The ability to control operational devices over the Internet brings with it an imperative to apply IT disciplines like security and data governance to the realm of industrial operations.
An operational technology platform is a specialization of what IDC calls the "3rd Platform" built for the new generation of IT applications that incorporate Big Data and analytics, social business technologies, cloud deployment, and mobile-centric user interfaces. A focus will be applications for asset and operations optimization such as predictive maintenance across the range of asset-intensive industries.
GE, with the help of its partners, is delivering the Predix platform to address this need.
Read the IDC white paper.