IIC stands for something different today than yesterday. Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) announced a new direction and a new name – Industry IoT Consortium (IIC). The news release states, New focus on technology innovation that fosters business transformation. I have been downplaying that IoT term for some time. These terms grow old in buzz factor within just a few years. Engineers working in manufacturing and production have been connecting “things” for a long time and using Internet Protocol (Internet of Things) for a decade. The current buzz is all about “digital transformation”, so a revised focus (while probably doing much of the same thing) is in order.

IIC has become the world’s leading organization transforming business and society by accelerating the Industrial IoT. The consortium’s new mission is to bring transformative business value to organizations, industry, and society by accelerating the adoption of trustworthy IoT systems. IIC’s new focus will drive technology innovation that fosters business transformation so that organizations can realize a return on their IoT investments.

“We recognized the need to focus on technology deployments to solve technical problems,” said Dr. Richard Soley, Executive Director, Industry IoT Consortium. “We’re applying technology to address customer pain points and improve business results. Industry organizations and technology providers turn to IIC and its members for IoT support and guidance. Now we’ll guide them on the application of IoT technology and digital transformation enablers to achieve positive business outcomes.”

I like Richard’s comment about addressing customer pain points and improving business results. Technology should solve real world big problems not just another technology problem.

The new direction will strengthen the IIC ecosystem by unifying members around successful IoT deployment outcomes. New programs, which combine several approaches to digital transformation, will identify customer pain points, improve go-to-market abilities, and enhance business outcomes. Existing programs will change to reflect this focus, and new initiatives will emerge to help members reach more of their customers.

IIC will continue its work on best-practice frameworks, innovative testbeds, and providing standards requirements to standards development organizations. It will also target IT, networks, manufacturing, energy & utilities, healthcare markets, and academia & research. 

The newly branded IIC will help organizations identify best technology practices, build credible brands, and grow their businesses. Industry IoT Consortium delivers transformative business value to industry, organizations, and society by accelerating the adoption of a trustworthy internet of things. Industry IoT Consortium is a program of Object Management Group (OMG).

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