10 Business Goals Driving IoT Adoption

Start with the end in mind (begin with business outcomes).

In the rapidly evolving landscape of the Internet of Things (IoT), success isn’t just about connecting devices; it’s about connecting them with purpose.

At the heart of every effective IoT initiative lies a set of clear business objectives. These objectives serve as guiding lights, illuminating the path towards tangible outcomes that drive value for organizations. By aligning IoT projects with specific business goals, companies can harness the full potential of connected technologies and unlock new opportunities for growth.

Take a look at the following clip from our March 2024 webinar, where we dive into the importance of defining clear goals to jumpstart your IoT journey:

Let’s take a look at 10 different business objectives that are driving IoT solutions today:

1. Enhancing Operational Efficiency:

Efficiency lies at the core of operational excellence. Organizations leverage IoT to streamline processes, automate manual tasks, and optimize resource utilization. Whether it’s enhancing asset management, optimizing supply chain logistics, or automating maintenance schedules, IoT empowers businesses to operate smarter, leaner, and more efficiently.

2. Improving Product or Service Quality:

In today’s competitive market landscape, quality is non-negotiable. IoT enables real-time monitoring, predictive maintenance, and data-driven insights, allowing businesses to enhance product reliability and service quality. By leveraging connected devices, organizations can deliver superior products and services that exceed customer expectations.

Mesh customer BUNN’s cloud-connected coffee machines enable remote monitoring &  preventative maintenance. Read the case study here.

3. Creating New Revenue Streams:

IoT isn’t just about improving existing offerings; it’s about unlocking new possibilities. By harnessing IoT technologies, companies can innovate new products, services, and business models. From subscription-based services to data monetization strategies, IoT opens doors to untapped revenue streams and business opportunities.

Take a look at the following case study for Denso, who worked with Mesh to achieve their goal to improve their MovinCool® machines’ utilization by their rental fleet customers and generate new revenues by unlocking previously inaccessible data and insights.

4. Enhancing Customer Experience:

Customer experience is the cornerstone of business success. IoT empowers organizations to deliver personalized experiences, proactive support, and seamless interactions. By leveraging IoT data, businesses can anticipate customer needs, resolve issues proactively, and foster long-lasting customer relationships.

5. Increasing Competitive Advantage:

Innovation is key to staying ahead in today’s competitive landscape. IoT enables businesses to differentiate themselves through innovation, superior service, and operational excellence. By understanding market dynamics and leveraging IoT effectively, organizations can gain a competitive edge and solidify their position in the market.

In 2019, PepsiCo embarked on a transformative journey in collaboration with Mesh Systems. Through a comprehensive strategy to gain a competitive edge and enhance their consumer offerings, they desired to have a robust enterprise IoT platform called “PEPsense”, and PepsiCo’s weight-sensing technology, coined the “SmartBase”. Take a look at the case study.

6. Ensuring Compliance and Security:

With great connectivity comes great responsibility. In an era of heightened data privacy regulations and cybersecurity threats, ensuring compliance and security is paramount. IoT solutions must adhere to stringent regulatory requirements and employ robust security measures to safeguard sensitive data and mitigate risks.

7. Promoting Sustainability:

Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a business imperative. IoT plays a pivotal role in promoting sustainability by optimizing resource utilization, reducing energy consumption, and monitoring environmental impact. By aligning IoT initiatives with sustainability goals, organizations can meet regulatory requirements and demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship.

8. Scaling Business Operations:

As businesses grow, so do their operational complexities. IoT offers scalability and flexibility, enabling organizations to expand their operations seamlessly. From scaling IoT infrastructure to managing increasing data volumes, businesses can leverage IoT to support growth and adapt to evolving business needs.

9. Gathering Data and Insight:

Data is the lifeblood of IoT. By collecting and analyzing data from connected devices, organizations can gain valuable insights into business operations, customer behavior, and market trends. With advanced analytics capabilities, businesses can extract actionable intelligence from IoT data, driving informed decision-making and strategic initiatives.

This case study explores the development and impact of The Kraft Heinz Company’s connected product, HEINZ REMIX™, showcasing its ability to provide actionable market research insights while delivering an unparalleled customer experience while working with Mesh.

10. Risk Management:

With connectivity comes inherent risks. IoT enables businesses to identify, monitor, and mitigate risks across their operations, supply chains, and cybersecurity landscape. By leveraging IoT for risk management, organizations can proactively address potential threats and safeguard their assets, reputation, and bottom line.

The Bottom Line

Defining clear business objectives is the cornerstone of successful IoT initiatives. By aligning IoT projects with specific outcomes and strategic goals, organizations can unlock the full potential of connected technologies and drive meaningful business value. Whether it’s enhancing operational efficiency, improving customer experience, or unlocking new revenue streams, IoT holds the key to unlocking a world of possibilities for forward-thinking businesses.

Watch the full webinar recording:

Highlights on focusing on business outcomes:

20:00 – Use case examples

21:38 – Business outcomes

24:00 – Validating business value


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