The convergence of Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) is one of the key mantras of smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0. OT typically refers to the control and automation technologies supporting physical equipment and processes, and was once intentionally separated from IT due to different technologies, skillsets, and cultural attributes.
OT/IT and Digital Manufacturing
Now, the world of manufacturing is changing, and to keep up, OT and IT must change with it. Forced OT/IT interactions of the past are giving way to collaborative OT/IT alliances designed to enable the rise of digital manufacturing and the connected factory.