tive use of Io T data, McKinsey & Company’s
study notes: “We estimate that nearly 40
percent of value, on average, will require dif-
ferent Io T systems to communicate with one
another and to integrate data. Relatively little
of that is happening now.”
In strategizing how to leverage Io T data,
manufacturers of foods and beverages are
turning to cloud technologies. Such organiza-
tions are positioned to extend those cloud
business management environments to
exploit Io T data for competitive advantage.
The inherent flexibility of cloud technology makes it well suited for Io T initiatives.
A cloud platform can be customized to
accommodate diverse sensor and other data
far faster and more cost-effectively than
on-premise systems. It can supply a single,
unified repository for the collection, consolidation and analysis of dozens of data tags on
storage temperatures, expirations, downtime,
volume, speed, forklift movements and more.
Moreover, that data is managed in near-real time and can be accessed anytime, from
anywhere, with a web browser. Several use
cases to support food and beverage business
Alerting to exceptions. Managers can
configure real-time alerts to notify them
when conditions fall outside specified thresholds, enabling immediate corrective action.
Reporting and analytics. Personnel can
run reports on trends and identify weak-nesses and areas for improvement across a
range of individual and aggregated data sets.
Stakeholder collaboration. Cloud solutions simplify data access and sharing
across an extended supply chain, from raw
materials manufacturers to shipping partners
and end customers.
Domino’s, the world’s largest pizza
chain, uses a cloud ecommerce platform
implemented by Capgemini to enable its
1,000 franchisees in North America to order
equipment and supplies online. In a future
Io T world, that platform could be extended
with sensor-based data to automate many
replenishment processes for headquarters
and franchisees to realize new efficiencies.
Capgemini is among the IT solutions delivery
leaders evangelizing for an Io T revolution.
“The Io T prize will be won by those who
achieve a change in mindset, from a product
world to a service world,” Capgemini said
in a report. 4 “However, that fundamental
mind-shift is not the only requirement.
Organizations need to get the right IT infra-
structure in place, quickly acquire capabili-
ties in analytics and strengthen a whole host
of functional capabilities.”
The time is right for food and bever-
age makers to move toward the Io T future.
Defining areas of fast, high-value payback is
a key first step for an incremental initiative
that unfolds over time. So is recognizing that
an Io T initiative doesn’t mean capturing 100
percent of sensor data — the trick is identi-
fying the 20 percent of data that contains 80
percent of potential value.
With the right approach atop an agile and
scalable cloud platform, food and beverage
makers will soon find the recipe for success
in taking full advantage of the transformative
potential of Io T.
1 Industry Week, “The Internet of Things Will Make
Manufacturing Smarter,” August 14, 2015.
2 Tata Consulting Services, “Internet of Things: The
Complete Reimaginative Force – TCS Global Trend
Study 2015,” July 2015.
3 McKinsey & Company, “A Executive’s Guide to the
Internet of Things,” August 2015.
4 Capgemini, “Are Organizations Ready for a Multi-
Trillion Dollar Prize?,” July 2014.
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