Effective IT/OT Convergence Needs Strong Supporting Software and a Change in Executive Management Structure

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By James Prestwood | 2Q 2022 | IN-6520

 

IT/OT Convergence Is Critically Important for Industry 4.0

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Effective integration of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) departments is essential for manufacturers to succeed in their digital transformation endeavors. Two departments, working with disaggregated data, with different operational objectives, complicates the deployment of digital solutions. The case for greater collaboration is even more compelling when augmented by the reality of a small and contested digitally-able labor force.

Platforms that ease and accelerate the integration of IT/OT data are necessary for digital transformation initiatives to succeed. The lack of available digital talent due to strong competition from technology companies means that manufacturers need to be more efficient with their scarce labor resources. While 20 years ago, an engineering graduate might have been enthralled with the idea of working for ExxonMobil or Dow, they now covet a position at Google or Amazon.

Two examples of such platforms are Hitachi Vantara’s Lumada Industrial DataOps and Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk Innovati…

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