Global Software-defined Automation Growth Opportunities, 2024

Global Software-defined Automation Growth Opportunities, 2024

Internal Challenges in Manufacturing are Driving Paradigm Changes in Industrial Automation

Industrial control and automation have been historically dependent on hardware devices and proprietary, vertically integrated systems. Shifting the centralization of logic and intelligence from hardware into software that can run on any capable device is a key step in improving productivity and flexibility in manufacturing. This shift also addresses common challenges that all manufacturing industries face, such as an aging, skilled workforce and increased demand for product personalization. Manufacturing companies need to adopt best practices from the IT domain to enhance their operations and provide support to automation engineers.

This report analyzes the concept of software-defined automation (SDA) and its relationship with software-defined networking (SDN) and software-defined manufacturing (SDM). It examines the current and anticipated developments in virtual programmable logic controllers (vPLCs) in manufacturing and provides an analysis of the competitive landscape, along with predictions for the future. The report also explores the relationship between SDA and cybersecurity, as well as SDA and AI. The study identifies the factors driving and restraining the growth of SDA solutions and highlights the opportunities emerging from the changes in this space for market players and stakeholders to leverage.

Strategic Imperatives
Why is it Increasingly Difficult to Grow?
The Strategic Imperative 8™
The Impact of the Top 3 Strategic Imperatives on the Software-defined Automation (SDA) Industry
Growth Opportunity Analysis
Virtual Programmable Logic Controllers (vPLCs)
Some Technologies for vPLCs
Growth Drivers
Growth Restraints
Relevant Companies in the SDA Industry
Current State of the Industry
Comparative Analysis of Greenfield and Brownfield Settings for SDA
The Potential of AI
Cybersecurity Implications of SDA
Measurable Benefits
The Future
Growth Opportunity Universe
Growth Opportunity 1: Engage in Dialogue with Process Manufacturing Companies
Growth Opportunity 2: Develop Practical Solutions
Growth Opportunity 3: Consider the Possibility of a Marketplace
List of Exhibits
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