Is a lack of centralised data impacting decision making?

 

We all know the feeling – a critical system that has been running for years but now needs some maintenance, maybe a new hardware device or a server room update.

Critical planning is required to minimise the downtime but...

Who knows where the machine is?

How do you restart it?

How do you know if it is working?

Who do you contact if things go wrong?

Who will be impacted by the outage?

 

A client of Mintec's recently encountered this scenario.

This particular client had to move a critical system that had been running untouched for a number of years. The pre-planning phase exposed a number of risks, but a key issue boiled down to trying to locate all the inputs required to make decisions.

Here's what they discovered:

This dispersion of information is typical of many systems, and the older the system, the higher your risk becomes.

At the end of the day, key data spread across many platforms must be collated in order for you to make timely and critical business decisions.

The Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become a framework to centralise data in order to make critical decisions – bringing data back to a central location to allow users to run tools across that data looking at trends and finding anomalies.

The IoT is the network of physical objects — devices, vehicles, buildings and other items — embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data.

How can you regain control of your data?

Centralised data will certainly remove a few sleepless nights, but the ultimate challenge is how to take back control of these systems without redefining them.

Using an IoT platform, inputs can be routed into the cloud allowing Managers to visualise data behaviour, bringing confidence that the system is back up and running after the update.

Big players such as Microsoft, Oracle and Google have all released cloud based platforms to help businesses leverage value from their systems – whether they are remote field-based devices or on premise devices.

The services are generally offered as pay-for-use, allowing companies to take small steps as they dip their toes into this field. The platforms offer interfaces to most popular protocols (or you can write your own), centralised data in the cloud, and provide tools to track and analyse data.

As a bonus, platforms such as Microsoft Azure IoT can also buffer messages, which can be played into other systems after the update.

Going back to my earlier scenario...

Our client successfully moved their old system with careful planning and risk management – but the reality is that systems such as this can be managed with greater control in the first place.

Mintec has over 30 years of experience in assisting companies to regain control over their systems and bringing centralised data to fruition.

Are you ready to take the first step in centralising your data or are you simply interested in what 'full control' could look like for your business? Give us a call on +61 3 9660 5500 or send us a message – we look forward to speaking with you.

 

 

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