Keeping the Conversation Going
Powerful digital technologies and information solutions are transforming the industrial landscape, but while major corporations continue their march toward digital transformation at an impressive pace, smaller companies often feel lost in the shuffle.
“Most of our customers are small or mid-sized companies that immediately shut down the conversation when we mention information solutions,” said Marcia Pohl, Business Development Leader at Horizon Solutions. “They value new digital technology, but they think these initiatives are simply beyond their reach financially.”
Horizon Solutions, a Rexel company and Rockwell Automation Distributor Partner, is determined to change that mindset.
“Our Business Intelligence Solution-in-a-Box keeps the digital conversation going,” Pohl said. “It is designed to give companies a cost-effective way to think big, start small – and scale fast.”
How It Works
To develop the new offering, Horizon Solutions relied on its 100-year history of collaboration with Rockwell Automation and other companies participating in the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™ program.
“We were very familiar with the available technology,” said Jim Bischoff, Director of Automation at Horizon Solutions. “We identified best-in-class products, but we knew our customers would struggle to implement an integrated solution on their own.”
Put simply, the Business Intelligence Solution-in-a-Box bundles software and hardware to jumpstart data collection, intelligence gathering, and reporting. The solution features:
- Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk® Historian
- Ocean Data Systems Dream Report
- Stratus Technologies ztC Edge Platform
The plug-and-play system starts small – tracking data and reports generated from 250 FactoryTalk Historian tags. The edge appliance delivers the computing power for analytics and is installed in the control panel. Both the number of tags and generated reports can be scaled as needed.