Engaging with an Internet of Things System Integrator

Engaging with an Internet of Things System Integrator

Episode 45

Traditional System Integrators (SIs) are setting their sights on integrating the systems of the Internet of Things. And why not; due to networking inoperability and the immature state of IoT platforms and their corresponding ecosystems, for the foreseeable future most enterprises deploying IoT are going to need a helping hand.

It sounds obvious but before you engage, have a plan, preferably a business plan.  Articulate the technical and business outcomes you want as well as your timetable and budget.  And know what you have.  Know your asset architecture and which assets you want to have connected first.

Three important factors for choosing your SI are:

  • Be sure they understand or better yet, serve your industry.
  • Be sure that they have existing relationships with organizations providing network Operational Technology (OT) and analytics to your industry.
  • Be prepared and open to pivot during development. Every IoT project I’ve been part of has made one or more pivots along the way.  This implies finding a partner that shares this mindset and who can be flexible enough to accommodate this in operations and in budget.

Here’s What We’ll Cover in this Video:

  • Asset environments and architectural assessments.
  • When System Integrators normally get involved in a project and how far they go.
  • Typical project sizes as measured by number of end nodes.
  • The importance of agility and flexibility in standing up a pilot.
  • The importance of domain experience and being part of an ecosystem.

Watch this video to see Jayraj Nair discuss the ins and outs of working with a System Integrator (SI) on your Internet of Things project.


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