2014 Information Integration Study: Five findings on integrating operations
Key findings on how companies have undertaken projects to integrate multiple levels within their organization.
Respondents to the Control Engineering 2014 Information Integration Study identified five high-level findings on how companies have undertaken projects to integrate multiple levels within their organization:
- Integrated levels: One in five respondents’ indicated that their organization’s manufacturing floor (Level 1) and advanced manufacturing control (Level 2) are highly integrated. Another 13% claimed Level 1 and enterprise (Level 3) are highly integrated, and only 11% reported the same level of integration between Levels 1 and 3.
- Benefits: Some benefits from recent integration projects include better support for decision making (46%), better control of resources (43%), more automated processes (41%), and faster decision making (41%).
- Challenges: More than one-third of respondents agree that the lack of budget for integration projects, training people, personnel shortage, and confusion over scope/benefits are top challenges to integrating operations.
- Security: Thirty-five percent of respondents’ networks are well defended with no known intrusions, while 39% have some defensive measures in place, and 15% don’t have coordinated defensive measures yet.
- Remote monitoring: When asked about accessing manufacturing data from mobile devices, 38% of respondents said their data is kept isolated and not accessible from smart phones or tablets, yet another 21% allow management to routinely use these devices to upload information to their systems.
View additional findings at www.controleng.com/2014InformationIntegration. Amanda Pelliccione is research director for Control Engineering, CFE Media.