This week, I attended the 2019 ARC Forum in Orlando, Florida, one of the leading thought leadership events in North America for analysts. The theme of this year’s Forum was ‘Driving Digital Transformation in Industry and Cities’ and it was interesting to see and hear how leaders from across the industrial and technology sectors are wrestling with transformation. Specifically, how they are working through similar challenges, regardless of vertical or digital maturity. The key takeaway: digital transformation is complex.
Certainly, this is true for the HMI/SCADA domain, which has evolved significantly in terms of power and sophistication, but not overnight. It’s happened over the course of 40 years, progressing from the inflexible proprietary systems of the 1980s and the LAN-based, I/O-centric systems of the 1990s to the network-based, equipment-centric systems of the 2000s. But transformation is never really “done” and in our world, anticipating what customers and markets will need next is part of the challenge.
Today, there are 20,000 industrial organizations around the world that rely on GE Digital’s HMI/SCADA software for plant-wide connectivity, visibility, and control—benefitting users across all industries. That’s a lot of opportunity for transformation, and our HMI/SCADA solutions like iFIX and CIMPLICITY continue to play a critical part in the transformative value we bring to customers.