With Covid-19 forcing employers to continue their operations without workers on site, companies are adopting remote technologies and implementing software to automate human work at an accelerated pace, experts say.

Locally, these methods are top of mind at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Connected Systems Institute, a learning and research hub focused on the Industrial Internet of Things. Through the institute, faculty from UWM’s Lubar School of Business are offering a program, a high-level overview called Connected Systems Challenge, to help company executives prepare for the IoT and IIoT wave.

“At the CSI, what we’re doing to help with this holistic education is to begin with the ‘why,'” said Mary Bunzel, executive director of the Connected Systems Institute. “Why do manufacturers need to implement automation at all? On the inside of the factory, it’s to make them more reliable to produce more quality goods, to close safety gaps and things like that. That’s where we begin, with education, along with financial measurements of how you can benchmark and assess your progress, in addition to all of the traditional IoT courses that you hear about – the AI, robotics programming, cloud services, cybersecurity, all of that.”

A large portion of the Connected Systems Challenge program is explaining the importance of understanding the future of digital infrastructure and how using this technology helps companies make better financial decisions.

“Look at core competencies that you have inside your organizations that could be further enhanced with technology,” Bunzel said. “It’s entirely possible that core competency can turn into an additional revenue stream.” Read the full story here.