3M eyes digital transformation with C3 IoT

By James Henderson
The US-based conglomerate 3M has awarded a multi-year contract to C3 IoT to drive the company’s digital transformation programme. 3M will use the C3...

The US-based conglomerate 3M has awarded a multi-year contract to C3 IoT to drive the company’s digital transformation programme.  

3M will use the C3 IoT Platform to develop and deploy AI-based applications – starting with predictive healthcare and supply chain analytics and expanding to additional lines of business globally – to enable 3M to better serve customers with more agility and efficiency.

C3 IoT was selected as 3M’s Digital Connected Products platform partner after a “rigorous evaluation process” that reviewed more than 350 platforms and ultimately validated the maturity, scalability, and extensibility of C3 IoT’s platform as a service.

“C3 IoT has an exciting vision, proven technology, and demonstrated customer success across industries, making them a great partner for implementing 3M’s digital transformation initiatives,” said H.C. Shin, 3M vice chair and executive vice president.

“With tangible business results from the initial predictive healthcare and supply chain analytics applications, we plan on scaling the C3 IoT and Azure solution across our enterprise.

“In this way, 3M is combining data science into material science, transforming how we design and deliver products and better serve our customers.”

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Ed Abbo, president and CTO, C3 IoT, said: “3M is a true innovator igniting digital transformation across their enterprise.

“3M’s ability to apply the sciences of big data, predictive analytics, AI, and IoT to transform business operations and create customer value will drive the organization as a leader far into the 21st century. We look forward to working with 3M to bring their vision to reality.”

C3 IoT said its platform will enable 3M to aggregate and keep current enormous volumes of disparate data in a unified cloud image and employ AI and machine learning at scale, in near-real time, to make predictions that address critical business needs.

In addition to building new applications on the C3 IoT Platform, 3M is able to customise and extend the functionality of pre-built SaaS applications in C3 IoT’s portfolio, including AI predictive maintenance, dynamic inventory optimization, fraud detection, and CRM.

The companies will establish a Centre of Excellence to train 3M data scientists, developers, and business analysts to become expert implementers of the C3 IoT Platform and applications, ensuring fast time to value.

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