Which new technologies have most influenced the role of the system integrator?
Is there anything that has not been affected by the advent of the Internet? It is evident that the system integrators called to answer our question recognize the Internet as a pre-eminent role in their work. The Internet is considered to all effects the technology that has most influenced the integration of the systems. The most important changes are:
Databases are today the most widespread type of database in the world, to store all kinds of data useful for industries. Databases are usually of a relational type, structured as a spreadsheet with rows, columns and cells accessed by multiple users simultaneously and by the higher functions. The databases recognize simplicity, ease of connection and flexibility:
Smartphones and mobile devices are spreading with incredible speed: just walk down the street or enter the restaurant to see how many people are holding and using a smartphone.
People use them all the time, and now they are used to having everything they need literally close at hand. This need for immediate access to data has certainly not gone unnoticed by industrial automation operators. Today needs are:
To be able to access data anywhere;
Dynamic Data Presentation.
Usually the software is installed on one machine and only works on it, but the server-based applications work in another way: they are installed on servers and run on any machine connected to the server, without necessarily requiring the installation of the software locally.
Server-based applications have changed the installation of SCADAs and contributed to the dissemination of their use; being SCADA one of the most used solutions by system integrators it is easy to understand how this technology has made the difference in the work of the latter:
No need for installation;