Industrial plants and facilities have put a strong emphasis on digital transformation to increase operational excellence. However, as the information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) groups work together and try to bring these new initiatives online, they often run into barriers impeding progress. OT architectures can complicate the efforts of IT personnel trying to properly gather data for widespread use throughout the enterprise.
OT infrastructure frequently contains a wide variety of legacy equipment and systems, creating data silos and limiting efficient movement of data across the plant or enterprise. Moreover, OT environments are constrained by legacy systems that often do not integrate seamlessly with new equipment, making it difficult to scale, and less cost-effective to implement new technologies such as analytics.