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OPTIMIZE 12 INTECH MARCH/APRIL 2017 WWW.ISA.ORG A data-driven revolution Industrial information technologies take process optimization to the next level By Luis Domínguez, PhD; S. Mohan Kumar, PhD; Eduardo Gallestey, PhD; and Simo Saynevirta T here has been a lot of recent discussion about the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, data analytics, and cloud. All of these terms may seem new to some au- diences in the industrial world. However, a num- ber of user companies have been at the forefront of the industrial automation revolution for a long time—gathering, storing, and analyzing large amounts of data and using it to improve their operations. Numerous software products have been widely employed in industrial automation applications, allowing process and energy indus- tries to make optimal operating decisions from energy/production planning and scheduling to

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