Newer, more agile startups are challenging larger corporations that, until now, were thought of as untouchable. Adding to the market mayhem is a readiness by consumers to spend money on unfamiliar products or brands. Big brands can’t assume continued customer loyalty.
To find, or keep, their competitive edge, companies are turning to the IoT. Connected, smart technology can be embedded in all aspects of a business — from operations and distribution to deployment and customer experience. Companies continue to discover innovative ways to integrate the IoT into their business in order to meet some key objectives:
Although implementing IoT solutions offers many advantages, I’ve seen too many IoT initiatives stuck in Proof of Concept (PoC) purgatory. There are a few reasons for that:
IoT solutions are intricate in nature — they involve a combination of people, hardware, software and business processes. You have to think about selecting the appropriate hardware and define the process to procure and image it. You also must consider possible logistical issues, select the correct software solution that can be scalable and will provide a good user experience, and engage the people participating and/or affected by the solution.
Additionally, effort needs to be put into thinking about how the business/operational processes will have to change to work alongside the new solution. That’s not easy.
With so many considerations and technical questions to answer, some organizations are tagging a Systems Integrator (SI) to help them get over the IoT hurdle. This is a great option for businesses with small IT teams or short-term projects.
For other organizations with a dedicated IT team and long-term plans for continuous transformation, Microsoft offers a variety of open-source solutions in the IoT space. These third-party offerings are partially baked, plug-and-play solutions — they still require all the strategic planning and technical knowledge previously outlined in standing up an IoT solution.
But Insight now offers an even faster method. To help clients implement applications immediately and begin to experience the benefits right away, we’ve partnered with Microsoft to create out-of-the-box, custom solutions.
We work with clients to modify solutions to make them more relevant and owned by the client. By developing these end-to-end solution accelerators, we help clients quickly embark on their IoT journey.
The solution accelerators from Insight consist of:
These solutions offer tremendous value to clients, allowing them to focus on the problem at hand and see the benefits quickly. These are true turnkey solutions for devices, deployment and support.
Defining and implementing an IoT vision is a complex process. At Insight, we’re committed to helping clients manage today and transform for the future. Our solution accelerators were built for the benefit of our clients, to help you realize your vision sooner and drive meaningful outcomes today.