Why SCADA Is Bad for Smart Factories

February 14, 2019 Brandon Lewis

Smart factories enable companies to eliminate data silos that often exist between operational technology (OT) and enterprise IT. But unstructured, time-series data generated by industrial machines is often incompatible with highly structured IT environments. This mismatch can lead to the loss of contextual and semantic information when industrial data is transferred into IT systems.   

In this article, industrial engineers will learn:

  • The role of SCADA in a dual data architecture, with unstructured machine data on one side and highly structured systems on the other
  • The four distinct vectors of an effective IIoT data analytics strategy
  • How one company’s application framework can connect industrial assets with computing resources.

About the Author

Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for guiding the property's content strategy, editorial direction, and engineering community engagement, which includes IoT Design, Automotive Embedded Systems, the Power Page, Industrial AI & Machine Learning, and other publications. As an experienced technical journalist, editor, and reporter with an aptitude for identifying key technologies, products, and market trends in the embedded technology sector, he enjoys covering topics that range from development kits and tools to cyber security and technology business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached by email at brandon.lewis@opensysmedia.com.

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