Close

Search

Whitepapers

Harnessing IT/OT convergence for operational success in the power industry

In the power industry, the future is meeting the present head on as a wave of digitalization crashes over industrial control systems that are, in many cases, decades old. Operational excellence for these companies increasingly depends on how efficiently their IT interacts with their OT. In large power companies, this kind of inter-departmental alignment is difficult enough. However there are also external factors that make it even harder.

Download full whitepaper

Whitepaper summary

In the power industry, like the rest of the critical infrastructure landscape, the future is meeting the present head on, as a wave of digitalization crashes over industrial control systems that are, in many cases, decades old. Operational excellence for these companies increasingly depends on how efficiently their IT (information technology) interacts with their OT (operational technology). It is important that these two functions aren’t excessively “siloed” – IT/OT convergence is happening and organizational association is the key to its success. In large power companies, this kind of inter-departmental alignment is difficult enough. However there are also external factors that make it even harder.

OT is ubiquitous throughout energy, utilities and manufacturing, however the power industry in particular is one that represents a huge opportunity to foster operational excellence through the alignment of IT and OT functions. It is, after all, an asset-heavy industry on a vast scale with monitors and sensors that track and control both generation and delivery to the end-user.

As the use of smart meters and IoT devices is adopted widely, power companies are increasingly looking to employ analytics and digital mapping in order to allocate resources to the right place at the right time. All these initiatives must demonstrably link to increasing plant efficiency and operational excellence since they are seeking to lower their cost per megawatts or at least keep it the same.
Analytics for maintenance is a key tool in improving efficiency and keeping costs down – utilities can increasingly predict what’s going to fail and react to it quickly so capacity isn’t lost. They can also plan for outages and make their turnaround much more efficient.

The importance of IT/OT convergence is really in how it enables monitoring and control of sensors and connected systems on a huge scale. It also makes analyzing the data that these complex systems produce much easier, and can be done anywhere in the world, particularly by harnessing cloud technology. However, it’s not solely about converging the technologies themselves. Businesses also need to ensure that the departments and processes are as integrated as possible.

Share this

Download full whitepaper

Get in touch with us

Do you have a project which you are interest in working with us on?

You may also be interested in

WHITEPAPER

Data readiness: The fundamental building block

May 29, 2020

The whitepaper outlines the key data considerations and decisions that you can make to help you sustain profitable operations.

Read full article
WHITEPAPER

Driving flow assurance through effective KPI setting, analytics and digital twin technology

Aug 15, 2019

In the past, when oil prices were higher, upstream producers were very focused on managing their assets for maximum production volume. However, in the current and forecast business environment, there is a much greater need to manage for value. Maximum value is not always maximum flow; this can sometimes lead to value destruction. So what does managing for value mean for an upstream producer?

Read full article
WHITEPAPER

Key steps for delivering autonomous operations

Feb 4, 2020

Achieving autonomous operations is all about empowering the plant to run, learn, adapt and thrive in tomorrow’s environment. Dynamic real-time optimization gives a fast automated response based on the actual changes in raw material properties, product demand, and operating conditions.

Read full article

Get the latest updates from KBC

Sign up to our newsletter to receive our latest innovations, viewpoints and be informed about any upcoming events.