IoT will change the way manufacturing works. But this won't happen willy-nilly. Manufacturers will need to have a plan to ensure IoT investments enhance processes, instead of becoming a wrench in the works.
You know those reports about how products will be able to tell if they are going to break down and will inform the manufacturer to send out a repair technician. Well, that future might be closer than you think.
Automotive manufacturers currently have to assume costly manufacturing errors in their balance sheet: namely a rainy day piggy bank for the inevitable recalls and litigation costs. Predictive diagnostics can quickly change that scenario by finding problems in vehicles before they start killing people and ringing up the jury awards. The question is, will big data inform automakers that taking the litigation risk may actually be cheaper than fixing the problems? And if so, which path will automakers choose to take?
The fragmentation of the Android ecosystem not only challenges enterprises confronting BYOD and app developers creating apps that work across all Android devices, but also handset manufacturers trying to retain customers.
Close to 80 percent of manufacturers plan to develop mobile apps in 2013, but current adoption rates for corporate app stores are less than 20 percent among manufacturers, according to research firm IDC.