In the past decade, we have seen a proliferation of advanced technology and the rapid convergence of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) within manufacturing and infrastructure systems. Though IT and OT have traditionally been developed and managed as two separate domains, the Industrial Internet of Things and Smart Manufacturing technologies have contributed to the blurring of lines between the two, and there are significant opportunities to be derived from aligning IT and OT.
Needless to say, embarking on new IT/OT initiatives or projects in today’s global competitive landscape is essential, but can also be very complicated. Increasingly, the requirements for these systems are justified by manpower constraints to “do more with less” which means that IT/OT systems need to generate and scale with more information in order to provide a data-driven decision support solution to operations.
In this IT/OT Executive Series, we will introduce IT/OT topics that define the high-level key areas that should be considered and discussed with your IT/OT team or service provider as part of any industrial or infrastructure automation system today. This series is intended for executives, directors and managers who are embarking on initiatives or projects involving Information & Operational Technology (IT/OT) and want to understand the underlying terminologies, technologies and major considerations for implementing these complex systems.
This series is presented in short topics that can be read in any order and are suitable for both technical and non-technical audiences.
Stay tuned for more topics to come.