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Lora O'Haver19 May, 2021

Accelerating growth through better operations data management

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Across industries, COVID-19 has reinforced the need for decision makers to be able to view and analyze operations data remotely. Transitioning to working from home, industrial leaders, engineers, asset operators, and contractors were forced to monitor essential operations from a distance. Digital transformation was put to the test. Companies were able to evaluate their existing data management practices and imagine how to improve them.

The more people across an organization that get their hands on data and learn how to use it, the more of it they want to see. Especially as it is integrated with finance and ERP systems and used in predictive analytics and data science applications, people begin to see the power of their data.

Taking operations data to the next level

A recent webinar explored how collecting edge data formerly stranded at remote locations can unlock new opportunities for manufacturers and the service providers that support them. The session covered best practices for storing data as well as how edge data can be used as one component of a larger digital transformation.

Patti Sullivan, Director Cloud, Channels, and Community, and John Marriott, a Technology Partner Manager, are part of the team responsible for rolling out new technologies like edge data solutions at OSIsoft, now part of AVEVA. Sullivan and Marriott recently shared their experiences from the front lines and showed how an edge-to-cloud data management platform benefits both industrial operators and service providers. Using examples from pulp and paper, power generation, pharmaceuticals, and other heavy equipment manufacturers, they demonstrated the transformative effects of seamless data management.

Transition to edge data 

There’s never been a better time to consider a transition to edge data. Beyond the changes from COVID-19, baby boomers are retiring in record numbers, leaving the potential for gaps in knowledge and expertise that will increasingly be filled by contractors and other outside experts. 

People coming into an organization need to come up to speed quickly and access relevant information, no matter where they are working. Using tools like Edge Data Store and OSIsoft Cloud Services allows for better collaboration and a single source of truth when it comes to data and asset management, rather than data silos that inhibit decision making.

“With edge-to-cloud data management, data can be shared securely, barriers can be broken down, and everybody wins,” Sullivan said. “The company improves operations, equipment vendors can improve their product, and service providers enhance critical relationships.” 

Moving forward, Sullivan said technology leaders should be asking themselves whether they have a foundational platform in place to access IIoT devices and accommodate real-time data sharing in a way that’s both easily accessible and easily scalable.  

Register for the webinar recording to learn more about how comprehensive edge-to-cloud data management can unlock new opportunities and drive growth in 2021 and beyond.

Lora O'HaverSenior Product Marketing ManagerLora has over 20 years of experience in data management, cloud computing, and computer networking. She currently focuses on understanding and writing about the various ways industrial customers use the PI System to improve operating efficiency and production, reduce costs, and achieve digital transformation.
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