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INTECH NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 31 SYSTEM INTEGRATION fication program, which allows the com- panion specifications to be certified for interoperability. Digitalization The industrial and process manufac- turing industries have realized they can improve production by using data to gain insights and to optimize. This is leading to the movement toward digi- tal manufacturing, which is the topic of many new conferences all over the world on big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, Industrial Inter- net of Things (IIoT), IoT, cloud comput- ing, edge computing, and the fog. End users and suppliers are overwhelmed with all these new innovations and are sorting out what makes sense to lever- age from a business value perspective to maximize their effectiveness in daily production operations. Collaboration between the OPC Foundation and a wide range of other industry organiza- tions is bringing clarity. n ABOUT THE AUTHOR Thomas J. Burke (Thomas.Burke@OPC- is the OPC Foundation president and executive director. Burke has a BS in theoretical mathematics from John Carroll University and an MS in com- puter engineering from the University of Dayton. For the majority of his career, he has developed hardware, software, and firmware for industrial automation, most ly at Rockwell Automation. Burke is the founding father of the OPC Founda- tion (started in 1995) and has spearhead - ed the vision of OPC for multivendor, multiplatform, secure, and reliable infor- mation integration interoperability. View the online version at Enterprise network Operations network Plant floor network ERP MES Firewall Unix, Linux, etc. Linux, VxWorks, QNX, etc. UA client UA client UA client UA client UA client UA client UA server UA server UA server UA server UA server Device data Configuration Vertical integration Owl Data Diodes Can Help @owlcyberdefense IT'S TIME TO GET PHYSICAL DON'T LEAVE YOUR SECURITY TO CHANCE Physically-enforced cybersecurity for the strongest protection from cyber threats. Data diode technology secures networks and devices from all external attacks, including malware, ransomware, and advanced persistent threats. In a world gone software, harden your defenses with Owl Cyber Defense.

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