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035: Deep Dive into the Industrial Internet of Things with Mo Abuali

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

035: Deep Dive into the Industrial Internet of Things with Mo Abuali


On this episode, Thom and Craig dive deep into manufacturing and the internet of things with guest Mo Abuali, managing partner and chief evangelist at IoTCo.  Mo shares the career path that led him to his current position and gives a thorough overview of the internet of things and how it is affecting manufacturing. He also shares questions that companies need to ask when considering a digital transformation and advice for anyone that wants to start their career in manufacturing off right. 


On today’s podcast, you will learn:

Defining and utilizing the internet of things

  • Defining the internet of things as it relates to manufacturing 

  • Does the internet of things replace the need for an operator? 

  • The industrial internet of things works to create more significant value for industry, but machine learning does have limits. 

Common practices for maturity models in digital transformation 

  • Reference points must be used to provide standards of quality. 

  • Different approaches to digital maturity models creates various baseline points. 

  • The latest and greatest technology does not always need to be applied in every situation. 

Questions to ask when considering a digital transformation

  • What is the return on investment on this transformation? 

  • Why are you considering a digital transformation- is it a supplier, quality or parts issue? 

  • What is the true hypothesis that you want to solve using digital technology?

  • Are you capturing the data that will allow you to deploy technology to meet the ROI?

  • Where are you on predictive analytics? 

  • What is the selection, scalability, and cost of the new technology?

Advice for a successful start in manufacturing

  • Gain whatever knowledge you can to become an educated industrial scientist.

  • Acquire experience on the workfloor whenever you can. 

  • Foster creativity and seek to understand why things are run the way they are before you try to change them. 

  • Seek out opportunities to gain practical experience in addition to theoretical knowledge.

  • Have a global mindset about how manufacturing works around the world. 


Mohamed Abuali brings more than 20 years of transformative technology and business management experience to clients.  He is a recognized international leader in predictive analytics and industrial big data with a focus in the automotive, aerospace, defense, medical device, and oil & gas industries.  His ability to transform discrete manufacturing processes through technology stems from his deep understanding of complex supply chains, manufacturing technology, and lean manufacturing principles.

Tags:  Data Management  Digital Transformation  Internet of Things  IoT  Manufacturing 

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