Platforms Differentiate with Three Types of Strategies

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3Q 2018 | IN-5198


Leaders Positioned to Drive Adoption


With smart manufacturing vendors figuring out exactly how to integrate Operational Technology (OT) with Information Technology (IT), a need has arisen for assessing, comparing, and ranking their platforms to provide benchmarks for best practices and most successful approaches. Most, if not all, of the top vendors have expanded their capabilities but also recognize their limitations and have started to fill the gaps with strategic partners. This has led to early adoption in the form of millions of connected assets and to strategic positions that should spur further adoption.

For instance, Siemens has announced a partnership with Telit deviceWISE for Telit’s data extraction and edge intelligence capabilities. In 4Q 2018, Siemens will make MindSphere generally available on Microsoft Azure, in addition to Amazon Web Services (AWS), on which it rolled out in January 2018. Additionally, PTC acquired Kepware in 2016, and in June 2018, Rockwell Automation announced a US$1 billion equity investment and strategic partnership with PTC. Both of these moves fill gaps…

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