Overall Equipment Effectiveness. These results are all in the pot of gold at the end of the IIoT rainbow, but that pot is sometime hard to find.


Here are the top 7 reasons why I believe IIoT projects fail:


1. Starting too big too fast

If you focus on your entire plant, you will be making success much less likely. Try starting with a smaller project, in a key focus area – perhaps an area that has the most downtime, the most maintenance, the most energy consumption, etc. Keep the project manageable. Make sure you contemplate how to scale – if you are successful, what’s next?


2. Lack of a clear objective

I continue to be surprised by the number of companies diving headfirst into an IIoT journey with no clear goal, objective, or a full understanding of ROI. What is success? Determine what you are trying to achieve and measure it before and after any IIoT implementation. For example, what’s your unplanned downtime today? Where do you want it to be? By when?


3. Lack of internal company alignment

The days where operations can implement networking projects without IT are gone, or at least close to extinction. You can only find the pot of gold together. For example, data analysis might bring new compute requirements where IT can help. IIoT can also bring new security risks – a key area where IT can help, but only by fully understanding operational requirements. You also need executive buy in. Not only can this help you with driving support across your organization, but it may help “grease the skids” for approval by aligning with corporate objectives like Sustainability or Security.


You can read the rest of the article from Cisco by clicking here.