Industrial systems integrator, Boulting Technology, has announced a new alliance with NETbuilder, a provider of software and IT consulting services. The alliance will enable Boulting to provide UK clients across manufacturing, process and other industries with a full suite of end-to-end digitalisation services.
Boulting Technology, which has partnerships with leading industrial vendors including Siemens, Rockwell, ABB and Mitsubishi, has enjoyed a long working relationship with NETbuilder for fifteen years. NETbuilder’s partnerships include Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Adobe, VMware, Veeam and other leading vendors. The evolution to a formal alliance is a natural progression for the two companies, which work towards the same goal of secure, integrated digitalisation in industrial environments across a variety of sectors.
The alliance will offer customers a seamless solution by marrying information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT), which are traditionally managed separately. With investments in Industry 4.0 capabilities expected to reach 5% of annual revenue by 2020, the management of IT/OT convergence will be imperative to ensure quality and secure data storage and usage.
Boulting Technology, which continues to assist its clients in taking advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), understands the need for small and medium businesses to be able to purchase a complete, reliable, expert service.
“The UK Government’s Made Smarter review revealed that the UK is behind most developed countries in overall manufacturing productivity, partly due to lower levels of adoption of digital and automation technology,” explained Ian Oliver, managing director of Boulting Technology.
“The report speculated that this is partly due to a confusing landscape of business support and significant barriers to industrial digital technologies (IDT). Partnerships and alliances such as ours will allow more businesses to take advantage of these benefits, including increased productivity.
“Our partnership with NETbuilder allows us to enhance our current offering and evolve to meet market needs.The new services that we will provide will greatly benefit customers looking to implement digitalisation techniques, taking advantage of the IIoT to improve efficiency and profitability.”
“Industrial networks have traditionally been isolated,” added Dan Gregg, director of NETbuilder. “This collaboration with Boulting Technology will allow us to help bring clients up to date with cloud and digital technologies.
“The technology used within industrial plants is quite different to the type of network most IT companies are used to working on, so experience of working on similar networks is essential. Although we have worked together on industrial projects for many years, the combination of NETbuilder and Boulting Technology’s experience will be extremely beneficial to our customers across the board.”