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Sep
20
2018
Tim Shea — Technology Trends

Going Agile in a MachineFirst World via Business 4.0 & Cognitive Computing

My colleagues and I had the privilege of attending Tata Consultancy Services’ (TCS) Analyst Day event held in Boston on September 7, 2018. There were several interesting and informative presentations covering the concepts of Business 4.0 and MachineFirst Philosophy and how TCS is leveraging its unparalleled domain expertise and its deep and vast portfolio of services and solutions to provide its customers with exponential value to create abundance through mass customization, leveraging ecosystems to help its customers embrace and manage risk while maximizing business outcomes using technologies and concepts such as Cloud, Intelligence, Automated and Agile.
Sep
14
2018
Tim Shea — Industry Trends

Chevron Launching Predictive Maintenance to Cut Costs & Improve Operations

ARC takes every opportunity to blog about examples of leading oil & gas companies that are embarking on their journey towards digital transformation and operational excellence. We are encouraged and excited when companies engage in strong technology partnerships that enable them to breakdown operational silos and harness the power of digital technologies to improve operational performance.  One of the lowest “hanging fruit” in terms of opportunities to leverage the benefits of digital transformation lies in predictive maintenance.
Sep
10
2018
Guest Blogger: Jennifer Major — Industry Trends

How IoT with embedded AI is driving new revenue streams in the industrial world

When I ask people what they think the Internet of Things (IoT) is all about, the majority say, “smart homes”, probably based on personal experience with Alexa or Siri.  If I say that it’s also about industries making using of sensor data, most think of manufacturing.

Sep
25
2018
Harry Forbes — Technology Trends

Open Process Automation Forum Redefining Next Generation DCS

In response to the Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF), a forum of The Open Group, many DCS suppliers are defining a new generation of products in which industrial control systems will be virtualized and “software-defined” to a much greater degree than today. This OPAF effort was initiated by ExxonMobil in 2016. This largely end user-driven initiative seeks to define “a standards-based, open, secure, and interoperable process control architecture that applies across multiple process industries.” The functions of any DCS in today’s plants could be replaced by these new systems, which consist of both servers and small automation edge devices. ExxonMobil sees its existing industrial control system (ICS) applications moving gradually from the installed DCS to these small devices or to on-premise, high-availability servers that can virtualize them.
Sep
20
2018
Mark Sen Gupta — Industry Trends

Cybersecurity Certification is Important for Safety Instrumented Systems

or end users of process safety systems, cybersecurity certification should be a primary concern, especially after the costly TRITON/TRISIS malware incident that happened in the Middle East this past year. The emergence of TRITON/TRISIS adds a new dimension to the discussion of ICS and SCADA cybersecurity. Safety systems are not immune to cyber-attacks. As a result, end users will have to take a more considered approach to everything from management of change procedures to integration of process control and safety systems.
Sep
11
2018
Sharada Prahladrao — Industry Trends

Rising Fuel Prices and India’s Falling Rupee

Today’s gradually increasing oil prices have helped drive economic growth in energy-producing nations and supported renewed growth in the global operational technology (OT) industry.  However, rising energy prices have not been so good to countries such as India, which – while a major energy consumer – is neither a major energy producer or global OT supplier.  In fact, the rising fuel prices are putting additional pressure on India’s falling rupee.
Sep
06
2018
Guest Blogger: Kevin Jones — Industry Trends

Integrating Maintenance Information

One of the challenges facing industrial process manufacturing is the growing number of data sources. Examples of these data sources could be shift reports, process data historians, laboratory information management systems, or manufacturing execution systems. Being able to easily connect disparate data sources for decision-making is a key challenge in the age of IIOT. The lack of connection of these data sources and the creation of data silos is one version of the “big data” problem we hear about.
Sep
25
2018
Sid Snitkin — ARCView

Addressing Resource Gaps in Industrial Cybersecurity Programs

Summary

ARC Advisory Group research indicates that while many companies across a wide spectrum of industries have implemented cybersecurity technologies to protect their facilities, few have the resources to sustain their effectivene

Sep
20
2018
Mark Sen Gupta — Industry Trends

Cybersecurity Certification is Important for Safety Instrumented Systems

or end users of process safety systems, cybersecurity certification should be a primary concern, especially after the costly TRITON/TRISIS malware incident that happened in the Middle East this past year. The emergence of TRITON/TRISIS adds a new dimension to the discussion of ICS and SCADA cybersecurity. Safety systems are not immune to cyber-attacks. As a result, end users will have to take a more considered approach to everything from management of change procedures to integration of process control and safety systems.

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Sep
25
2018
Sid Snitkin — ARCView

Addressing Resource Gaps in Industrial Cybersecurity Programs

Summary

ARC Advisory Group research indicates that while many companies across a wide spectrum of industries have implemented cybersecurity technologies to protect their facilities, few have the resources to sustain their effectivene

Sep
25
2018
Tim Shea — Company and Product News

Schlumberger Launches New Zonal Isolation Technology

Schlumberger has launched the CemFIT Shield mud-sealing cement system with the industry’s first zonal isolation technology specifically designed to improve isolation between hydraulic fracturing stages in long horizontal wells.

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