Connecting to “things” in an industrial environment can be difficult. Yet connection is critical to Operations and the ability to make smarter business decisions. In this session, attendees learned about the complexities of the Manufacturing plant floor, including devices, networks, data, and applications. The presentation explored the connectivity challenges resulting from this complex environment. Specifically, the session reviewed the challenges that disparate devices, legacy equipment, high speeds of communication, and large data volumes present. Finally, the introduced Kepware’s KEPServerEX connectivity platform as a solution to these industrial connectivity challenges. Showcasing customer case studies from Faurecia and Maclean Fogg, the session offered real-world problems and solutions. This session was ideal for attendees with a limited understanding of Industrial Control Systems who are seeking more information about Manufacturing Operations.