As we start a new decade and reflect on the past decade one of the hottest reliability subjects is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT). Organizations are investing huge amounts in (if the marketing literature is to be believed) the ultimate answer to everything. While big data and increasing connectivity certainly brings new opportunities to us in the reliability world, one has to question where the true value lies? Is it really automating the equipment diagnosis and performance evaluation processes? We currently struggle to repair and eliminate problems we already know about. Unless we have skilled, knowledgeable, technicians and crafts people who are executing the work in an effective and efficient way, it is hard to see the promised quantum leaps in reliability happening. Remember just because it is technically feasible, does not mean it is always worth doing. What are your plans to manage the work generated by the IIOT?
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