This week on the IoT For All Podcast, we sit down with Joe Biron, Chief Technology Officer of Internet of Things (IoT) technology at PTC. In his role at PTC, Joe oversees product strategy and technical architecture of the core ThingWorx IoT platform. Through the lens of industrial IoT, Joe shares his thoughts on future-proofing IoT initiatives, creating an end-to-end industrial IoT platform, who to partner with along the way and the intersection of IoT and other bleeding-edge technologies, like AI and AR.
To kick off the episode, Joe gives a little background on himself – including the acquisition that led to him joining PTC and his role in building out PTC’s IoT offering.
Joe then shares some tips on future-proofing for companies building IoT solutions, advising that companies stick with mainstream technologies and standards to bring themselves faster value and “spend less time building plumbing.”
Commonly discussed on the podcast, we talk to Joe about the fragmentation of the IoT industry, the necessity of partnerships and how PTC chooses its partners. We receive background on how PTC built its relationships with Microsoft and Rockwell Automation and what Joe believes makes a true, valuable partnership that moves the needle for customers.
To wrap up the episode, Joe shared PTC’s experience utilizing AI and AR in IoT solutions. He talked about some of the challenges that come with the intersection of two bleeding-edge technologies and what companies need to make those implementations work seamlessly.
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About PTC: PTC helps companies around the world reinvent the way they design, manufacture, operate, and service products in and for a smart, connected world. In 1986, they revolutionized digital 3D design, and in 1998 were first to market with Internet-based product lifecycle management. Today, PTC’s leading industrial innovation platform and field-proven solutions enable customers to unlock value at the convergence of the physical and digital worlds.
Key Questions and Topics from this Episode:
(01:48) Introduction to Joe Biron
(04:53) Introduction to the ThingWorx IoT Platform and to Industrial IoT
(10:16) At what stage of the manufacturing process does PTC typically get involved?
(13:34) What criteria does PTC use to determine the types of projects they want to be involved in?
(12:55) After joining PTC, how did you assess the market and determine what your offering should be?
(17:07) How do you future-proof an initiative or product?
(20:18) How important are partnerships in building IoT solutions and how should companies determine who to partner with?
(25:58) What part of an IoT solution should companies start with?
(29:20) What is augmented reality’s role in IoT and what does that intersection look like in practice?
(31:29) What are the challenges involved in implementing AI, AR and other bleeding-edge technologies with IoT?
(35:24) Where have you seen the most growth in adoption in the IIoT space? Where do you foresee growth in the new year?
(38:09) What IoT advancements are you looking forward to this year? What do you think is holding the industry back?