The digital revolution not only promises cost-effective and thus more efficient processes, but also optimized product design and new service models. Before you can unleash these benefits, though, you first need to know what is happening around you. Data analysis is key. Without analyzable data that can be turned into usable results on which to base sound decisions, you'll be left feeling your way in the dark through the digital thicket! Global software supplier IFS is demonstrating at CeBIT 2017 how data from the Internet of Things (IoT) can be put to good use in an ERP system using its IoT Business Connector.
The dual aim in developing the IoT Business Connector was to accelerate IoT projects and curb financial risks. The IFS Applications ERP solution is easily implemented via a plug-and-play connection to the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite, while the IoT Business Connector boasts open APIs for connection to other IoT platforms. This enables businesses to gather, process and use systems, machine and device data in the cloud before passing it on for ERP purposes. The results gained this way can then be used to prompt user-defined, semi-automatic or fully automatic workflows. Visitors to CeBIT will find this is way more exciting than it might sound by taking in live demos at the IFS stand, one of which shows how the IoT can instruct drones to perform system maintenance.