Cloudleaf Perspectives - Top 5 Tips

For some time now, industry players have been touting the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it helps enterprises achieve high productivity while ...
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5 Tips to Kick-Start your Enterprise Asset Tracking and Workflow Management Project. An inside look at the concerns facing enterprises looking to digitally transform their asset ecosystems.

For some time now, industry players have been touting the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it helps enterprises achieve high productivity while lowering TCO and risk. But with all the press, it’s easy to see how manufacturers are getting lost in the message. We decided to put together some tips that help enterprises ride the digital transformation wave and build high-availability asset ecosystems that unlock the benefits from operating lean-manufacturing organizations.

1. Actualize LeanManufacturing Principles

Getting to the point where you’re running a lean-manufacturing operation takes effort, planning and buy-in across the enterprise. It’s all about aligning people, work-flows and assets with the goal of minimizing waste and focusing on only value-added tasks. It’s also about timing and engaging workers and capital only when needed. In a whitepaper, IBM describes this lean philosophy as a “flow and pull effect” that depreciates the use of siloing operations within departments or functions, in favor of creating purposeful value streams and asset groups. Cloudleaf Sensor FabricTM is an intelligent mesh of inter-connected sensors, gateways and cloud services that gather real-time granular data and metrics from


thousands of distributed assets to help enterprises reach this point of flow and pull. By eliminating wasteful processes, value-creating work-flows, and seamless flows. This results in production activities that only trigger when there is customer demand, rather than manufacturing based on a forecast. And “customers” don’t necessarily need to be external partners, distributors, or VARs, but, in larger facilities, might also include other internal business units. The name of the game is aligning internal production output with external demand curves. Cloudleaf offers adaptable, flexible and extensible real-time and continuous asset tracking and work-flow management solution that help enterprises reconcile supply and demand.

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2. Adopt the Latest Future-Proofed Tech

Technology is about enablement. Everything relies on it, and when properly utilized, it has the ability to unlock profitability and growth. Technology in the world of manufacturing is increasingly about the IoT. This means that connecting, managing and securely funneling data from large numbers of remote assets to cloud applications that help operation managers efficiently orchestrate workflows materials and assets. Cloudleaf believes that for IoT asset management solutions to be sustainable and value-added, they must, first and foremost, be based on technology that is robust, interoperable, cost-effective and offers high-availability functioning. Cloudleaf Sensor FabricTM leverages the latest BLE technologies to create a secure connected mesh of intelligent endpoints sensors, zone sensors, gateways and cloud applications. High-value assets such as hand-held

3. Achieve Pervasive RealTime Visibility

Imagine a world where, at a tap of a finger you instantly know the location, condition of workflow status at every critical step across your enterprise. Next, imagine a mesh of hundreds of sensors and gateways busily streaming real-time data from your assets to cloud applications, giving you total visibility right on your mobile. And imagine this solution is not only cost-effective but purpose-built for your industry, your needs, and requires only a few hours to implement. Well, now there’s need to imagine, Cloudleaf has made this a reality. It seems logical, that if something has value or is important, it must be

4. Slick, Streamline and Simplify Workflows