Gartner Research

As IT and OT Converge, IT and Engineers Should Learn From Each Other

Published: 16 January 2020

ID: G00450675

Analyst(s): Kristian Steenstrup, Earl Perkins

Summary

As more projects in asset-intensive industries become hybrid designs of IT and OT, CIOs need to work more effectively with engineers. Borrowing lessons from how engineers plan, design and execute projects will serve IT well as IoT and digital business become pervasive.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • CIOs Must Start to See Engineering Values of a Risk-Averse, Safety-First Attitude as Useful — Not as Inflexible and an Obstacle
  • Engineering Formal Standards and Methods Must Become Part of a Development Process Within IT
  • CIOs Must See Cyber-Physical System Security as a Physical Safety and Reliability Requirement, as Well as a Software Integrity Need
  • Conclusion: Building the Right Teams

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