Future-proof your organization with a robust information infrastructure

Posted: October 09, 2022

Less than a decade ago, an industrial plant would work largely in insolation, and an organization managed its data entirely with on-premises systems with a different system for each operation. However, over the past decade, the industrial sector witnessed advances in digital technology that changed the way data is collected, contextualized, and shared within an organization and with partners. These advances have changed the way the industrial sector operates, delivering significant efficiencies across organizations. These advances are sometimes referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0.

Today, developments in cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning mean that businesses are increasingly moving to a hybrid-SaaS (software as a solution) model that combines on-premises applications with cloud-hosted technologies in a single, trusted platform. A hybrid architecture combines applications that gather data within a local control room and on the plant floor with those that are better suited to the cloud. Hybrid architectures for operations control make it possible to leverage remote edge fleets, IIoT capabilities, or AI and machine learning, regardless of operation size. They also break down data siloes, provide disaster recovery, and reduce hardware footprint.

This unification of data across applications provides access to greater actionable insights, enables more collaboration, and empowers the workforce. With quality, trusted data at engineers’ fingertips, engineers can focus on adding strategic value—flagging potential risks earlier, identifying better ways of working, and fostering more effective partnerships with the wider ecosystem.

A robust and trusted information infrastructure is essential to achieving a reliable flow of unified information that can be easily shared while protecting information security. With the right information infrastructure, organizations can effectively mature their digital transformation journey and unlock the full potential of converging IT, OT, and ET systems.

Yet, many companies underestimate the risks and impact a data breach may have on their business. As the world becomes more globalized and connected, rapid advances in technology have seen a corresponding rise in cybersecurity risks, and according to most experts, industrial systems are not protected well enough. Enhanced security must be built-in during any system’s development to make certain that it takes a proactive stance on cybersecurity.

At AVEVA, we help industrial organizations action their digital transformation strategies, so they can remain sustainable, secure, and profitable in today’s market. Organizations that have the right information infrastructure and a data-driven culture in place now are significantly more likely to gain the competitive edge from new technological advances in the future. In our latest white paper, we detail the four pillars upon which a robust information infrastructure depends. They are:

1.       Governance—aligning information to IT security policy

2.       Trust—implementing secure cyber practices

3.       Management—empowering organizations, securely

4.       Hybrid industrial architecture—synchronizing on-premises and cloud applications

Learn how AVEVA is supporting its clients to future-proof their digital transformation with our industrial cloud platform, AVEVA™ Connect. 

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