Operational Technology Viewpoints

Insights on emerging technologies, practices, and processes for enhancing operational excellence.

Jan
03
2019
Dick Hill — Industry Trends

Technology Evaluation and Selection in the Digital Transformation Era

Owner/operators frequently ask ARC Advisory Group for advice about selecting both technology and technology suppliers.  With the current Digital Transformation trend in full speed ahead mode, technology evaluation and selection can be a challenging task.
Dec
21
2018
Harry Forbes — ARC Report Abstract

The End of Industrial Automation (As We Know It)

A major technology disruption is approaching in the world of industrial automation.  This disruption (software container technology) has the potential to render long-held supplier business models obsolete.  It will also require suppliers of all types to adopt emerging software technologies and practices from the cloud computing domain. 
Dec
21
2018
Greg Gorbach — ARC Report Abstract

Strategies for Transforming Production Operations With 21st Century Software

A wave of digital transformation is sweeping through the industrial sector.  Driven by innovative and potentially disruptive technologies, and by an emerging understanding of possible new ways of serving customers and competing in the marketplace, industrial companies are modernizing their IT and OT software.
Dec
20
2018
Eddie Fidler — ARC Report Abstract

Electric Fleets Will Drive Demand for EV Charging Infrastructure

Future demand for both electric vehicles (EVs) and the associated electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) will, of course, be driven by the increased adoption of electric vehicles by individuals and commercial fleets.
Dec
19
2018
Ed O'Brien — ARC Report Abstract

Analytics in EAM – Moving Beyond KPIs  

A variety of factors are influencing the growing awareness and interest in analytics in EAM by maintenance groups.  Today’s industrial organizations see the value that effective data management, KPIs, and both predictive and prescriptive analytics can bring. 
Dec
18
2018
Harry Forbes — Acquisition or Partnership

ABB Divests Power Grids to Hitachi

After months of speculation and weeks of rumors, yesterday ABB announced it was divesting its Power Grids Division to Hitachi. The months of speculation derived from the European activist investor Cevian Capital, which won a seat on the ABB Board in 2017, apparently with an agenda of breaking up the group. ABB shareholders will receive roughly $7.7 billion from the transaction through buybacks or similar actions.
Dec
13
2018
Rick Rys — Technology Trends

Transactive Energy for the Electric Grid of the Future

While deregulation of electric utilities has separated generation from distribution in the US and elsewhere, many opportunities remain for future regulations to make our grids provide reliable power at the lowest costs with transactive energy for the electric grid.
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