How can manufacturing facilities leverage automation, data, and analytics to work smarter? Michael Moore and Brian Romano provide valuable perspective on this question in their illuminating discussion about integrating information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT).

They explore key technologies enabling this convergence, from programmable logic controllers to AI-driven predictive maintenance. However, concerns around cybersecurity vulnerabilities and the need for ongoing human oversight emerge.

This forward-looking conversation highlights the promise and challenges of deeper IT and OT integration. Michael and Brian ultimately paint a vivid picture of how crossing cyber-physical boundaries can pave the path to more agile, insight-driven production.

A Journey of Five College Degrees [00:00:42]

Designing a Virtual Reality World for IT Professionals [00:02:45]

Solving Technical Issues on the Go [00:15:25]

The Remarkable Story of Remote Troubleshooting [00:18:42]

Skills Gap in College Programs [00:19:44]

The Need for Effective Marketing in Technical Education [00:22:43]

The Fulfillment of Seeing Machines in Action [00:26:05]

The Importance of Precision in Operational Technology [00:37:29]

The Importance of Cybersecurity in Industrial Environments [00:51:52]

The Connection Between Networked HMIs and Cybersecurity Risks [00:57:22]

The Future of IT: Data Analytics and AI [01:04:44]

Fallibility of AI and the need for human oversight [01:14:40]

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Michael MooreMichael Moore, CIO Host. With 20 years experience in Information Technology, Michael has guided organizations to develop secure and stable enterprise systems using best practice design, proactive support and cost-effective, scalable architecture. His experience includes over 15 years in healthcare, which boasts some of the toughest security requirements. Michael has worked in leadership roles for over half of his career and is currently an IT Director in charge of Security and Privacy at his current position. He is self-motivated and team-focused, empowering his team and using performance-based management to improve their skills and increase company productivity. Michael has worked on IT due diligence for mergers and acquisitions ensuring that companies safely acquire and assimilate new technologies while controlling and reducing costs. His experience includes on-premise, co-located and cloud environments and has worked with teams from all over the globe.

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