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"As a consultant who helps clients build solutions in the cloud, it may come as a surprise when I say that not everything belongs in the cloud." We are now witnessing the next chapter in cloud adoption, and that is with increased cloud intelli- gence at the edge. What's more, the ability to use the same cloud technologies, programming languages, and models — regardless of location — creates increased flexibility and efficiencies in development, maintenance, and operations costs. Does it make sense for a production line to rely on a call to the cloud to determine whether or not to shut down a production line? No more than it does for an autonomous vehicle to act on the need to step on the brakes before colliding with the car in front of it. Much of IIoT's potential comes from real-time, local decision making and action on the basis of sensor data. Yet, the cloud still has an important role to play in helping enterprises look across locations, improv- ing their decision algorithms, and effectively “honing the edge” to make better local decisions. Recall the scenario with temperature readings every second. What is the “right” temperature threshold for a production line to slow down or be taken offline? The combined knowledge and experience across many locations and outputs from many predictive analytics algorithms helps lead to control algorithms that can be deployed at the edge, and in the process make best practice-based, data-driven local decisions. Field Service Engineering Field service team enablement and utilization are both critical components and benefits to an indus- trial IoT solution. tied to proper scheduling and deployment of field service teams. This, however, is just the beginning of the impact: access to real-time sensor data can actu- ally help field service teams make repairs and cali- brate operations. We are seeing the emergence of augmented reality and voice solutions as valuable tools in helping field service engineers do their jobs. Having headset or tablet access to exploded, 3D CAD drawings with detailed installation and configuration procedures, along with real-time sensor data, can significantly reduce repair times while increasing quality and safety. And if holding a tablet in front of a machine part to examine its contents isn’t necessarily the most prac- tical way of making repairs, a hands-free voice inter- face providing both instructions and real-time con- figuration/sensor data can be extremely helpful. Summary In many ways, the Internet of Things is still just get- ting started. With the arrival of the cloud and aiding technologies that can be deployed securely at the edge, we are witnessing OT gain confidence in imple- menting solutions that expand beyond their four walls. CTP, with our expertise in deploying both cloud and IoT solutions, along with our incredible team of experience designers, is well-positioned to assist you in operationalizing your industrial IoT needs. To learn more about industrial IoT, visit Sensor-enabled operations can tell when something has broken or is about to break, which in turn can be FALL 2017 | THE DOPPLER | 9