As you can imagine, Microsoft must be more than mildly interested in displacing UNIX with its Windows NT as the operating system of choice for the plant floor. But it’s a slow process.
Resistance has been in large part due to the involvement of Information Technology (IT) departments. Most UNIX systems run on IBM AS/400s rather than PCs – at this level, the IT group is almost always central.
Also, there’s the entrenchment of large relational databases, like those from Oracle. Microsoft, of course, would like its SQL Server to be the database of choice.
Now, Wonderware, may have found Microsoft a Trojan Horse. Our FactorySuite of Windows-based automation software is the key. It’s an integrated set of tools which provides functionality for: SCADA, PC-based machine and process control, production management, resource tracking, batch management and Internet browsing – plus server tools.
Point is it costs £10,000-12,500! What’s more, it runs on Windows NT 4.0 – and the bundled real time database is Industrial SQL Server – based on SQL Server.
So Microsoft’s dream for plant is getting closer. And at these prices you won’t involve the IT dept – it’s under the IT radar!