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IT Tools Elevate DCS Capabilities

Fewer Rivalries and Better Collaboration Are Allowing Distributed Processes to Apply More IT-Based Expertise, Software and Networking to Streamline Operations—and May Even Enable More BYOD, If Security Can Be Maintained

By Jim Montague

There's an inevitable progression when process applications and their distributed control systems (DCSs) get their first fieldbus connections, Ethernet ports and Internet protocol (IP) addresses—and they all move toward information technology (IT) and its debatable focus on authentication over uptime. Luckily, despite past prejudices and rivalries, there are many useful tools and friends in IT, who can help DCSs take advantage of their increasingly broad and mobile network ties and Internet links.

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