Doubt that the Industrial Internet has hit the mainstream yet? Think again. Yahoo! News recently released a list of the top 10 tech terms everyone needs to know for 2014, and the Industrial Internet is front and center. Moreover, the report’s author - Douglas Schmidt, professor of computer science at Vanderbilt University – does a good job of translating the term into everyday language:
“Industrial Internet is an emerging communication infrastructure that connects people, data, and machines to enable access and control of mechanical devices in unprecedented ways. The Industrial Internet leverages the power of Cloud Storage and Computing to connect machines embedded with sensors and sophisticated software to other machines (and end users) so we can extract data, make sense of it, and find meaning where it did not exist before. Machines—from jet engines to gas turbines to medical scanners—connected via the Industrial Internet have the analytical intelligence to self-diagnose and self-correct, so they can deliver the right information to the right people at the right time (and in real-time).”
But wait, there’s more! The list also includes four other related or adjacent terms, including Cloud Storage, Advanced Manufacturing, Big Data, and Agile Development Methods. To recap, 50% of the tech terms everyone should know in 2014 are either directly or indirectly associated with the Industrial Internet. So, if you haven’t yet… it’s time to start paying attention!