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Wolfgang Möller | October 25, 2017

Matching Different IoT Ecosystems – Part 4 – People as Part of the IoT Story


[vc_row][vc_column][itelli_text_and_image_module]Wolfgang Möller, our Global Director Discrete Industries and Internet of Things, had the chance to talk to three international IoT Architects from NTT DATA Business Solutions. The topic was how to match different IoT ecosystems in organizations. The full round table discussion is splitted up into four interesting video snippets covered in the following blog series.

This blog is the fourth and final article in our “Matching Different IoT Ecosystems” blog series. During the three previous blog articles, we dealt with processes and technology. Now, we are coming to the element that is starring in the digital transformation and design of united ecosystems – people.

In my eyes, people within the organizations are the major challenge for matching different ecosystems. I found that a proven way is to have value-oriented discussions. Just as I did in the three blog posts before, I asked my international colleagues what their thoughts and experiences were.[/itelli_text_and_image_module][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][itelli_video_module_2017 url=”” headline=”Part 4 – People as Part of the IoT Story”][itelli_text_and_image_module type=”url” color_scheme=”grey” link_url=”” link_label=”Watch on YouTube”]Part 4 is the final part of the “Matching Different IoT Ecosystems” series. Global IoT Architects from NTT DATA Business Solutions are discussing about the major part of the Internet of Things story: The people of the organization. To sum up there are 3 factors that have to be considered gain the most value out of Internet of Things scenarios.[/itelli_text_and_image_module][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][itelli_text_and_image_module headline=”Watch the Entire Round Table Discussion”][/itelli_text_and_image_module][itelli_image_module images=”%5B%7B%22image%22%3A%2213933%22%2C%22overlay%22%3A%22none%22%7D%5D”][itelli_text_and_image_module type=”url” color_scheme=”grey” link_url=”” link_label=”Watch the entire Video “]Watch the full length Video to get all the insights on how to match different IoT Ecosystems. Our IoT Architects are discussing the technical challenges, sensor integration and onboarding processes, today’s relevance of an ERP system, and last but not least about the people within the organization.[/itelli_text_and_image_module][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][itelli_text_and_image_module headline=”People Have to Be Forced to Collaborate Across Silos”]Looking at the situation in companies, you might agree that most departments are working in their own silos. They are directly focused on their processes. That’s their job so far. Through change that comes from the outside, companies are now forced to think outside the box. E.g., for efficiency reasons, workshops are conducted to optimize (or rather integrate) the value-creation chain. People across departments and sometimes across company borders are establishing dialogue with each other. This has been a positive development, so far. But the next big question as far as the processes are integrated is: “Who owns the data?” In most cases, this is a pretty complex discussion, because people are focused on their point of view. Today’s times call for a more open-minded view to create added value. This huge task could be tackled by a new role within organizations: the ecosystem engineer.[/itelli_text_and_image_module][itelli_text_and_image_module headline=”The Ecosystem Engineer”]In my opinion, this is a personality with T-shaped skills, meaning a person who has the ability to collaborate across disciplines and is specialized in some fields, e.g., processes and technology. This innovative role could be compared to a conductor of an orchestra. Bringing business partners from a horizontal perspective and different business units from a vertical perspective together to establish dialogue and create value-added outcome would be the core task of the ecosystem engineer. However, to hire such a person is not the entire solution to the problem. But it is a good start. In general, we have to internalize an open mind for evolution and change across all business entities and networks.[/itelli_text_and_image_module][itelli_text_and_image_module headline=”Evolution of Change on All Sides”]To recap the entire blog series, my bottom line is that three factors have to be considered in matching different ecosystems to gain the most value out of Internet of Things scenarios.[/itelli_text_and_image_module][itelli_list_module color_scheme=”white-bg-ret-dots” items=”%5B%7B%22item%22%3A%22Technology%3A%20We%20are%20in%20need%20of%20an%20IT%20architecture%20that%20embraces%20all%20requirements%20processes%20have%20for%20it.%20%22%7D%2C%7B%22item%22%3A%22Processes%3A%20They%20have%20to%20be%20integrated%20vertically%20as%20well%20as%20horizontally%20in%20order%20to%20smooth%20the%20way%20and%20enable%20end-to-end%20process%20flows.%20%22%7D%2C%7B%22item%22%3A%22People%3A%20Processes%20don%E2%80%99t%20grow%20on%20trees.%20They%20need%20people%20to%20shape%20them.%20Therefore%2C%20people%20need%20an%20open%20mindset%2C%20some%20inspiration%2C%20and%20the%20ability%20to%20collaborate%20across%20disciplines.%22%7D%5D”][itelli_text_and_image_module]We are living in exciting times. Let’s move things forward together.

What is the situation in your company like? What is your digital maturity level in general? Check it out at[/itelli_text_and_image_module][itelli_text_and_image_module type=”url” color_scheme=”grey” headline=”What about your company?” link_url=”” link_label=”Check your Digital Maturity Level!” image=”17548″]NTT DATA Business Solutions’ IoT experts developed a brief check of up to 9 steps for you. It helps you to get a quick understanding of your organization’s digital maturity level and of where you are starting from. The short assessment considers your business model, products and services as well as your processes. The abstract you receive afterwards gives you essential input to identify your organization’s strengths, priorities and weak points, and to define your digital vision. The Digital Maturity Level Check is the starting point for your individual digital transformation.[/itelli_text_and_image_module][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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