Ten reasons your business needs a strategy
to capitalize on the Internet of Things today
The Internet of Things is not a futuristic technology trend: it's here today, and it starts with your things—
your line-of-business assets, such as industry devices and sensors, the data they produce, your cloud
services, and your business intelligence tools. That's the Internet of Your Things. By implementing a strategy
to capitalize on the Internet of Things, you can stop just running your business and start making it thrive.
1. Get a jump start on your competition.
Cut a food-service inspection process in half. Give doctors and nurses access to patient records in a
fraction of the time. Enable online grocery shopping with one-hour delivery. Microsoft customers are
already taking advantage of the Internet of Things by connecting their devices to create new insights from
data that help them transform their businesses. It's time to create an Internet of Things strategy so your
business can lead, instead of fighting to catch up.
2. Get more out of your existing IT assets.
Start with your existing IT assets and build upon them. Add a few new devices; connect them to the cloud;
and enable them to talk to each other, to your employees, and to your customers. Transform your business
by utilizing the data those devices generate with business intelligence tools to have deeper insight into
what your customers and employees want and need.
3. Enable small changes to make a big impact.
The Internet of Your Things starts with identifying the one process, product line, or location that matters the most to you, then making
small changes for big impact. Connect robots on the factory floor with back-end systems and create a production line with more
continuous uptime. Add expiration dates to the data set for pharmacy inventory and save thousands of dollars in wasted medications.
Connect one handheld device to your inventory system, suddenly, you've got real-time customer service on the sales floor. The Internet
of Things doesn't have to be overwhelming—a few key improvements can make a big difference.
4. Become more efficient.
Connecting devices and systems can help you shave minutes from a user's login process, hours from
restocking inventory, or days from routine system upgrades and enhancements. When secured data
flows seamlessly between devices and through the cloud, you can access and use it more efficiently than
ever before. That means spending less time pulling reports and more time creating new services and
products based on your new insights.
5. Discover new ways to delight your customers.
From the least-used fitting room in the store to the keywords that drive the strongest coupon sales,
every piece of data is a clue to the products and experiences your customers are seeking. Visualize
emerging patterns and predict behavior to anticipate trends and give your customers what they want,
before they even know they want it.
6. Open up new business opportunities.
Connecting line-of-business assets, such as industry devices and sensors, data, and people gives
you faster processes and fresh insight, resulting in new business opportunities. Combining GPS with
automated kiosks and RFID-enabled check-in lets motorists join a car sharing service and drive away in
minutes. Automating the stonecutting process frees up craftsmen to meet increased demand without
sacrificing quality. The insights you get from your data help you see new possibilities.
7. Increase agility.
Data insights can help you respond more quickly to competition, supply chain changes, customer
demand, and changing market conditions. Collecting and analyzing data gives you quick insight into
trends, so you can change your production activity, fine-tune your maintenance schedule or find less
expensive materials. With the Internet of Things, you can spend less time wondering and more time
8. Build the ability to scale.
New ideas are born when you work with new partners, new technologies, new devices, and new data
streams. You suddenly put your employees and technology to work together in ways never before
imagined. New data opportunities let you shift your focus from repairing machines to fine-tuning their
performance over the long term. Comparing results from different store locations lets you identify the
most successful services and roll them out nationwide. The Internet of Things lets you scale from the
smallest data point to global deployments.
9. Get your devices to start talking.
Devices have the potential to say a lot, but only if there's someone or something on the other end to
engage, react, and listen. By utilizing the Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service, sensors can tell
your distribution center systems which merchandise routes are plagued with delays. Machine-generated
data can tell your operations teams which remote service kiosks will need repairs the soonest. From
sensors to handheld scanners to surgical instruments, the devices in your business can create efficiency
and insight, if you enable them to talk to each other, your employees, and your customers.
10. Transform your business.
When you have a strategy in place to take advantage of the Internet of Things—and you team up with the one company that can
provide the right platforms, services, tools, and partner ecosystem—you can transform your business in real time. Microsoft and its
partners have the technology and the experience to help you put the Internet of Your Things to work in your business today, so you can
stop just running your business, and start making it thrive.
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