TECH BUYER Mar 2020 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US46089320

Software-Defined Industrial Automation at the Edge: Ladder Logic for the 21st Century

By: Jonathan LangResearch Manager, Worldwide IT/OT Convergence Strategies, Kevin ProutyGroup Vice President, Energy and Manufacturing Insights

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This IDC Perspective provides insight into the emerging concept of software-defined automation (SDA) that is poised to take hold in operational settings in the coming years. SDA signals a shift from utilizing automation as a tool for efficiency to automation as an opportunity for data collection, resilient decision making, and process transformation.

"The benefits of SDA are far reaching, but it will require new skills and principles within industrial operations and new roles and partnerships within technology supplier ecosystems," says Jonathan Lang, research manager for IDC's Worldwide IT/OT Convergence Strategies program. "To achieve this future state will require the disaggregation of mechanical functions, IT hardware, and software at the edge."


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