IT/OT integration means using IT systems for OT purposes, consolidating data streams to support decision making and augment intelligence across multiple parties. For decades, Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) diverged and developed in silos. Since the emergence of M2M communications several years ago though, slowly but surely, they have started to converge. As OT employs more sensors and connections to collect more data from equipment, devices and processes, it needs the security and standardization of IT to successfully process this data and store and share the insights between internal departments and external suppliers and customers. Unfortunately, up until now, a fractured solutions market and simple lack of communication between IT and OT departments have made it difficult to scale Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions designed to increase access to data. Only recently has the market started to consolidate and have companies started to solve their structural challenges to IT/OT integration.
Application enablement platforms based either in the cloud or on the edge make IT/OT integration much easier. As more companies adopt platforms such as GE Predix or Siemens Mindsphere, the more pressure competitors will face to do the same.
This report examines the drivers, barriers, solutions and best practices for IT/OT integration. The “Market forecasts” sections displays ABI Research’s forecasts for twelve key IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) applications for nine countries. The “Company profiles” section covers a wide variety of relevant vendors that contribute to IT/OT convergence or have adopted or committed to solutions in various ways.