Archive for IT/OT

IT, OT and IIoT: Is Terminology Dividing Us?

The terms “Information Technology” (IT) and “Operations Technology” (OT) have come into common use as a means of differentiating between the computers, networks and associated devices in manufacturing and operations and those employed for typical business solutions. Although the IT term has been with us for decades, the OT term has become popular much more […]

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Welding Gets Connected with Industrial IoT

Welding. You can’t get much more industrial than that, can you? Likely conjures up images of a blue collar, safety-clad worker earnestly joining pieces of metal together as heat flashes and sparks jump around. (Or if you have a penchant for 1980s’ movies, then maybe a picture of dance-loving Pittsburgh steel-mill welder Jennifer Beals in […]

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Physical and Digital Worlds Converge at GE Minds and Machines

More than 2,700 people descended upon San Francisco in November for GE Minds and Machines (GEMM). As always, GEMM provides a great opportunity each year to see how “digital” the company looks. Since the early 2000s, the company has moved to converge many IT business concepts with its OT and big iron solutions in anticipation […]

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Rockwell Automation Fair Shines Light on IT/OT Convergence

The 2016 version of Rockwell Automation Fair took place in Atlanta the week of November 7. With new CEO Blake Moret leading the way and the Rockwell Automation Connected Enterprise theme on full display, the event was a microcosm of industry in transition. Where Rockwell Automation is headed and why Mr. Moret opened up Automation […]

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IIoT Driving More Testbeds and Standards Body Collaboration in Manufacturing

IIoT has proven to be a driving force in not only IT and OT collaboration, but also collaboration between various standards bodies as well as a multitude of both automation and enterprise suppliers. It seems that there is an endless flow of announcements of jointly developed testbeds and organizations who have historically never worked together […]

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