Many projects get taken up, to integrate various legacy systems with new technologies. How much efforts get consumed in such projects and how many such projects end well. Even if such integrations are made to stand up on two legs with multiple patches and customizations, how long would be the lifecycle of such hybrid systems. Such topics hardly get coverage in automation news.
I can name a few Internet of Everything (IoE) Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) Internet of Bio-Nano Things (IoBNT) Internet of Vehicles (IoV) Internet of Services (IoS) what are the others that are already out there.
There is always data prior to installation of a new system. It could be available in the form of simple spreadsheets or stored in some other erp database in some form. How this history data could be fed and integrated once a new asset management system goes live.