Digitalization: Moving from Step Change to Transformation in Power Generation

You've no doubt seen or heard a lot of discussion these days about the terms "digitization" and "digitalization," as well as some disagreement as to the difference between the two. Digitization seems to be the easier to define - basically taking an analog "thing" like a paper diagram or material safety data sheet (MSDS) and scanning it to make it digital. But, digitalization encompasses so much more than simply scanning paper documents.

Leading industry research firm Gartner, defines digitalization in its IT Glossary as "the use of digital technologies to change a business model and provide new revenue and value-producing opportunities; it is the process of moving to a digital business. This description truly captures the essence of what digitalization is and why it is so important to the power generation industry - and so challenging.

It is one thing to scan a paper work order so that it can be transferred electronically. It is another proposition entirely to redefine workflows, plant- or fleet-wide processes, or entire business models because you have the ability to share critical information in a digital format. That is exactly the possibility that digitalization brings to the table.

This article digs deep into exactly how digitalization can fulfill critical needs in power plants today, as well as drive the evolution of plant operations into the future.


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