Global leaders from healthcare, retail, transportation and logistics (T&L) and manufacturing validate the ‘Intelligent Enterpriseas the defining trend of the decade for industries globally.

Zebra Technologies Corporation, a global leader in providing solutions and services that give enterprises real-time visibility into their operations, in partnership with the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH) assembled 40 leading executives, industry experts and policymakers for the 2016 Innovation Symposium: The Intelligent Enterprise.

Executives from organisations such as Google, GE Healthcare and IBM defined the ‘Intelligent Enterprise’ and explored best practices and opportunities for organisations of varying sizes and industries related to the Internet of Things (IoT).

“The concept of the ‘Intelligent Enterprise’ is about making businesses as smart and connected as the world that surrounds us. A sensor may seem like a small device, but when married with the troves of data and the ability to understand – and act – on it brings a big wave of technological innovation, creativity and new levels of intelligence to our world,” said CEO at Zebra Technologies, Anders Gustafsson.

“To make the ‘Intelligent Enterprise’ a reality, companies from across industries must band together to come up with and agree upon standard practices and guidelines so all enterprises can connect and be more intelligent,” continued Gustafsson.

The TECH has unveiled a whitepaper summarising the outcomes of the discussion along with some considerations that are paramount to the successful adoption and deployment of IoT solutions and how organisations can harness their full potential.

“Until recently, information technology had a fundamental limitation: it depended on human beings to give it its data. The 21st century is all about real-time, automatic data streaming and processing where decisions can happen automatically from machine learning systems,” said Co-founder at Auto ID Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Kevin Ashton.

“Organisations across industries are already using automated data capture and processing today to gain an advantage. This leaves organisations a choice: become an industry leader and embrace the future today by harnessing the full potential of IoT – or fall behind,” continued Ashton.

“Change is happening at a rapid pace. Today’s hospitals are up against changes in regulation, cost pressures, competition and higher standards for patient safety. Because of this, GE has used data and machine learning to become a partner that provides not only medical equipment, but also solutions that improve outcomes. We believe IoT holds endless opportunities in healthcare, from predictive patient care to the way pharmaceuticals are made – and we’ve only just begun,” concluded CTO at GE Healthcare, Tim Kottak.

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