Microsoft's Ending Support for Windows XP Drives Growth
The global HMI/SCADA (Human Machine Interface/Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition) software and services market is experiencing good growth and evolutionary changes. The evolving HMI software market is part of a set of software applications that address collaborative manufacturing, manufacturing visibility/intelligence, and production and process optimization. Users and OEMs are deploying more mobility solutions for a variety of mobile devices, such as tablets and smart phones; performing remote monitoring, and bringing in more data.
There are changes in the way the leading edge of users are deploying HMI software, including smarter HMI design, broader use of HMI visualization to improve different categories of business decisions, and distributing real-time data to all levels of the manufacturing organization through workflow and other complementary technologies. Today, many end users and OEMs want more than what the traditional HMI software has provided in the past.
Support for Microsoft’s Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014, after which there will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. While Microsoft has been warning customers about the deadline for years, the end users and OEMs have been slow to react. This creates a major opportunity for HMI software and services suppliers.
Migrating to a new HMI software package based on a current supported operating system, such as Microsoft Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, ensures that users will receive security updates to protect their plants and machines. HMI software and services suppliers should offer migration strategies to their latest packages based on a modern operating system, as a Windows 8.1 or 7.
Today, HMI software helps to speed the process of turning plant data into actionable information in a time frame that enables a positive impact on operations and measurable impact on the bottom line.
The term “enterprise manufacturing intelligence” or ”EMI” refers to the technology and practices available to tap into the vast amount of data being collected in today’s manufacturing plants and other industrial facilities. EMI solutions aggregate, contextualize and expose these data as intelligent information with analytics, dashboards, and other visualization tools, such as HMI software. This study addresses the many key questions about the HMI software and services global market, such as:
- What is the HMI software installed base and how does that affect the type of strategies that HMI software suppliers need to develop to be successful?
- Who are the HMI software market share leaders based on vertical industries, sales channels, and customer types?
- Who are some of the rising stars of the HMI software suppliers and what are their unique value propositions?
- Which industries and OEM machinery applications are growing the fastest, and will benefit the HMI software suppliers the most to develop vertical solutions?