The discussion of “make vs. buy” is probably one of the most critical decisions machine builders and manufacturers have after deciding to add digitalization to their strategy. Make sure you have the facts straight before you decide.
One option is to take the “make” path: build you own IIoT solution. This path takes much more effort, time and expense and poses business risks. But it can be feasible if you are able to dedicate the right resources and onboard the right supporting technology.
Only half of industrial products organizations have the required people and skills to execute their digital strategies. And often it is better to have these people dedicated to high value add projects. So, if your company is lucky to have the resources, giving them the opportunity to drive innovation in the most impactful areas of your business is the most important!
The second option that you can choose is the “buy” path: take advantage of an existing, dedicated, pre-built solution. Bringing an expert on board enables you to get started as quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. In other words, it takes that load off the backs of the IT department so you can focus on your machines and on getting the most valuable results from your data. Plus, getting the data into your IoT solution is just half the battle the real magic happens with the right set of powerful analytics.
There is no wrong or right path in the make vs. buy dilemma. Each of them has pros and cons that can make one or the other more convenient for your company.