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The Connected Enterprise: Fact or Fiction?

Connected-EnterpriseBusinesses harness the power of technology in pursuit of operational excellence, competitive differentiation, and workforce productivity. Enterprise connectivity in the form of the Internet of Things (IoT) as a technology has evolved well beyond the industry hype-cycle and is leading towards maturity. IoT promises significant value propositions for businesses and employees alike. Embracing the IoT movement presenting multi-billion dollar business opportunities is no longer an option for progressive organizations facing unparalleled business challenges amid the changing technology landscape.

Connected Enterprise for Business

The IoT-driven connected and real-time world presents unprecedented opportunities for organizations to innovate their business models and produce new sources of revenue, information-driven decisions, greater efficiencies, and smarter customer interactions. IoT supports the ability to replace traditional, manual processes with data-driven, automated, remote, and mobile information management and control mechanisms.

For example, sensors on assembly lines can track production progress in real-time. Connecting objects, people, processes, and data across the supply chain as part of the connected enterprise movement significantly alters the supply chain to optimize and achieve excellence across all associated business operations. IoT-driven automated monitoring and control mechanisms can replace resource-consuming manual processes. Similarly, the relevance of IoT Big Data, mobility, and the rise of intelligent machines impacts every business function ranging from HR, finances, and operations, to development, marketing, sales, and customer support.

Harnessing the power of enterprise connectivity allows business organizations to mobilize their workforce, empowering people with the necessary information and services across the corporate network and beyond. However, an integrated and secure connectivity system is critical to successful IoT adoption considering the prevalent security threats.

Connected Enterprise for Employees

Top performing business organizations engage employees to their maximum potential with information, connectivity, mobility, and collaboration for improved productivity and profitability. IoT not only empowers Things with capabilities to act upon intelligence but also allows people to interact with connected objects and access remote information repositories and services on the go to efficiently perform regular business operations.

For example, employees manufacturing products can access production specifications, instructions, and notes with wearable, optical, head-mounted display gadgets while maintaining focus on the actual production operations as well as communicating with their peers via headsets. These capabilities allow employees to share insights and ideas unique to themselves without interrupting the actual work or getting distracted, thereby maximizing talent potential and operating as a truly connected, combined, and collaborative enterprise.

The connected enterprise also aligns and improves the company culture based on evolving business strategies and workforce technology requirements. IoT takes the the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) enterprise mobility culture to a more practical and useful business use case. For example, employees can use their devices to access IoT data from their mobile devices, create reports, and process remote control operations. These IoT capabilities enable true and meaningful employee telepresence overcoming economical, physical, and time barriers to performe business operations across geographically disparate locations.

The Future of Connected Enterprise

The future of enterprise technologies centers around people, processes, and data. Connecting physical objects, machines, humans, and the wider corporate network allows organizations to maximize resource utilization and workforce potential as part of the connected enterprise movement. Enterprise connectivity is no longer an option for organizations competing on grounds of innovation and talent instead of capital investments and existing brand reputation. The Internet of Things levels the playing field for employees and business organizations to deliver the best results as individual and collective entities. How each company leverages the IoT is limited only by their imagination.