Over the last several years, there has been significant advances in and adoption of new automation technologies. Many of the recent advances include industrializing some popular consumer technology. This helps accelerate the ongoing convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) to support digital transformation.
In 2018, there will be an acceleration of this IT/OT convergence, particularly as this relates to the acceptance of and proliferation of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-enabled solutions, cybersecurity, edge computing, augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, digital twins, and progress on the Open Process Automation (OPA) front.
In no particular order, here are five key technology trends that will have a major impact on both process and discrete automation in 2018:
- Intelligence at the edge
- Advances in industrial cybersecurity management
- Open process automation vision gains traction
- Merging of virtual and physical worlds
- Distributed analytics