Smart Manufacturing Magazine Sponsors Talent Contest

Posted By: Brett Brune on May 24, 2017

Today, we welcome Brett Brune, Editor in Chief of Smart Manufacturing, as a guest blogger. Brett asks readers to sing their hearts out about the importance of operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) coming together. Yes, it’s the first-ever Smart Manufacturing talent contest! Come together and send in those entries!

Smart Manufacturing Magazine Sponsors Talent Contest

to Inspire OT and IT Culture Convergence

Smart Manufacturing Magazine Sponsors Talent Contest

The editors of SME’s Smart Manufacturing magazine are challenging readers to overcome the cultural divide that still has operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) professionals using different terminology, ranking priorities differently and focusing on different goals—and to sing about it.

When the two sides don’t work together, consequences include duplicated costs, bloated inventory, compromised plant security, and worker injuries. When the two sides finally come together, companies see better safety and security, tighter inventory control, improved quality, better maintenance, reduction in costly incidents and downtime, reduced cycle time to market and increased ability to customize production.

It’s enough to make you want to pick up a guitar. And that’s exactly what Contributing Editor Karen Queen did in our cover story for May. Now, we want readers to belt out the Beatles-inspired lyrics Karen wrote—and win some valuable prizes from SME.

As the latest issue of Smart Manufacturing came together, SME’s media team felt a fun and creative action was necessary to point out just how big the opportunities are in manufacturing when these two camps—OT and IT—get on the same page, said Dave O’Neil, vice president, Advanced Manufacturing Media at SME.

“In this issue, we highlight various industry leaders who truly understand how crucial it is for OT and IT to work together,” he added. “They illustrate how OT and IT can and should work together to eventually save billions of dollars around the world.”

The talent contest, which can be accessed at, begins today. The Advanced Manufacturing Media team will select one winning “band” in July. Up to four winners from the one winning “band” will each receive: $100 Amazon gift card, 10 onlineTooling U-SME classes, and a one-year SME membership.

View the full cover story here.

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