In the past, the worlds of IT and OT were separate. The gulf has been rapidly closing as the latest technologies benefit production efficiency and offer greater controls for IT teams to implement vital security standards to ever-more connected devices.
Data is one of the most valuable assets an operation can acquire for powering continual improvement, but not all data is created equal.
With many choices in front of you, the subject of Digital Transformation can be daunting. When considering the associated costs involved, making the right choices in the current economic climate is of paramount importance.
The first and best step you can take is to select a System Integrator (SI) with the correct philosophy, skillset, and partners to consult on your needs and identify your most significant opportunities for future growth and continual improvement.
In the 80s, ISO 9000 (and BS5750 in Britain) came to the fore to create standards for quality management. The standardisation process strove to introduce methods for continual improvement and ensure consistency and quality. As time moved on, throughout the 90s and 00s, standards have been applied to manufacturing settings more and more, beginning with S88, which governs batch control processes, followed by S95, which defines plant structure to support enterprise asset models.
As manufacturing operations adopt more intelligent systems, we’ve seen control systems, equipment, and networks rebranded as Operational Technology (OT). With this has come a change in approach from IT departments, who for decades wanted nothing to do with the weird and wonderful equipment that populated the OT space. While keeping the operational world at arm’s length was possible for IT in the past, they are now converging at such a pace and in a way that is impossible, or even perilous, to ignore.