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Business Integration: Tools and Techniques for Making Integration Really Work

6 November 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Session Type: Paper

Track: The Connected Enterprise

Paths(s): TechnicianTechnician   ManagementManagement   EngineerEngineer   

In this paper session, industry experts will present a variety of new ideas on practical systems integration in the connected enterprise. The emphasis in this session will be some practical applications and approaches to systems integration with emphasis on a variety of tools and techniques for making integration really work.


Enterprise Integration - Nothing New under the Sun

Ralph Lawley, Maverick Technologies


"Enterprise Integration - There is Nothing New under the Sun". What in the world could this mean? Considering the concept of Enterprise Integration has gone though rapid improvement in its short history, how can anyone say there is nothing new? It depends upon your perspective. One perspective reveals an impressive evolution of Enterprise Integration. For example, our systems have extended their reach to provide visibility to and interaction with the supply chain. The volume of available data has grown exponentially and involves all levels of the enterprise, including the extended enterprise. The infrastructure has improved dramatically in functionality, reliability and performance. And the explosion of mobile technology and the emergence of cloud computing is providing innovative new vehicles of data access that empowers the workforce. 
That being said, another perspective reveals many of the same old fundamental stumbling blocks, issues and challenges that impede total success, albeit in a new package. An examination of these elements will hopefully provide some insight into overcoming these "opportunities".

Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence

Marlene Eeg, Northwest Analytics


<em>Finally … A Way to Integrate Your Enterprise and Operations System Data from Independent Source Databases to Deliver "Real-Time”, Intelligent Information to Users Who Can Take the Right Action and Drive Process Improvements!</em>

As more Manufacturing, Operation and Business/ERP systems are collecting/storing large amounts of data; many companies are still constricted to using the data from within their individual source database. This creates difficulty in being able to aggregate related process, operational, and transactional data to perform the right analysis to make better and timelier decisions. Having analytic visibility to manufacturing data no longer NEEDS to stay in silo environments, and you no longer need to re-enter source data into another system to perform your reporting and analysis. Rather, it is now possible to easily aggregate data from multiple, standard databases, produce real time visualization with comprehensive analysis and reporting capabilities that is delivered in the right context for your individual users … from operators to managers across the Enterprise. This session will discuss the best implementation techniques being used for integration to achieve quantifiable process improvement. 
If you have multiple databases, wish to learn how this aggregation of Enterprise/Operations data is possible, and want to have visibility to the critical information you need to catch problems as they occur, this session is for you! This session is not about using electronic ‘dashboards' for simple domain-specific visualization, but will offer a detailed discussion on Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) Technology, and examples of how companies are able to use real-time analytics, leverage a Knowledgebase of best practices, and use new tools for analysis and asynchronous collaboration to make actionable decisions and solve issues quickly and more effectively. 

Why You Should Ask for OPC UA!

Paul Hunkar, DS Interoperability Read Bio

Paul Hunkar is president of DS Interoperability, independent consulting firm, specializing in design and development of software systems.  He has extensive knowledge OPC, especially related to the Unified Architecture (UA) standard.  He has been running DS Interopability for 3 years, his client list includes Yokogawa, ABB, Unified Automation, Rovosys and the OPC Foundation.    He is an active participant of the OPC Foundation UA working group. He is an editor of multiple section of the OPC UA standard. He is Chairman of the OPC UA ISA-95 Companion working group.  He is a member of OPC Technical Advisory Council (TAC).  He was the Director of Certification for the OPC Foundation, the chair of the OPC Foundation Compliance Working Group and He had previously worked for ABB in the Process Automation Division, for more than 25 years in a variety of engineering roles including designing, constructing and managing development of advanced control application, operator interface systems, historical systems and investigating new technologies for Corporate Research.


With millions of deployments of OPC around the world, it is the de facto communications standard for the industrial community.  Most of the deployments use what is now called OPC Classic which is a DCOM based protocol that was created in the 1990’s.  With today's 21st century IT and cyber-security requirements a more modern communication tools is required by industry, and the OPC Foundation’s Unified Architecture (UA) is just this - an industrialized, web services based, communication protocol. 

This presentation will cover the differences between DCOM and web services based OPC protocols and focus on why owner/operators may want to require OPC UA for new automation projects and plan to upgrade their existing OPC Classic implementations to the new web services based UA implementation.