Choosing the right process data management platform is likely to be linked with your choice of partner, so before finalizing your decision, consider the following platform checklist:
Does it allow the integration of third-party applications – and support the additional functionality that these bring to your digital environment? Can it be configured hierarchically – i.e. at a control system, site and enterprise level - saving time and implementation costs as the platform expands?
Does it support a range of open interfaces and application programming interfaces (APIs) for streaming and pulling data, such as REST API, .Net SDK, ODATA, ODBC, OPC UA, OPC DA? This is important when it comes to making the data available for new use cases, as they emerge.
Does it support data streaming in real time – both between levels, and to and from the Cloud? An application may be able to calculate the optimal set values for a process, but if it cannot communicate those values to the process, it becomes but an interesting experiment with no useful outcome.