Ecosystems and the Industrial Internet Consortium

Ecosystems and the Industrial Internet Consortium

Episode 111

No one company is big enough to provide an end-to-end industrial Internet of Things solution.  Realizing this the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) was founded to bring together different solutions from different vendors to address different use cases.  The end game however is not technology, but business – to understand what is needed to put together solutions that not only work well, but sell well.  I’m a big believer in ecosystems so in this episode of the IoT Inc Business Show, I discuss the IIC with Stephen Mellor to see if this consortium is right for you

In this episode of the IoT Inc Business Show, I discuss the IIC with Stephen Mellor to see if this consortium is right for you.

Stephen is the Chief Technical Officer for the Industrial Internet Consortium, where he directs the standards requirements and technology & security priorities for the Industrial Internet. In that role, he coordinates the activities of the several testbed working groups and teams.

The IIC ecosystem helps companies large and small.  By being part of test beds and by networking at meetings, small companies get to rub shoulders with the giants and demonstrate their worth.  Large companies see how their solutions mesh in vitro and find smaller companies to fill in the tech gaps.  But all are there to make contacts and form partnerships to advance their business – the precursor to any ecosystem.

This is the second time I’ve had the IIC on the show.  99 episodes ago I thought there were five main IoT alliances/consortia/groups that could be right for you.  Now it’s down to three and I interview them all: The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the Open Connectivity Foundation and the Industry 4.0 group.  Depending on your focus, one or more of these organizations and are worth looking into when starting your IoT journey.  Listen to this podcast mini-series to hear which ones.

Here’s What We’ll Cover in this Episode

  • The purpose of an ecosystem
  • Intellectual property and the IIC
  • The relationship between the IIC and standards bodies
  • How the knowledge gained by the IIC frameworks are disseminated to members and the public at large
  • Pricing for the different levels of membership in the Industrial Internet Consortium
  • Amount of time that should be dedicated to the IIC to get results for your company
  • IIC’s definition of it’s focus and it’s not only the Industrial Internet
  • The cross-matrix organizational structure of the IIC

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