In 2017, Gartner said “The rising interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital business transformation means that new opportunities will emerge and associated risks will need to be mitigated. Doing so will involve high levels of cooperation between IT and the groups managing the operational technology (OT) monitoring or controlling the physical devices and processes in the enterprise.” Therefore, IT leaders (CIO) need to prepare for the transition of their organizations to the converging, aligning and integrating of IT and OT environments. This is the cornerstone of using Industry 4.0, the industrial Internet, (I)IoT and cyber-physical systems with maximized benefit.

Convergence of IT and OT is about systems, standards and a new way of thinking.

This IT/OT convergence is often a challenge. It is not just a challenge because of new and exciting technologies but also because of new ways of thinking. This tends to be even a bigger challenge when two different worlds , that have worked separately and with completely different systems, technologies and vendors, must integrate in the context of IIoT and the Industrial Internet.
In this two-day non-technical online workshop, the participant will be presented with background on the IT/OT convergence challenge. We will then discuss the reasons why it is a must for organization.
Throughout the workshop related subjects  will be explained, like Smart manufacturing & Industry 4.0, (I)IoT, cyber-physical systems, cyber-security and standardization (ISA-95), as these are part of the reason why this convergence is a must.
Finally, the Center of Excellence (CoE) concept will be introduced. This will include the needed governance structure. Case studies following journey of other companies will be presented and discussed.

  • Introduction
  • IT and OT: What are the differences?
  • IT/OT combining convergence and the business together
  • Governance and Center of Excellence (CoE)
  • Some examples
  • Conclusions

Assignments that can be done during the course and outside the course are part of the course evaluation.

Note: The two sessions are scheduled on two consecutive days.