The Path to Modernization, Part 1

Extracted from our Modernization seminar, conducted in March 2016 Why Modernize Your Control Systems? Statistically speaking, it is likely that your existing control system is part of the $22 billion in control systems that are nearing the end of their useful lives, most of them more than 20 years old. Taking into account the number…

What is a Partner?

By Guest Blogger Greg Graves After working for a large automation manufacturer for 20+ years, I probably got into the habit of using the word “partner” a little too often. I will admit that it was kind of drilled into me, but after transitioning into a role with a large system integrator, I have learned…

Cyber Security: Everyone’s Job

What isCyber Security? Cybersecurity refers to the technologies and processes designed to protect computers, networks, and data from unauthorized access, vulnerabilities, and attacks delivered via the Internet by cyber criminals and mischief makers. The most common of these attacks come not at the point of firewalls but at the weakest link, employees, and the attacks…

Industrial IT & Networks, Part III

Network security   By guest blogger Chris Roberts This discussion will be about security of your industrial controls network.  This is a constantly changing area of technology as new vulnerabilities are exposed and new hacking techniques are learned.  I will discuss some specific security topics as they relate to Industrial IT. There are many layers used…

Professional Service Agreements

by Guest Blogger Nan Johnson VP Municipal Systems The professional services agreement is a negotiated agreement that provides the municipality with a path to have a qualified systems integrator under contract to provide support for the water/wastewater plant control systems as well as their collection and distribution telemetry systems.  Selection of an integrator may be…

Industrial IT & Networks, Part II

By Guest Blogger, Marc Handley This month we will focus on Network optimization. This is a very broad topic to cover so I will only cover a few of the areas that we see the most concerns with. Network Infrastructure There are many technologies that can offer you optimization in your network, starting with your…