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IoT – a disruptive force for manufacturers

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The Internet of Things is changing the way the world operates. IoT is the technology driver for the 4th industrial revolution – a revolution in which things as opposed to the internet are creating a disruptive force in manufacturing; where each and every physical object or system is becoming smart and connected thanks to electronics, embedded software and digital communication capabilities. Digital is changing the game for manufacturers. Smart, connected products, assets and operations offer the potential for productivity gains, cost savings, and improved revenue. Transforming digitally, however, demands new thinking as operations and information technology converge.

A demand for new thinking for manufacturers

It requires a focus on improving the digital maturity of core manufacturing functions across product and asset life cycle management, operations management, system simulation, and industrial cyber-security.  In our increasingly connected digital world, global manufacturing companies face a multitude of challenges. Smart and connected products embed IT at the heart of the product itself across all industrial sectors. Each product or machine is becoming part of the information system itself, interacting on a real-time basis with their users and the world they are living in. There is a continuous effort to use digital to improve the efficiency of product and operations management functions within engineering and industrial facilities.

Real-time data aggregation, analytics and action

Capgemini recently built a Smart Plant Supervision (SPS) solution that improves plant manufacturing and facilities management using the IBM Watson IoT Platform. The end-to-end solution for data aggregation, analytics and action – in near real time – is offered only by Capgemini on IBM Bluemix. SPS is flexible, fast to implement, and supports a variety of digital and analog sensors and comes with pre-built integrations with EAM and ERP systems. SPS enables predictive and preventive maintenance, higher machine up-time, and maximum efficiency in both manufacturing and buildings settings.

In manufacturing, Capgemini’s specialists work alongside the top manufacturers to define, implement and benchmark leading practices. This cultivated expertise has created Capgemini’s close relationships with the largest manufacturers in the world such as the top nine in high-tech, top 14 in automotive, top 10 tier-one suppliers, top eight networking and telecoms equipment, top eight in consumer electronics, and the top seven in aviation, aerospace and defense.

To learn more about CapGemini and IBM’s relationship and the solutions they offer clients, visit the CapGemini and IBM Alliance site.

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