Going beyond predictive maintenance
This presents a far broader mandate than simply enabling equipment monitoring or predictive maintenance for a customer. OEMs must consider, for instance, the security implications of what they’re proposing. As an OEM, you’ll want to connect every piece of equipment to the customer’s network. While that might reflect IIoT best practices, it’s also a great way to rattle the customer’s network administrators. Customers need to know that even though their systems are connected to the cloud, with the right industrial solutions, they’re nevertheless protected against malicious attacks and data breaches.
Another critical consideration for industrial customers is interoperability. An IIoT deployment should integrate natively with existing hardware and software components, and also be future-proofed to work with new systems. But as more and more systems are connected together under a unified IIoT platform, rising complexity becomes a potentially expanding problem. Consequently, it’s crucial for OEMs to create a user-friendly experience that enables even non-technical operators to effectively leverage the technology.