Software for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) has advanced to provide greater capabilities with less programming. What are key traits of SCADA software packages (some may be considered platforms) that make an upgrade worth the investment? Advantages include integration of certain standards; built-in communications and connections to other devices, software and systems; extensive libraries of code; integration with cloud capabilities; easier porting to mobile clients; and analytics. Many have new subscription-based options.

Learning objectives
-Understand how modern SCADA software platforms can serve automation and control applications.
-Review the diversity of features offered in SCADA software platforms.
-Examine key features that provide easier integration with automation, controls, and other software in the organization.