In the past year deploying my Industrial IoT Vibration solution, I have met with many sensor or hardware manufacturers, platform providers, vertical domain experts, system integrators, analytics providers and data scientists. There are many pieces of the pie in the IoT technology stack, which often make it fuzzy where each piece provides value and which company to align with as you try to migrate to the digitization of industrial processes, workflows and assets. Ultimately, you want to partner with an organization that balances both technical and domain expertise that provides value to the customer, of what I refer to as “Vertical A.I.” The subject matter expertise with technical solutions and data science will also need to be merged with business models to deliver our value and allow them to be consumed.
With that context, I wanted to articulate 5 things I found very interesting about Siemens overall and the MindSphere solution below. You may think of German industrial powerhouse Siemens as being primarily a machine builder, but the company has a range of digital offerings that span throughout the entire value chain in manufacturing. From product development, production engineering, and production execution, the company offers a consistent data model across all levels of manufacturing, thanks to its product lifecycle management, digital twin software, and MindSphere IoT platform.