IT and OT are traditionally different worlds.
IT inherently covers communications as a part of its information scope: connected.
OT has not traditionally been networked technology. Many devices for monitoring or adjustment were not computerized and those with computer resources generally used closed, proprietary protocols and programmable logic controllers (PLC) rather than technologies that afford full computer control. The systems involved often relied on air gapping for security.
Closing the gap between IT and OT is essential for smart manufacturing and cyber-security. Better to start the change now than being ‘caught out’ when you need it.
There are two main aspects for better alignment: A MOM Center of Excellence, and a better integration of IT and OT processes, organization & governance, and people (skills).
With our approach we help you designing the scenarios to align better. The designed plan is a perfect starting point for the change management discussions that will be needed to happen. Introduction of concepts like using standards for standardization and maturity during the workshop will create a strong foundation.