Digital Threads: Making Industrial Operations Data Accessible, Accurate, and Actionable

Digital Threads: Making Industrial Operations Data Accessible, Accurate, and Actionable

  • December 2021 •
  • 9 pages •
  • Report ID: 6192380 •
  • Format: PDF
This IDC Perspective provides insight into the challenges and opportunities for managing operational data at scale. To ensure that salient operational data is accessible to the systems that require it, accurate in the moment it is required, and actionable to all the roles that consume it, companies are looking to digital thread approaches to connect data across their technology landscape. This document defines the challenges and opportunities in taking this approach to unlocking the value of operational data.Data access, accuracy, and actionability are the focus of nearly all discussions surrounding operational digital transformation. This is because previous approaches to architecting and managing operational data have proven faulty and incapable of scale. Now, organizations looking to capitalize on their data are rapidly pursuing digital thread approaches to resolve the data dilemma."A series of flopped pilots and false promises are causing enterprises to reconsider their operational data strategy," says Jonathan Lang, research manager, IDC's Worldwide IT/OT Convergence Strategies program. "They are seeking agnosticity and flexibility in their data ingestion layer by separating data connectivity from their analytics and applications so that they can better distribute data across a heterogeneous technology landscape with accuracy and scalability."
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