The industrial automation (IA) landscape has transformed substantially since the early days of enabling direct digital control of equipment and devices on the factory floor. Traditionally, operational technology (OT) was only concerned with managing physical processes and machinery in manufacturing environments. In contrast, information technology (IT) was only concerned with managing the flow of digital information on office networks.
Although OT and IT initially developed separately from each other, these two disciplines have since converged into a widely accepted “automation pillar” where both OT and IT systems need to connect with industrial field devices. To stay competitive in an increasingly connected world, previously unconnected OT assets not only require industrial connectivity, but may also demand IT or cloud capabilities that go beyond on-premises applications to effectively draw business intelligence that improves industrial productivity, efficiency, and scalability.
In this guide, you will learn how to choose connectivity solutions in an interconnected world and discover what to look for when choosing networking solutions for future-ready networks.
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