Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Any-to-Any, Many-to-Many. Connecting InTouch ME and much more to Wonderware Online.

Recently my esteemed colleague Lucian Fogoros wrote an excellent blog post on how to connect Wonderware InTouch Machine Edition to Wonderware Online

click it. https://online.wonderware.com

View the blog entry here: http://blog.wonderware.com/2016/03/how-to-establish-connection-between-intouch-machine-edition-wonderware-online.html

The number of "things" that can connect to Wonderware Online is growing every day.

If you've seen or heard any of my recent public presentations, I've been sharing what I hope is a catchy phrase to describe how easy it is to push data and visualize content to and from Wonderware Online.

Ready for that catchy phrase?

"Any-to-Any, Many-to-Many"

Let's break it down with the first part "Any-to-Any":
The first "Any" refers to the fact that nearly any Wonderware product that supports time-series data can be a data source to Wonderware Online.

Specifically:
  • Wonderware InTouch Machine Edition HMI
  • Wonderware InTouch HMI
  • Wonderware Historian (Tier-1, on-premises stand-alone)
  • Wonderware Historian SDK which can be leveraged to support Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Wonderware System Platform via an on-premises Tier-1 Wonderware Historian 

The second "Any" refers to the fact that nearly any client experience or device across any form factor can be used to visualize content from Wonderware Online.

Specifically:
  • Smart watches including Apple Watch, Android Wear compatible devices
  • Mobile Phones such as iPhone, Android
  • Tablets and Phablets (a.k.a, super-sized phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note)
  • Desktop PCs and Laptops via any modern HTML5 browser including Chrome, Safari, Edge, and IE11
  • Large screen displays like a projector screen or HDMI TV (driven by a smart browser, projected mobile devices (e.g., iOS AirPlay or mirroring software), and including Microsoft Xbox One)

Let's break it down with the second part "Many-to-Many":


The first "Many" refers to the number of distinct data source types.

Specifically, you can push data to Wonderware Online from the following types of data sources:
(refer to the list above for explicit examples)
  • Human-to-Machine Interfaces (HMI's) for real-time data acquisition
  • Historians for historical data acquisition
  • CSV files via a Tier-1 on-premises Wonderware Historian and the "fast load" feature
  • Custom data sources via our Historian SDK
  • Direct push/post to our managed, hosted and secure API's
The second "Many" refers to the number of distinct ways that anyone can consume data from Wonderware Online. Just as there are many ways to get data in, there are many ways to get data out.

Specifically:
  • Share your data securely to either:
    • any single named individual via a secure URL
    • any fellow employee in your organization via a secure URL
    • anyone at large via a secure yet public URL
  • Embed your data and partial visualization content from the Wonderware Online portal directly into your own enterprise or corporate portal (e.g., Sharepoint or custom)
  • Download your data into a CSV file for further analysis in Excel or similar tools
  • Share to Mobile by publishing a Wonderware SmartGlance mobile report
  • Save your configured views or content sets in your personal collection for later retrieval
  • Export your data directly from our API's to popular oDATA protocol supporting clients like Microsoft Excel included with Office 365 or Microsoft's Power BI business intelligence tools

There, now you have it - the full glory of "Any-to-Any, Many-to-Many".


Wonderware Online simplified architecture illustrating the"Any-to-Any, Many-to-Many" catch phrase


-Saadi


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