Organizational readiness: are you ready for IoT?
The strategic decision to achieve digital transformation through IoT should start with the following questions:
1. Are there already any specific use cases that make sense for my company?
It is important to prioritize the right cases. An important factor here is the replication potential of the use case. While some cases solve one specific problem and are therefore unique to the company, others can be replicated many times. A scalable use case that solves a particular problem for the first time and can subsequently be duplicated is usually a good starting point for IoT.
2. Are all my relevant stakeholders included?
The relevant stakeholders for the selected use case must be involved from the outset. Many organizations make the mistake of wanting to start a project without having decided what data they need and how often, or what processes are affected and how they will analyze the IoT data.
3. Is there enough IoT expertise within my company?
An important question to ask at the beginning of an Internet of Things use case: does the company have the required expertise in the areas shown in the IoT Adoption Framework? This is important because, if the expertise is indeed lacking, external advisors with experience of similar projects will have to be brought in to help the organization plan and implement the use case.
4. Is my organization open to changes in business processes?
Your entire company must be open to the idea of the Internet of Things. Once the project has begun, the focus must not be solely on its implementation. Training, tutorials and other support mechanisms also have an important role in facilitating rapid scaling of the enterprise-wide roll-out and ensuring long-term success.