With Smart Manufacturing vendors figuring out exactly how to integrate Operational Technology (OT) with Information Technology (IT), the need for assessing, comparing, and ranking their platforms has arisen to provide benchmarks for best practices and most successful approaches. In turn, this detailed ranking can provide strategic guidance for vendors to adjust and/or optimize their strategies and deployment approaches.
This competitive assessment ranks 11 Smart Manufacturing platforms from major vendors in the sector: ABB Ability, Bosch IoT Suite, Emerson Plantweb, Fujitsu Colmina, GE Predix, Hitachi Lumada, PTC ThingWorx, SAP Leonardo, Schneider Electric EcoStruxure, Siemens Mindsphere, and Telit deviceWISE. ABI Research ranked these platforms based on their proven innovation/implementation criteria framework. We analyzed each platform on its innovation, out-of-the-box thinking, and plans to deploy and support transformative technologies such as augmented reality/mixed reality, digital twins, edge intelligence, protocol adaptability & connectivity, robotics integration, and other transformative technologies (such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain). In terms of implementation, we assessed the platforms on progress to date in establishing partnerships, connecting assets, integrating with enterprise and cloud systems, regional coverage, security, and their upfront costs and business model.