The world we now live in is changing in a pace and manner that is unrivaled in human history. Revolutionary advances in technologies are reshaping the way we live and work all around the world. As businesses grapple with the new challenges they present, they are faced with a choice between being overtaken by technological changes, or harnessing their power to succeed and prosper through digital transformation.
IoT (the Internet of Things) is one such technology trend that is leading digital transformation and innovation in the evolving business world. It will forever change the way we connect with each other and the world around us.
What is IoT?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical electronic objects such as vehicles, machines, smart devices, home appliances, and more, that are connected to the internet and to one another. This connection enables them to communicate, gather and exchange data without human intervention.
Simply put, IoT devices share data through a wired or wireless connection. In the home, devices such as the Nest thermostat, are part of the IoT world.
The growth of IoT is leading to an increasingly connected physical and digital world. Gartner predicts that in 2020, there will be 20 billion internet-connected devices.
The statistics of IoT’s growth and global expansion bear witness to its impact and its many potential benefits.
IoT in the Manufacturing Industry
IoT is gaining momentum across various industry sectors, and has already established a strong presence in the manufacturing industry.
Technology applications in the manufacturing industry are currently being used in these areas: To connect machines; enable predictive maintenance; automate and monitor processes in hazardous areas, thus ensuring the safety of employees; and much more.
These technologies hold tremendous potential to drive progress on a global scale. However, this is only the beginning, and the endless possibilities of how it can transform and modernize business operations continue to grow.
The Importance of Data Integration with IoT
In today’s digital and data-driven business environment, the ability for multiple business systems to integrate and share data with one another has become a major success factor.
When a growing business has several siloed business applications, challenges arise that can severely cripple the growth of your business. Running a company with disparate software often leads to wasted employee productivity; lack of real-time visibility; duplicate, conflicting or obsolete data; etc.
Some of the major benefits of data integration include:
- Timely access to accurate data.
- Real-time visibility.
- Process automation.
- Reduced risk of errors.
- Improved employee productivity and efficiency.
- Enhancements to customer service.
- Streamlined collaboration and data sharing across departments.
- And much more.
Unlock the Power of ERP Data with Commercient’s IoT Pulse
With Commercient’s IoT Pulse, you can connect your ERP system such as SYSPRO, NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics, Sage, Acumatica, etc., to over 1,100 apps. This will help to automate data migrations and frequent tasks.
IoT Pulse can also connect your ERP system to CRM systems like HubSpot, Salesforce, Zoho CRM, and others as well as to 1,100 internet apps, including Magento eCommerce, Mailchimp, Gmail, WordPress, social media apps, and many others.
Integrating your data with IoT Pulse enables you to effectively use data to drive optimal business performance and keep you ahead of the game.
IoT Best Practices
IoT is gaining strength and providing new ways to make life easier and more efficient through connected technology. Invest in the future of your business as a global competitive player, and contact Commercient today to find out how we can help you prepare for the digital future.