This IDC Perspective discusses supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems that have operated relatively unchanged during the decades they have been used as a key tool to help manage and control operational processes in manufacturing, utilities, and oil and gas. While some of the technical underpinnings have changed with technological advancements, they have been one of the most stable technology platforms around. With cloud, IoT, and edge computing, SCADA systems are on the verge of a transformation that parallels the transformation of the larger organization.
"SCADA has long been the domain of a select group of engineers and operational technical staff," says Kevin Prouty, group VP of IDC's Manufacturing and Energy Insights. "But digital transformation and the need to manage the data coming out of operations, as well as transformative technologies like cloud and IoT are driving companies to look at the data SCADA provides access to as being as valuable as the control it provides operations."
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