Why It is Time to Merge IT and OT

Manufacturers are always on the lookout for ways to increase their speed by digitizing processes and using the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence to gain insight from large data sets. They also rely on the heavy equipment that makes the products that keep them in business. It is now time to merge information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) to turn your manufacturing business into one seamless, totally connected organization. 

IT/OT integration is being driven by many factors including the need to account for labor and materials shortages, a boot for uptime and productivity and predictive maintenance. It is also key for cybersecurity.   

A handful of the benefits that stem from IT/OT convergence include:  

  • Real-time decision-making  
  • Reduction in unplanned downtime  
  • Lower capital and operational expenses  
  • Elimination of unneeded hardware and software  
  • Improved automation and visibility into operational processes  
  • Improved compliance with regulatory standards  
  • More efficient energy and resource usage  
  • More efficient asset management  

As necessary as the IT/OT merger may be, it is not easy. Legacy equipment, manual processes, and resistance to change from both sides of the house. 

But consider the advantages that come with IT/OT integration. For data analytics, OT departments generate huge amounts of data that are typically siloed. IT/OT integration brings that info to the forefront. And for cybersecurity, legacy systems that were not designed to defend against today’s cyberattacks can be better protected by the security perimeter IT provides. 

It is time for your organization to experience the benefits of IT/OT integration. We can help. 2W Tech is a technology service provider specializing in solutions for the manufacturing industry. Contact us today for help with your IT/OT integration initiatives. 

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