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Edge computing is critical enabler of transition to digital-first connected operations

  • 2 mths ago

Businesses’ transition to connected operations is inevitable, but so is the challenge of designing, planning, building and maintaining the technology capabilities necessary to support the evolution. These could range from lack of access to skilled individuals for implementation and maintenance, to concerns around managing edge infrastructure at scale, according to research from Schneider Electric.

The provider of solutions for digital transformation of energy management and automation says resilient, secure, sustainable resources, remote software and digital service solutions, and trusted partners are critical to overcome the challenges and succeed at the network edge.

The research paper, Succeeding at digital-first connected operations, carried out by IDC, highlights the power of edge computing in enabling the shift to a digital-first world. It took responses from more than 1,000 IT and operations professionals across industrial, healthcare, education and other verticals, as well as a series of in-depth interviews with industrial enterprises. Respondents were global, representing firms in the US, China, Japan, Germany, the UK, India and Ireland.

The organisations ranged in size from 100 employees to more than 1,000. Responses provided insights about the factors driving edge investments, the challenges firms face while deploying to the edge, obstacles to continued investment, and strategic recommendations to future-proof edge capabilities.

Schneider regards edge computing as one of the major enablers of a digital-first paradigm. In fact, the most common use cases of edge infrastructure include cyber security systems to monitor the operational network locally, as well as storing and processing operational data to bring it to the cloud.

“As organisations seek to create new or improved experiences for customers and to become more operationally efficient, improve safety and security and become more sustainable, they are leaning more on digital technologies,” said Chris Hanley, SVP, commercial operations and global channels, leading edge commercial strategy at Schneider Electric.

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