Internet of Things Inspires a Marriage Between OT and IT

           Internet of Things Inspires a Marriage Between OT and IT

The third Internet of Things Report from Sogeti's Trend Lab VINT gives
insights into the 4th Industrial Revolution bringing Operational Technology
and Information Technology together.

PR Newswire

DAYTON, Ohio, June 24, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The global trend lab VINT, set up
by Sogeti to explore the impact of new technologies, is launching its third
report in a four-part series on Internet of Things. In this report VINT gives
insight into the Fourth Industrial Revolution; the marriage between factory
automation, aka Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT),
in which the industry is taking the lead. This marriage is realized by
Internet of Things; the evolution making everything and everyone connected to
the internet. According to VINT, the integration of OT and IT will be a key
driver for fast changes: intimate customer interaction, machine-to-machine
communication, and a completely different approach for maintenance of
equipment. VINT has also identified various challenges that have to be faced
to succeed the marriage between OT and IT. The authors argue for the
establishment of a new education discipline to break down the barrier between
operational technology and information technology. The title of this latest
VINT report is: "The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Things build a bridge
between OT and IT."

Erik van Ommeren is responsible for VINT – the international research
institute of Sogeti USA. He is a passionate and experienced public speaker, IT
strategist and senior analyst with a broad background in IT, Enterprise
Architecture and Executive Management.

Fourth Industrial Revolution
Menno van Doorn, Director of VINT and one of the authors of this Internet of
Things report commented:

"This marriage between OT and IT is a new step in the industrial revolution,
hence the Fourth Industrial Revolution and it is already visible in many ways.
For example, in London people buy pay-as-you-go tickets for public transport.
Passengers who are held up by delays automatically pay less for their train,
subway, or bus ticket than passengers who leave on time. This Internet of
Things application combines information from the operational systems of the
train traffic with the data from the passenger information systems. Automobile
manufacturers or oil refineries can save billions when they deploy
fitbit-sensor technology that predicts the failure of machine parts. It is
expected that this so-called Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication market
will eventually exceed the size of the mobile phone market."

3 concrete recommendations
Menno van Doorn continues:

"Companies can significantly benefit from the integration between OT and IT.
However, engineers and IT-professionals speak different languages so there is
still a long way to go before this marriage is successful. Operational
Techno-logy is mainly incident-driven. Technology is embedded and technicians
are focused on machine-controlling. Nothing like IT, where everything has to
communicate with everything else, and one functional executive ensures that
everyone with a device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop pc) can do
their job." 

In the report, VINT researchers make three recommendations to speed up the
integration between OT and IT.

"First, we advise companies to look at their operations in relation to the
telecommunication sector, which has successfully bridged time and distance
with machine protocols (M2M). Secondly, we are advising them to give top
priority to the integration of OT and IT on their digital transformation
agenda. Bringing these totally different worlds together, mentally and
physically, is key. In doing so corporate culture is the main challenge.
Lastly, and most importantly for the future, we have emphasized the need to
establish a new way of education. We need to develop accelerated initiatives
to bridge the gap between OT and IT in educational programs," concluded Menno
van Doorn.

The Internet of Things Series
The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Things build a bridge between OT and IT is
the third in a four-part series of Internet of Things reports from VINT. The
first was published in the fall of 2013, under the title Things – Internet of
Business Opportunities. The second, Empathic Things, about the internet in, on
and around the human body, was released at the start of this year. The final
report in these series is to be Smart Cities, looking at the future for
high-tech home and living environments.

The authors of the report are Menno van Doorn, Sander Duivestein, Erik van
Ommeren, David Excoffier and Rene Maas. They are now working on the last
report in the Internet of Things series, which will be published in the fall
of 2014.

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About VINT
The Sogetitrend lab VINT (Vision - Inspiration - Navigation - Trends) is a
part of SogetiLabs, a network with Sogeti's top technology leaders around the
world, always have an eye on the horizon looking for evolutions driven by new
technology. In recent years VINT did research into Open Source Innovation and
Crowd Sourcing (2006), Social Media (2008), Crisis and Paradigm Shift (2010),
The App Effect (2012), The Connected Workforce (2013) and Big Data (2013).
VINT was set up in 1994 and has to date published more than 10 books and a
large number of video productions. For more information please visit

Sogeti’s research institute, VINT (Vision, Innovation, Navigation and Trends)
released their latest report: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Things build
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