Sean Ibrahim was invited to address the manufacturing audience at Sheffield IoT meet-up. Due to the current situation with the Coronavirus, the meeting was held in the form of a live webinar with 68 attendees. Sean’s presentation slides are available from this website.
The discussion was an exciting exploration of Internet of Things in manufacturing and featured the highest quality input from RollsRoyce R2 Data Labs, the AMRC, Tinsley Bridge, Ioetec as well as Northern Crucible. In his talk, Sean outlined Industry 4.0 highlighting reasons why it remained such a challenge for legacy industry. He also explored common issues that legacy industry faced in adapting Industry 4.0 principles and what could be done to change this landscape. The talk was well received with numerous questions particularly from IoT suppliers about breaking into the market and what IT skills shortages existed in manufacturing. It also confirmed that this market is certainly the toughest to penetrate.
The main take-away from the meeting that most attendees agreed to was the local presence of the IoT provider, industry knowledge and access to government funding were certainly the major criteria of winning business in our region.
The online hosting of the meeting was eye-opening into new ways of hosting similar events and attracting larger audiences that may or may not be located in Sheffield.