MindSphere, the open cloud-based IoT operating system from Siemens, enables you to monitor and analyze machines worldwide. The secure connection between machines and the cloud is done easily with MindConnect connectivity elements. One of the connectivity elements could be MindConnect Function Blocks which enhance our Siemens S7-1500 PLCs with cloud connectivity. This scenario is being described more detailed in the automation task. As a machine builder and plant operator you can especially benefit from diagnosis and analysis options for your globally distributed machines.