The Internet of Things: Finding the Path to Value

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Executive Summary

The number of network-connected sensors and devices could triple to 21 billion by 2020 . This explosion of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, coupled with advanced analytics capabilities, is changing how manufacturers make business decisions . The 2015 IndustryWeek Industrial Internet of Things Analytics Research Study gauges the current and planned usage of IoT technology and analytics by U.S. manufacturers.

More than half of U.S. manufacturers report that they are currently using IoT technology to collect machine data, and a significant but smaller percentage (44%) are collecting data from sensors embedded in their products.

Despite the fact that they’re already collecting such data, and two- thirds believe the Internet of Things technology will be critical to their future success, only one third of manufacturers report that they have a specific IoT technology strategy. Those that do have a strategy are being pushed by leaders to become more data driven, and they’re applying analytics more widely across their organizations.

Network security and data privacy are manufacturers’ top concerns about IoT technology. They are also concerned about their internal capabilities for data collection and analysis. The leading IoT applications and benefits include monitoring machine performance and product quality, improving equipment uptime, and gaining new market insights.

On the analytics side, while manufacturers are becoming more analytical, two out of three say they rely more on management experience when addressing key business issues. Roughly a quarter (28%) of manufacturing leaders believe they are outpacing their competitors when it comes to the use of analytics. Those that believe they are ahead are collaborating much more widely both internally and externally.

Looking forward at future technology needs and capabilities, manufacturers’ top desire is more training on using current analytical tools. They also want more data storage and processing power, as well as mobile interfaces. Of course, as more products and machines are connected, and analytical capabilities deepen, exciting new applications for Internet of Things technology will continue to emerge.

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