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Rockwell Automation’s John Genovesi talks about how the Connected Enterprise enables collecting information on intelligent assets in plants which, it estimates, will mean that more than 50-billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020.

Now more than ever, manufacturers can readily take advantage of growing intelligence through modern technology, such as cloud, mobile and converged, plantwide EtherNet/ IP. To maximise value from this data, Rockwell Automation is expanding its information solutions capabilities to support manufacturers as they move through their own digital transformation and realise their version of the Connected Enterprise.

“Access to information is changing the face of industrial operations,” says John Genovesi, vice president of Information Software and Process Business at Rockwell Automation. “We have made significant investments in technology and resources that make operations smarter, and make the data from control systems more useful.

“Now we are taking it a step further, expanding our integrated control and information offerings to help customers drastically reduce production variability and risk, while optimising production,” he says.

“The journey to smart manufacturing has heightened the reality that collaboration between OT and IT is not an option – it’s a necessity,” adds Genovesi. “We’ve been working with Microsoft to focus our products and technology teams on a series of strategic initiatives to simplify and enable that collaboration.”

“The Rockwell Automation vision for The Connected Enterprise is aligned with Microsoft’s vision to integrate intelligence into all assets within a connected system,” says Çaglayan Arkan, general manager, worldwide manufacturing and resources at Microsoft. “We’re bringing together domain expertise in a series of co-innovation projects, focused on enabling the convergence of OT and IT to create new value for their organisations. True enterprise intelligence requires co-ordination and compatibility from the edge device up through enterprise operations, applications and business decisions.”

The expansion of the applications and services offered by Rockwell Automation Information Solutions uses the scale and openness of Microsoft’s intelligent cloud platform, Microsoft Azure IoT Suite, Cortana Intelligence and mobility services. The expanded offerings give manufacturers access to analytics capabilities that best fit their operation – within a device, throughout a system and/or across the enterprise. At every level, the solutions contextualise data; enable collaboration between people, processes and technology; and drive value with new outcomes.

Regardless of where companies are in their journey to The Connected Enterprise, Rockwell Automation Information Solutions provides domain expertise to help manage production at each step, from planning and execution through optimisation.

Rockwell Automation’s information solutions are built on more than a century of automation experience, over 1-million installations and more than 5 000 companies in the Rockwell Automation Partner Network programme and developer ecosystem. These solutions bridge the gap between manufacturing data and IT, putting the power of production systems to work.

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