Manufacturers must modernize systems and migrate their workforce to capture the full value of industrial IoT, says Brian Fortney of Rockwell Automation
Whether you embrace it or dread it, there is no escaping the Internet of Things (IoT). It will be, if it is not already, part of your personal and professional life. As Jacob Morgan notes in “A Simple Explanation of the Internet of Things,” published in Forbes, “Simply put, [IoT] is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other).” There are an awful lot of things with on/off switches, and by 2020, more than 26 billion of them will be connected, according to some analysts; others put the number much higher. That will create a bundle of new challenges in the workplace; recognizing them and finding solutions for the current and future workforce is what animates Brian Fortney, Global Business Manager at Rockwell Automation within the Workforces Development and Training Services department.