Automation Solution Providers Shift Gears to Align with IIoT-driven Industry Transformation

Digital solutions crucial to growth opportunities, finds Frost & Sullivan’s Industrial Automation and Process Control team

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Tectonic shifts are underway across process and discrete industries due to the need for capital efficiency, asset efficiency and resource efficiency. These trends are nurturing the growth of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0.

The convergence of algorithms, cloud, data, devices and networks drive a creative destruction and expansion of traditional business models. Further, the directional shift from CAPEX ? OPEX cycles will see the market focus more on brownfield assets/modernization-driven projects in short-term.

The emergence of new business and operational models mandates solution providers to steer towards digital solutions, as the need for outcomes and prescriptive insights grows.

Also, another key trend in the market is the industry preference towards solution integration, enterprise-scale contextualization of insights and multi-site deployments.

All of this steer an intense collaboration between IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology), which flattens out the traditional layered hierarchical architectures present in process and discrete industries.

The flattening of automation architectures has led to the emergence of several digital industrial platform offerings such as Ability from ABB, Mindsphere from Siemens AG, PlantWeb Digital Ecosystem from Emerson, Predix from GE Digital, Lumada from Hitachi, Leonardo from SAP AG, Watson from IBM, to name a few.

“Digital industrial platforms will emerge as the cornerstone to unlock value and generate alternative revenue monetization streams from exiting products and solutions across the automation solutions market,” said Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation & Process Control Research analyst, Ticaram Ramakrishnan.

“Further, OT vendors’ development of digital solutions, will compete with traditional IT majors as value-levers move from hardware to software and outcome-based services.”

Further, opined by Frost & Sullivan’s Consulting Manager Muthuraman “Ram” Ramasamy – “2017 and beyond will be the era of industrials: every industry and end-market out there will be disrupted by digital in one form or the other. As fear, uncertainty and quest for sustainable performance grips the industry’s ecosystem, solution providers will diversify their focus from energy-centric value-chains to steady-growth hybrid industries, such as food and beverages and lifesciences.”

Also, “Traditional automation companies will look to re-position and re-brand themselves in order to better serve customer pressure points. The race to become the next anchor for industrial markets has truly begun.”


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