Checklist IIoT: Success factors for a real success story

Checklist IIoT: The 8 Success factors


Digital technologies help, optimize and create new business opportunities. For large corporations as well as for medium-sized companies. Not only in times of crisis, but always: With successful solutions in the field of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), companies can optimize their efficiency and save costs in the short term. In addition, IIoT ensures optimized business decisions in the medium and long term through data-based analyses and forms the basis for new business models and services. How to successfully implement these solutions - that's what this blog article says. Our experts at ROBIOTIC know which factors make even highly complex IIoT applications a success story. Short spoiler: A good mix of solid basic knowledge, competent partners and service providers as well as careful preparation and well-structured planning is not bad at all.


Cooperation with partners

The market research company International Data Corporation IDC forecasts that around 20 percent of global revenue growth in 2025 will be based on new combinations of digital services from different industries. There is considerable potential here not only in the company's own data-based business models, but above all in cooperation with innovation partners: The combination of data collected from different sides enables new, joint data-based innovations, products and services.


Defining the business case

The first and most important step to guide the entire strategy: What problem is to be solved with an IIoT solution? How does this solution increase efficiency? How do I convince the internal target group (employees, engineers, facility managers, etc.)? What technology will I use to implement the solution afterwards? After all, an IIoT solution means change first and foremost. The business case should therefore convincingly present how the project will change existing business processes and business procedures - and that it is precisely these changes that will create indispensable added value.


The effective business case includes addressing the following parameters:

• Sensors for data acquisition at the machine

• Communication technology for data transmission

• Big Data applications for data acquisition, data storage and further processing

• Analysis modules for data evaluation and interpretation

• Visualization of findings in comprehensible dashboards


Consider scalability

Small-format implementations may be the right solution to get started. However, they cannot leverage the great potential for new, digital business concepts. At this point, the right approach to the technical and quantitative complexity of the devices is crucial: Centralized, automatable updates and configurations enable successful scaling without additional high maintenance costs - especially with an increasing number of networked devices.


Integrating security and cybersecurity

Effective security concepts should be part of the implementation from the very beginning. In terms of cybersecurity, the clear rule for any IIoT project is action over reaction - secure networking of all devices and interfaces is a fundamental element for any project. With the experience gained from the outset, the security system can be sensibly and efficiently extended to other areas in the company as the project progresses.


Appropriate support: Find the right service providers

A lot of studies clearly highlight one finding: external specialists were almost always brought in for sustainably successful IIoT projects. The reason for this is obvious: Very few companies involved in IIoT can call on IoT-experienced experts, specialists, engineers, developers and networkers from the outset who are familiar with communications technology, sensor technology, hardware, software, cloud, cybersecurity, certifications, etc. But especially these competences are absolutely indispensable for the successful implementation of a complex IIoT project - we as ROBIOTIC, in the technology network HK.SYSTEMS, have exactly this knowledge, which is exactly what these customers need.


At a glance: Eight success factors for successful IIoT implementations

The Institute for Learning and Innovation in Networks (ILIN) at Karlsruhe (Germany) University of Applied Sciences, together with a renowned technology company, has identified eight success factors for the efficient implementation of IIoT projects as part of a case study. A checklist for a promising digital future and a significant return on investment (ROI):

  • Holistic understanding on the user side: for realizing the full potential of the IIoT project

  • Anchoring IIoT in the corporate strategy: as a foundation and focus

  • Use case orientation: for a concrete benefit perspective, optimal understanding and high internal acceptance

  • High implementation speed

  • Permanent availability of sufficient resources with IIoT expertise: Internally or via partnerships and cooperations

  • User-friendliness of the IIoT system

  • Process analysis in the planning phase: Enables a significant increase in overall implementation productivity

  • Technical infrastructure review for IIoT capability

veröffentlicht am : 2021-12-02 10:00