Preparing for Technology Convergence in Manufacturing

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Without an effective IT/OT convergence plan:

  • The IT and OT teams continue to operate in silos unable to take advantage of synergies and driving business value.
  • Internal team relationships suffer, and the organization lacks a cohesive approach to new technologies and innovation.
  • The operation fails to take advantage of the data they have, missing out on key analytics and making poor decisions.

With an effective IT /OT convergence plan:

  • The IT and OT teams can position themselves as leaders in the organization, driving business value and digital transformation.
  • The company can leverage the skills and synergies within its team to deliver competitive advantage.
  • The IT and OT teams can build clarity around roles and responsibilities while creating alignment around a digital roadmap and innovation.

Module 1: Determine Current State

The Purpose

  • Determine the current state IT and OT landscape.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A clear understanding and analysis of the IT and OT current state.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Current state evaluation – SWOT, synergies, IT/OT convergence maturity.
  • Completed self-evaluation and maturity determination
  • IT SWOT analysis
  • OT SWOT analysis
  • Review of synergies
1.2 Identify current state roles and responsibilities.
  • Current state RACI chart
1.3 Identify current state risks and potential benefits.
  • Prioritized risks
  • Prioritized benefits

Module 2: Define Target State

The Purpose

  • Define the target state accountabilities and maturity.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Defined target state for IT/OT convergence.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Target state maturity analysis.
  • IT/OT convergence maturity task prioritization
2.2 Target state roles and responsibilities and action areas.
  • Target state RACI chart
  • Target state action areas

Module 3: Build a Convergence Plan

The Purpose

  • Build a convergence plan.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Completed IT/OT convergence plan.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Define and prioritize initiatives.
  • Prioritized list of initiative profiles
  • Convergence plan with accountabilities, budget, and timing
3.2 Prepare for approval, communication, and plan refresh.
  • Approval plan
  • Stakeholder communication plan
  • Refresh plan

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