If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it, or improve it.” This variation on a famous quote by management guru Peter Drucker has been a driving force in managing people and processes in the most successful organizations over the last century.

When it comes to everything else, you need IoT to measure it, networks to transport it, digital twins to manage it, analytics to improve it, and automation to scale it.

The Internet of Things is a network of connected devices and sensors that can transmit telemetry containing their current health, performance, and state to edge and cloud computing destinations for analysis to derive actionable insights. Some devices are capable of receiving commands to update their software, firmware, configuration, or runtime behavior. Devices must have compute, storage, power, and networking capabilities along with the ability to run software. IoT platforms running in the cloud or at the edge are used to manage the identity and security of devices, users, and digital twins, while facilitating telemetry ingestion, storing/routing data, and sending of commands. Acting as an API for the whole world, IoT allows you to remotely know the current state of everything in your organization in real-time to provide early warning of problems or inefficiencies so you can take actions in a timely fashion.