Beyond my somewhat labored connection of the past and present, it is worth noting some of the recent, wide-ranging leadership shown by Rockwell in the IIoT arena. For instance, in events such as TechEd, Rockwell Automation has focused on creating what it refers to as The Connected Enterprise. In this vision, Rockwell says operations managers will be equipped to profitably manage and improve manufacturing and industrial processes; IT executives will be able to reduce network complexities and exposure to security risks, while productivity-improving information will reach workers “in a context that is meaningful for each role.” The TechEd events have drawn thousands of attendees at a variety of locations. While there is an obvious focus on Rockwell capabilities, as with many such efforts at industry evangelism, the net result will be a “lifting of all boats” on the rising IIoT tide.
More of Rockwell Automation’s take on IIoT will be available at SmartIndustry 2015, where Beth Parkinson, Market Development Director, Connected Enterprise, Rockwell Automation, will discuss “The Transformative Power of Industrial Enterprise Connectivity,” in particular looking at how an information-enabled Connected Enterprise creates a competitive advantage and “How to make The Connected Enterprise a reality in your organization.”
Alan R. Earls is a Boston-based writer focused on technology, business, and manufacturing — a field where he spent the earliest part of his career. He has written for publications and websites as diverse as The Boston Globe, Computerworld and Modern Infrastructure as well as Industry, The Manufacturer, and Today's Machining World.