Today almost all of the major control systems suppliers are making massive investments in software. The question is whether these investments will actually allow the control systems vendors to compete against software intensive firms like SAP, Microsoft, Google or Oracle? Digital technology has embedded itself in all aspects of machinery.
Mourning the loss Friday of Greg Wilkinson, supremely capable and enthusiastic business associate through many years at GrowthPoint, Microsoft and Rockwell Automation. The automation marketing community lost one of the good ones. We'll miss you, Greg. Be at peace.
ChemRA. Sounds a bit like a Saturday a.m. kiddie cartoon superhero, but it's not. It's the new initiative from Microsoft to "provide solutions for the chemical and oil refining industries," according to the press release. ChemRA, aka, Chemical Reference Architecture Initiative, Microsoft describes it as "a reference architecture framework that...
According to the Channel Insider blog, Microsoft has released an out-of-band patch (MS10-046) that attempts to repair the .LNK vulnerability that has been used to attack Siemens S7, PCS7 and WinCC-based HMI systems.
After much trepidation and waiting I FINALLY made the leap and migrated to Windows 7 yesterday. Having been warned by others, including the installation instructions from HP (I have an HP laptop purchased a year ago so received a complimentary update in Q4 last year), to back up all my...
The December issue of Control Magazine contained an article http://www.controlglobal.com/articles/2009/ProcessAnalyzersPlay0912.html of interest to automation professionals involved in data integration and as the title of this blog implies, that is Xi (pronounced “X-EYE”) as a new version of OPC.
According to many news channels, including the New York Times, Microsoft has finally reached a deal with Yahoo to provide the search capability from Microsoft's new Bing! support software to Yahoo. This is the best deal Microsoft's Steve Balmer could salvage from his aborted attempt to acquire Yahoo.