The demand for smart and intuitive HMI solutions is pushing research and development (R&D) costs higher, therefore affecting profit margins. This trend is mainly a result of the highly competitive nature of the HMI market. Wonderware's focus on developing innovative HMI software solutions has enabled the company to sustain its market position within the South African HMI market.
Based on its recent analysis of the Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) market, Frost & Sullivan recognises Wonderware Southern Africa with the 2010 South Africa Frost & Sullivan Market Share Leadership Award.
"A collaborative and open approach encourages customer involvement in the evolution of the company's product offerings," notes Frost & Sullivan’s Automation and Electronics Research Analyst, Charles Shonayi,"Such initiatives have allowed Wonderware to develop innovations such as extended connectivity, project management, asset management, and additional functionality for its HMI software products."
Several end-user companies have reported that these new innovations have helped them to optimise plant operations and have also led to a quick realisation of return on investment (ROI).
"The success of Wonderware is accredited to the company’s ability to anticipate and offer innovative products that appeal to the changing needs and preferences of key end user industries such as mining and metals, power generation, and food and beverages," remarks Shonayi,"As a business unit of Invensys, Wonderware has been able to continually introduce new software packages that enable the Wonderware System Platform and InTouch HMI solutions to be integrated with solutions from a wide range of vendors using a single, unified platform."
Such product differentiation has enhanced Wonderware's brand strength and is set to sustain the company's revenue growth objectives in 2011 and beyond.
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About Wonderware Southern Africa
Wonderware is the market leading software solutions and ecosystem brand for real-time operations management software and associated ecosystem partners providing solutions for: Supervisory HMI, GeoSCADA, Mobile Operations, Production Management, MES, Performance Management, EMI, and integration with asset management, supply and demand chain and ERP applications. Wonderware is a brand offering of the Operations Management Division of Invensys. Invensys Operations Management is a leading provider of automation and information technologies, systems, software solutions, services and consulting to global manufacturing and infrastructure industries. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, its solutions are used by more than 40,000 clients around the world in over 200,000 plants and facilities. Invensys Operations Management solutions include control and measurement instrumentation, safety critical and distributed control systems, a wide range of real-time operations management software and professional services that help its clients design, operate and manage the safety, efficiency, productivity, sustainability and profitability of their assets and operations.
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