For our upcoming report on Asset Integrity Management, we interviewed several leading participants in the space. During our discussions, one leading trend that came up in nearly all conversations is digitalization. The term digitalization, seems self-explanatory, right? Well, I thought so too. However, confusion cropped up when I was reviewing all my interview notes. Some of my interview notes said digitalization while others used the term digitization. This made me wonder, if the interviewees meant the same thing when they mentioned the terms digitalization and digitization.
Good thing is, in today’s world, one does not need to find a dictionary or rush to a library to resolve such confusions. I googled the term digitalization and opened up my most trusted resource of definitions and meanings, Merriam-Webster site. Here is the definition, I found there:
So, which one is correct?
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Inderpreet is a member of both the field device research and the Asset Performance Management (APM) teams at ARC
Inderpreets focus areas include field systems (flow, pressure, temperature, gas detection, emission monitoring). She is also a part of the Asset Performance Management (APM) team focusing on plant level asset management technologies and services.