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Will the Internet of Things overwhelm ERP Systems?

Will the Internet of Things Overwhelm ERP Systems?

It is estimated that the number of network-attached devices will approach 21 billion by 2020. Many, if not the majority, of these devices will be internet-enabled sensors that will be tracking product movement, assembly lines, labels, temperatures, and a myriad of other conditions. These new devices are commonly lumped together by the term “Internet of Things” (IoT).

All of these devices will be generating data – lots and lots of data. This data can be hugely valuable, but only when captured, analyzed, and turned into actionable insight. For many companies, this means that the data will need to be ingested into existing ERP systems, where it can be analyzed and then utilized to optimize operations.

One of the main functions of these sensors is to confirm physical “truth,” whether it be in a warehouse, on a store shelf, or on the assembly line. They can tell you when you are running out of a needed component, or when you are about to run out of completed products in your warehouse. When this data is combined with the ERP systems of record, it can then, for example, automatically adjust production schedules to match up with real-time demand or automatically order more components so that production can continue without interruption.

One of the biggest hurdles in moving to an IoT enabled enterprise is not installing the sensors or enabling connectivity. It is how you become ready to absorb and utilize the tidal wave of data that these sensors will produce over time. Without careful planning, a typical ERP system would become choked with the millions (or even billions) of new data files, each of which needs to be opened, evaluated, and stored.

It’s definitely time to start thinking about the impact of IoT and how you can prepare.  Some companies will find that just a modest capacity expansion will give their IT operations enough capacity to handle the huge new streams of data that will be generated by IoT. Other companies will find that they can potentially host their entire ERP and IoT operations on a single, highly scalable system.

This onslaught of data is going to put a lot of pressure on data center systems, which likely do not have the scalability to handle massive new data streams. The Fujitsu M10 system is tailor-made for this situation. The Fujitsu M10 family scales with the fine granularity of cores; from 2 cores to 16 cores per socket. And, the Fujitsu M10-4S scales from just two sockets all the way up to 64 with up to 64TB of memory. This scalability comes in small, inexpensive, chunks. Customers are able to activate new capacity as needed to handle growth. In other words, you only have to pay for as much system as you need, when you need it.

With IoT on the way, it is time to take a look at your infrastructure and make sure you are IoT ready. The Fujitsu M10 might be just the right solution to keep your data center above the data tidal wave that is coming.

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