There are as many ways the modern manufacturer can benefit from cloud computing empowered by software-as-a-service (SaaS) as there are clouds on a rainy day.
In their ROKLive 2022 presentation, “Cloud-based Software as a Service: The Future of Industrial Automation is Here,” presenters Leo Kilfoy, director SaaS & digital design, Rockwell Automation, and Oliver Haya, commercial product manager, Rockwell Automation, spotlighted just six of those ways.
But first, they explained how SaaS compares to existing, more traditional software solutions. While embedded software runs on specific automation hardware, local computing is performed on laptops or workstations, and the on-prem approach happens within servers located in the building, the SaaS applications run in regional data centers, purchased on a subscription model that covers maintenance costs, and shifts responsibilities for software upkeep from the user to the provider.
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