The acquisition of the formerly loyal composite applications partner Lighthammer bolsters SAP's capabilities of connectivity and visibility into manufacturing plant performance. However, it does not, at this stage, provide much added industry-specific shop-floor functionality per se.
Rockwell RSView , Siemens WinCC , Schneider FactoryCast , USData FactoryLink , Citect , and general-purpose open process control (OPC) servers. The product also allows direct connections to Sybase and IBM DB2 databases, which augment the extensive list of connectors already available for Invensys-Wonderware , Intellution , Oil Systems , Aspen Technology , Oracle , Microsoft SQL Server , and open database connectivity (ODBC) data sources. This concludes Part One of a two-part note. Part Two will analyze