Information technology (IT) is a general term that refers to the acquisition, processing, storage and dissemination of data. In today’s marketplace, information technologies are the lifeblood of most companies; if you don’t keep up, you’ll get left behind. While information technologies have forged forward at rapid speeds, some industries have lagged behind. The manufacturing industry is massive and greatly dependent on information technologies, yet traditional SCADA software for control systems is behind the curve when keeping up with advances in information technology. In a challenging economy can companies really afford to be doing today’s business with yesterday’s technology? Innovations in traditional SCADA software have stagnated for three major reasons: SCADA software is too purpose specific, too tedious to implement, and has a constrictive licensing model. While these problems are blocking the progress of traditional SCADA, enterprising companies that can find ways to overcome them stand to gain a huge advantage over their competitors.
Inductive Automation (2011) 3 Reasons SCADA Software is Going Nowhere