In 2018, there will be an acceleration of IT/OT convergence, particularly as this relates to the acceptance of and proliferation of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-enabled solutions, cybersecurity, edge computing, augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, digital twins, and progress on the Open Process Automation (OPA) front.
Here are five key technology trends that will have a major impact on process and discrete automation in 2018:
1. Intelligence at the Edge
2. Advances in Industrial Cybersecurity Management
3. Open Process Automation Vision Gains Traction
4. Merging of Virtual and Physical Worlds
5. Distributed Analytics