Bernd Behler is CTO of the IoT service provider tresmo. Together with his team, he has implemented more than 30 challenging IoT projects for companies such as Viessmann and TRUMPF machine tools. We’d like to introduce him as a confirmed speaker for our next Technology Chiefs CTO Meetup in Munich, Tuesday 19th September.
Ahead of this event, we spoke to Bernd to better understand the IoT landscape and the background to his presentation.
Bernd, thank you for taking the time to give us an insight into the world of the IoT! Okay, the first question for you: IoT and Industrie 4.0 are arguably the most discussed BuzzWords in IT right now, how would you define IoT?
IoT represents the third wave of digital transformation. A rapidly growing number of items are connected over the internet, such as heaters, T-shirts, cars and production lines. These are all equipped with sensors, processors, and connectivity to exchange data with other objects, such as servers, smartphones or other smart objects. If the objects are also equipped with actuators, they can even be controlled via the internet. In many cases they can even be controlled without direct human interaction; smart networks of intelligent objects can communicate directly with each other quickly and efficiently. When IoT is thought about in the context of industrial value-added processes, it is often referred to as Industry 4.0 or the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT).
Where does your enthusiasm for IoT come from?
I have been developing sophisticated individual software solutions for 25 years; I love to solve challenging tasks with innovative technologies. That’s why I’ve always been an early adopter of new trends – on the web, in the cloud, on mobile apps, and for more than four years now, in IoT. This is currently one of the most exciting and diverse areas for software developers, which has opened the door to fascinating new possibilities. Even after completing more than 30 IoT projects, we are still learning a lot of new things in every new project and I think this will remain so for a long time – it really is a fascinating field!
Why can’t CTOs of SMEs afford to ignore this subject?
I am convinced that IoT will lead to dramatic economic upheaval, especially in manufacturing countries like Germany. While the last waves of digitisation largely passed manufacturing by and instead affected industries like commerce and media, IoT will really put Germany’s key sectors, such as engineering, construction and automotive, to the test.
Everyone needs to quickly understand the fourth industrial revolution, in order to secure their competitive edge, but also to secure the well-being of future generations.
Where do you see the biggest challenges for companies that want to take the first steps towards IoT or Industrie 4.0?
In our experience, the challenges lie in six key areas: the creation of effective innovation processes for the development of digital products and services, the development of viable IoT business models, the definition of a viable IT architecture, the selection of a suitable and affordable IoT platform, the implementation of the individual IoT solution and, finally, cybersecurity. In the past few years, tresmo has specialised in these areas within our service portfolio.
How do you see the development of IoT over the next few years, and what impact will it have on our daily lives?
We are still right at the start of the development. In a few years, today’s technologies and gadgets will seem hopelessly old-fashioned. Particularly at the intersection of IoT and artificial intelligence, technological development is progressing rapidly, and this will provide us with unprecedented opportunities in everyday life as well as in professional life. But this will also lead to enormous social and economic repercussions. We really should start a lively debate about this.
What can the participants expect from your keynote presentation at the next Munich Tech Chiefs CTO Meetup.
I am going to give a presentation on Real Life IoT Experiences. We will look at the challenges and success factors, covering the following areas:
- Choosing the right IoT platform
- Data standardisation
- Quality Assurance
Afterwards, it’s all about networking, knowledge sharing and last but not least: Oktoberfest beer and Bavarian delicacies!
Bernd, thank you for giving us such a detailed introduction to IoT. We are really looking forward to your presentation on September 19th!
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