Products like SoftPLC Gateways are a key component in moving data to the cloud efficiently. Having complete and current data about any process can result in better decision making. One of the primary benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT), sometimes called the Industrial Internet, is that companies can make improvements in production processes, end products, and logistics that reduce costs and energy usage. By capturing and centralizing information from all the pieces/parts of production and doing so in a timely, automatic, non-intrusive manner, analytics programs can find places for these improvements.
This paper, authored by Cindy Hollenbeck, VP Marketing of SoftPLC Corp. was originally published in "Industrial Embedded Systems" magazine June, 2015.
Republished as a white paper here: http://softplc.com/support/resources/whitepapers/