Industrial operations are seeing the convergence of two previously separate entities, IT and OT. Smart manufacturing and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are here and this evolution has been well underway for many years. As the technologies have advanced the ability to leverage data analytics from production devices and assets has become a reality. Valuable insight into physical operations allows for real-time informed decision-making. Ultimately, merging enterprise business systems with plant floor control systems helps companies improve efficiency, quality, and safety to reduce costs and gain competitive advantages.