New research from Gartner highlights the trend toward IT and operational technology convergence, mostly driven by benefits of alignment and integration such as optimized business processes, enhanced information for better decisions, reduced costs, lower risks and shortened project timelines.

Traditionally, physical-equipment-oriented technology, what Gartner calls operational technology, exists in most industrial environments and is developed, implemented and supported separately from the IT groups. Now, Gartner says, IT and operational technology are converging in numerous industries, such as health care, transportation, defense, energy, aviation, manufacturing, engineering, mining, and oil and gas.

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