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2. Operational Technology (OT)

OT connects own set of various technologies to create highly reliable and stable machines

2. Operational Technology (OT)

OT is the hardware and software to manage, monitor and control industrial operations. Its tasks range from monitoring critical assets to controlling robots on the shop floor. It basically keeps machines and factories running and producing the required product.

As you can see, OT has a wide array of topics to handle: from process monitoring and control, over safety and implementation concerns, to automation and maintenance.

Typical responsibilities:

  • Monitoring processes to ensure the best product quality
  • Controlling machine parameters
  • Automation of mechanical and controlling processes
  • Connecting machines and sensors for communication
  • Maintenance of machines and assets
  • Certifying machines for safety and compliance
  • Retrofitting assets to increase functionality
  • And many more…

Typical vendors for Operational Technology:

What is important in OT?

Nobody wants to build a nuclear reactor using agile “move fast, break things” principles

As promised, this is similar to what we’ve seen earlier in the Information Technology chapter

High importance

Reliability & SafetyMalfunction can result in extreme damages to human and property
Maintainability & standardsMachines typically run between 20-30 years, sometimes even 50+ years
CertificationsLegally required certifications for safety and optional certificates for reliability

Of lesser importance:

User experienceOT programmer are usually not specifically trained to supply a quality UX
Quick development cycles, e.g., agileCan result in missing out important safety elements and damage workers or machines
IT SecuritySince machines can run decades unchanged, IT security needs to be addressed outside on a network-level

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