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April 18, 2024

Bridging the Gap: Exploring Opportunities and Challenges in IT and OT Collaboration for Enhanced Industrial Efficiency and Security

Don’t miss AUTOSOL’s Andrew Hinz on a panel-style webinar, where fellow industry experts will be exploring opportunities & challenges in IT and OT collaboration. This event is presented by the Oil and Gas Journal on May 15, 2024 at 10 a.m. CST. The webinar is entitled “Bridging the Gap: Exploring Opportunities and Challenges in IT and OT Collaboration, for Enhanced Industrial Efficiency and Security.”

The webinar discussion points will highlight the potential for improved efficiency, productivity, and innovation in industrial settings. These experts also will address the hurdles posed by differing objectives, security concerns, and technology landscapes. They will emphasize the need for strategic alignment, effective communication, and robust cybersecurity measures to unlock the full potential of this convergence.

Topics covered include:

  • Open Automation platforms and how they enable best-in-breed technology from the IT and OT markets 
  • Deployment Challenges- Day 0, Day 1, and Day 2 challenges and how to start with the end in mind 
  • Solution Ownership- how organizations can share resources while still assigning responsibility and ownership of applications 
  • Benefits of bringing together IT and OT experts as well as Integrator Partners to deliver on the promises of Industry 4.0 
  • How to split and justify the cost of IT/OT investments 

Three esteemed speakers are included in this webinar:

Andrew Hinz, AUTOSOL

Andrew Hinz, AUTOSOL

With more than two decades of experience in various technology sectors, Andrew’s expertise spans remote IT infrastructures, industrial control systems, remote data acquisition and analysis, wireless communication systems, and remote video/audio applications. Andrew’s contributions to the Upstream and Midstream sectors have been marked by the introduction of innovative, edge-based solutions. Notably, he holds three patents in the domain of electrical safety and monitoring technologies.

In addition, Andrew has co-published peer-reviewed electrical safety articles in esteemed publications such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). His unwavering passion lies in advancing technology in areas such as remote IT infrastructures, industrial control systems, wireless communication, and electrical safety. 

Rudy deAnda, Stratus, Senior Manager Strategic Alliances

Rudy deAnda, Stratus Technologies, Senior Manager Strategic Alliances

Rudy De Anda is the Head of Strategic Alliances for Stratus Technologies where he is responsible for alliance relationships in the industrial automation and edge markets. Rudy joined Stratus in November 2019 in this capacity and is responsible for creating the strategy and go-to-market plans for developing new technical and automation alliances with ecosystem partners. 

Rudy possesses deep industry expertise in industrial automation, technical sales, and business development, drawing on his wide expertise across many verticals in both discrete and process automation control and Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) solutions.

Charles Smith, Senior Analyst, Williams

Charles Smith, Senior Analyst, Williams Companies

Charles Smith is a seasoned IT & OT professional with 27 years of experience in designing and implementing cutting-edge solutions for various industries such as agriculture, food manufacturing, and midstream energy sectors. Over the past 15 years, Charles has concentrated his expertise on edge data acquisition solutions and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) technologies, helping businesses harness the power of data for informed decision-making. 

Currently, Charles is driving the OT (Operational Technology) Digital Strategy at Williams Companies, a leading organization in the energy sector. His responsibilities include leveraging edge technology to bolster cybersecurity, enhance data resolution, and integrate AI, machine learning, and predictive maintenance tools. As part of his role, Charles is also committed to reducing deployment and management costs, ensuring a streamlined and cost-effective approach to technology implementation.

Charles’ extensive experience and dedication to embracing innovative solutions have positioned him as a thought leader in the IT & OT sectors, and his work continues to impact the digital transformation journey of the industries he serves.

This webinar is sponsored by our partner, Stratus Technologies. You won’t want to miss this- register here today!

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