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Parsec 2023 Predictions: Taking Connectivity for Granted in the Best Way Possible


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Taking Connectivity for Granted in the Best Way Possible

By Bill Rokos, CTO at Parsec Automation Corp.

If you were to ask any random IT Director, CIO, or tech leader to summarize their job in one word, there's a good chance they'd say "preparation." Between configuring their data storage, installing backup generators, or building a data breach crisis communications plan, working in tech is often an exercise in anticipating the worst-case scenario.

The technological advancements of the past decade have both transformed how software providers do business and empowered them to make better decisions based on sharper insights. The proliferation and adoption of cloud-based offerings and edge services, for example, have not only revolutionized solution delivery and data storage but have also amplified solution depths and breadths. The caveat of this advancement is that, for as great as a far-reaching, stored-in-the-cloud solution may be, the infrastructure to ensure access to it during any number of "worst-case" scenarios is not yet widespread. As such, many companies-and the solution provider they are working with-can find themselves grappling with how to ensure that mission-critical data and services will remain available even if, for example, local connectivity is severed.  

Fortunately, the tide is changing. More and more, it is becoming possible for businesses to bake secured and reliable internet connectivity into their operations. As this trend continues to grow, I predict that we will achieve a level of robustness where connectivity becomes a given, enabling customers and software providers to spend more time focused on creating and implementing the most efficient, effective solutions possible.  

Businesses will soon treat connectivity as any other utility

In the current landscape of IoT, and particularly in the arena of manufacturing where data is collected and processed en route to off-premises data centers or cloud repositories, there is quite a lot of focus on edge processing and store/forward contingencies in the event of a communications disruption. Having witnessed the evolution of internet technologies and reliability from manufacturing sites to their remote dependencies over 20 years, I see change on the horizon.

My company, Parsec, operates in the manufacturing sector. When we look at a manufacturing site's use of other utilities, such as water or power, much of the related processes are built under the simple assumption that those utilities are always present. There is no additional engineering or design to the actual equipment or networks themselves that requires them to keep running in the event of an outage. Of course, the overall site will likely have backup generators or water storage in the event of a major disruption, but those resources and processes are segregated from the standard process and are handled in a more standard manner-as far as the equipment itself is concerned, it doesn't matter whether the water/power comes from the primary source or a backup repository.

In the future, I believe internet connectivity will be treated similarly to these now-standard utilities. To be sure, there may (and likely should) still be site-wide backups in place, but IoT systems and hardware will be able to merely "assume" it exists. These new frameworks will allow solution builders to focus on the job at hand instead of enumerating and forecasting all the possible problems that might occur.

The bottom line is that today's tech is incredibly advanced and delivers unprecedented stability to the professionals who use it. As technology continues to evolve and connectivity continues to march toward becoming an unwavering given, I look forward to seeing and operating in an industry replete with impactful, business-defining digital solutions.




Since 1999, Bill has spearheaded the development of Parsec's manufacturing operations management (MOM) platform, TrakSYS. As Parsec's longtime CTO, he has personally worked with many of Parsec's customers around the world. From implementing and architecting TrakSYS deployments to creating the TrakSYS training curriculum, designing the latest TrakSYS features, and fostering a creative, hands-on work environment, Bill has been instrumental in Parsec (and TrakSYS)'s impact and success.

Published Friday, January 06, 2023 7:36 AM by David Marshall
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