On this IoT For All podcast episode, Sean Parham, Corporate VP of Product Management at ABB Ability explains the short term changes companies are making to handle their digital transformation journies effectively. Sean also discusses how the biggest changes throughout that transformation aren’t found in the technology but enabled by it.
Reflecting on his 15-year history in IoT, Sean outlines the elements of IoT solutions on which ABB Ability is focused and how their platform provides companies with a way to begin their digital journies. He presents various use cases, describes customer challenges faced early in digital transformation initiatives and elaborates on how his team handles communicating value to their customers.
We also review the common characteristics of companies that have successfully adopted and deployed IoT solutions. The episode closes with Sean giving advice on how companies that aren’t fully prepared to handle digital transformation should approach the challenge.
About ABB: ABB is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s market-leading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.
Key Question and Topics from this Episode:
(4:07) Sean’s 15-year history in IoT and the evolution he has seen in the industry as a whole
(8:39)The major dimensions in which a company has to transform
(12:59) What are some of the short term changes companies are making along the digital transformation journey?
(16:16) Customer problems Sean has encountered and how his team went about dealing with them
(22:25) What are some of the challenges customers have faced early on in their journey even before they select a partner to work with?
(28:08)Use Case examples
(33:25)Explaining the elements of an IoT Solution that ABB Ability focuses on
(38:28) Common characteristics in companies that have been successful in IoT deployment and adoption
(41:22) How to handle communicating value to customers
(45:08) What excites Sean the most in the IoT industry over the next 12-18 months?
(47:39) What should we be on the lookout for over at ABB in the IoT space?