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How’d You Get Here with Colby Clegg - A Professional Journey

Colby Clegg joins Arnell J. Ignacio to talk about his professional journey at Inductive Automation. In this discussion, they explore Colby’s experiences from the early days all the way to his current role as CEO. Colby also shares insight about what it is like to work at Inductive Automation, what makes IA such a unique place, his journey to becoming CEO, and much more. We also get a peak into Colby’s interests and what he envisions for the future.

43 min episode

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How’d You Get Here? with Colby Clegg: A Professional Journey

Colby Clegg joins Arnell J. Ignacio to talk about his professional journey at Inductive Automation. In this discussion, they explore Colby’s experiences from the early days all the way to his current role as CEO. Colby also shares insight about what it is like to work at Inductive Automation, what makes IA such a unique place, his journey to becoming CEO, and much more. We also get a peak into Colby’s interests and what he envisions for the future.

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How Ignition Eases SCADA Pain Points

Although SCADA systems are the backbone of modern manufacturing, they are not immune to pain points. While new difficulties have arisen with the need for enterprise-wide Digital Transformation and implementation of IIoT-enabled technologies, many of the issues afflicting integrators and end users have persisted for years.

43 min video

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Ignition Community Live: What to Expect at ICC X

This year’s Ignition Community Conference (ICC) is right around the corner! Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at ICC X that will help you to truly make the most of it, whether you plan to attend virtually or in person.

45 min video

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The Forces Behind the Digital Transformation

Jeff Winter from Microsoft joins Don Pearson for an interesting discussion on the forces that drive Digital Transformation. They will dive in and discuss the forces of consumer demand and government investment into manufacturing. Jeff and Don will also talk about the power of innovation, the ongoing impact of artificial intelligence, and how to harness the never ending stream of data. You may access the video version of the podcast here.

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podcast Manufacturing

The Forces Behind the Digital Transformation

Jeff Winter from Microsoft joins Don Pearson for an interesting discussion on the forces that drive Digital Transformation. They will dive in and discuss the forces of consumer demand and government investment into manufacturing. Jeff and Don will also talk about the power of innovation, the ongoing impact of artificial intelligence, and how to harness the never ending stream of data. You may access the video version of the podcast here.

43 min episode

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New Ignition Features In Action

Ignition 8.1 was released in late 2020, bringing many exciting new features like Perspective Workstation, Perspective Symbols, Power Chart, and plenty more. Ignition 8.2 will still be in the works for a while, but that doesn't mean that you have to wait long for new features and improvements. The Ignition software development team puts out “release train” updates nearly every month, and each one comes loaded with significant features that are based on user requests.

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Ignition Community Live: Ask a Sales Engineer

The Ignition community always asks outstanding questions about industrial automation, software, and technology. For our second installment of “Ask A Sales Engineer,” Co-Director of Sales Engineering Travis Cox will answer attendees’ questions, whether about SCADA, HMI, IIoT, digital transformation, machine learning, Ignition, or beyond! With such a wide range of important topics, missing this webinar is out of the question.

55 min video

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Solving Data Problems to Accelerate Digital Transformation

One of the biggest Digital Transformation challenges companies face is how to make the most of their data. Problems like stranded data, lengthy setup times for systems, and difficulties bringing IT and OT data together inhibit an organization’s ability to gather insights. Without these insights to fuel the decision-making process, many companies end up stalled on their Digital Transformation journey.

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The People Behind Digital Transformation

IA’s very own Don Pearson sits down with Arnell J. Ignacio to explore the people-driven aspect of Digital Transformation. They discuss how Digital Transformation is more than just implementing technology and why motivated professionals are so important to its success. Don and Arnell also talk about the Digital Transformation effect on company culture, the processes people adopt, challenges people face, the business implications, and the business value.

33 min episode

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The People Behind Digital Transformation

IA’s very own Don Pearson sits down with Arnell J. Ignacio to explore the people-driven aspect of Digital Transformation. They discuss how Digital Transformation is more than just implementing technology and why motivated professionals are so important to its success. Don and Arnell also talk about the Digital Transformation effect on company culture, the processes people adopt, challenges people face, the business implications, and the business value.

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article Industry Article

What is Digital Transformation?

Digital Transformation is not just a buzzword or a passing fad businesses can afford to ignore. It’s the evolution of business.

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Ignition Community Live: Behind the Scenes of IntegrateLive!

You already know Inductive Automation helps build great SCADA solutions and information platforms ... but did you know they have also helped build an incredible friendship resulting in a new community that is uniting industrial automation changemakers from around the world? Learn more about this exciting new project as we are joined by Allen Ray (head of the Ignition Cross-Industry Collective) and Jeff Knepper (Canary Labs) for what is sure to be an entertaining episode where we look behind the scenes at what it takes to build a service-oriented community.

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Security Best Practices for Your Ignition System

Cybersecurity is a moving target. The techniques and technologies of yesteryear won’t necessarily protect your system in this highly interconnected era of IIoT-enabled systems. As attacks on industrial control systems become increasingly commonplace, it’s more vital than ever to stay up to date on the latest in security best practices to mitigate risk and maintain peace of mind.

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Variety of Connections, Unlimited Licensing Aid Cancer Therapy

Autolus Therapeutics is working hard to deliver life-changing benefits to cancer patients.

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Ignition Community Live: OEE Accelerator Built with Ignition Perspective

Understanding how your manufacturing systems and assets are performing is one of the first steps to real-time operational insights, identifying opportunities for improvement, and intelligent Smart Manufacturing initiatives. Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is the essential, industry-standard metric for capturing asset utilization and efficiency.

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podcast Food and Beverage

Context is the Key to Unlocking Data

Daniel Voit and Keith Weerts of Blentech join Paul Scott to discuss the importance of context when it comes to data. They dive into how Daniel and Keith started on this path to unlocking the power of food production data, how Ignition played a crucial role in their development, and how companies can fully utilize their equipment in a short amount of time.

45 min episode

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Context is the Key to Unlocking Data

Daniel Voit and Keith Weerts of Blentech join Paul Scott to discuss the importance of context when it comes to data. They dive into how Daniel and Keith started on this path to unlocking the power of food production data, how Ignition played a crucial role in their development, and how companies can fully utilize their equipment in a short amount of time.

66 min video

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Turn Any Panel PC Into an Ignition HMI

The traditional human-machine interface (HMI) is a hardware-and-software solution used to view and track data in all kinds of industrial settings. Lately, supply-chain problems have led to long wait times when ordering traditional HMIs. But don't worry: It’s easy to turn any panel PC into an Ignition HMI solution, and in this webinar we'll show you how!

55 min video

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podcast Manufacturing

The Business Value of Digital Transformation

Remus Pop from Riveron chats with Don Pearson about the meaning of Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0, and IIoT and the business value of the technologies developed for these initiatives. They further discuss the challenges and obstacles of implementation, how companies are handling global disruptions, and the outlook of our industry and the agents of change leading the charge.

34 min episode

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5 Mobile-Responsive Layout Strategies

In our smartphone-dominated world, developers need to make HMI screens and applications that will look great on small, medium, and large devices. Are you familiar with the mobile-responsive layout strategies that make this possible?

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Ignition Community Live: Practical Ways to Use Ignition to Achieve Digital Transformation

The phrase "Digital Transformation" is taking the world by storm — but is there substance behind the hype? In this presentation, executives from 4IR will describe current trends in manufacturing digital transformation and show how these initiatives deviate from technology adoption cycles of the past. We will close with a technical showcase of specific, practical examples of Ignition techniques you can use today in support of digital transformation initiatives.

35 min video

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Bringing Digital Transformation Into Focus

Today it seems like every company is embarking on a journey of Digital Transformation. While this is a necessary shift, only those companies that see the big picture will succeed at it, which means looking at not only the technological aspect of Digital Transformation but its wider impact on processes, people, and programs.

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Ignition Community Live: Ignition Platform Demo

In this Ignition demo, Inductive Automation’s Travis Cox shows the range of capabilities Ignition has, and how it’s the SCADA software of the future.

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Integrators Explore the Road Ahead

After navigating many unforeseen challenges in 2020 and 2021, how should system integrators move forward in 2022? The answer will be different for every integrator, which is why we’ve gathered a group of experienced integration professionals who work in a variety of areas and industries to talk about what lies ahead.

62 min video

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article White Paper

Must-Have SCADA Features for the Modern Era

In today’s environment, there is no doubt that SCADA is essential. However, before adopting or upgrading SCADA, there are certain features that must be considered to guarantee that a new system is powerful and flexible enough to excel in the modern era.

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Sustainable SCADA for Your Water Utility

Sales Engineering Manager Kent Melville explains how to build budget-friendly water SCADA systems with five small steps for sustainable SCADA.

46 min video

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case study Manufacturing

Two Companies Assist University with Engineering Education

For engineering students, experience with real-world tools can be very beneficial.

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Improved Efficiency and Reporting for Large Manufacturer

Atlas Copco is a global company based in Stockholm, Sweden, with 40,000 employees worldwide.

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icc | 2021 Keynote  |  Building Automation

Keynote: Smarter. Faster. Stronger.

At ICC 2019, we discussed the limitless possibilities of Ignition. Last year we envisioned the bright future of innovation in store for the Ignition community. Now, at ICC 2021, as the industrial world changes, the community continues to evolve to create smarter, faster, and stronger solutions than ever before. Join the leaders of Inductive Automation as they discuss the growth of the company and the community over the last year. In this year’s keynote, we’ll celebrate the community’s innovation by looking at the fantastic success they are achieving using the Ignition platform to evolve the industry for the better.

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Top 10 Design & Security Tips to Elevate Your SCADA System

Inductive Automation explains why It's more important than ever to embrace modern technology and security standards through collaboration with IT and OT.

61 min video

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Ignition Community Live: Marketing Design Tips for Integrators

Graphic designers from Inductive Automation offer design tips for integrators to create powerful marketing pieces using the skills they already have.

40 min video

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icc | 2021 Build-a-Thon  |  Aerospace

Ignition Build-A-Thon: Vertech vs. Flexware

Travis, Kevin, and Kent are back for an all-new and evolved Build-a-Thon! This time, instead of keeping the glory all for themselves, Travis and Kevin will each be coaching a new competitor from two of the top integration companies in the Ignition community, Vertech and Flexware, to compete for the Build-a-Thon belt. Join us at this year’s jam-packed, live-streamed competition for bigger fun, bigger laughs, and bigger builds as the competitors build “next-gen” versions of an HMI and dashboard, using their own newly developed Ignition Exchange resource.

74 min video

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icc | 2021 Panel  |  Aerospace

Integrator Panel: Which New Technologies are Fads or the Future

During this panel discussion, you'll hear the leaders of some of the Ignition community's most successful integration companies discuss new technologies and innovations that are evolving the industry. Ideas and terms like IIoT and the cloud once seemed foreign but are now increasingly commonplace within the industrial sphere. What new trends and innovations will prove to be more than just buzzwords, but actual mainstays key to a company’s future success? How are automation professionals responding to these technologies? Hear our expert integrator panel answer these and other questions as they discuss what actually adds value within the industry and what's just hype in this fascinating panel discussion.

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icc | 2021 Panel  |  Building Automation

ICC 2021 Developer Panel

What’s coming up for Ignition? What new features and fixes do the developers have planned for the next year? Join us for this year’s all-new, live-streamed Developer Panel featuring Inductive Automation’s VP of Technology, Colby Clegg, and Director of Software Engineering, Carl Gould, as they tackle your questions and give insight into what’s in store for the Ignition Platform.

61 min video

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icc | 2021 Panel  |  Food and Beverage

Industry Panel: Enterprise Evolution - Successes and Challenges of Digital Transformation

Shifting away from manual data processes through digital transformation has proven to be critical for a company’s stability, security, and growth, but it’s also easier said than done. Join thought leaders and experts from various automation verticals as they discuss the challenges and benefits of digital transformation at the enterprise level, share their personal experiences, and answer your questions about digital transformation.

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icc | 2021 Community Session  |  Automotive

Creating Perspective Graphics Using Inkscape

This session will offer a quick introduction to the Inkscape vector design program and a hands-on demonstration of how to use Inkscape to create SVG files, import them into Perspective, and animate them in Ignition.

31 min video

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icc | 2021 Community Session  |  Construction Materials

How to Develop a Low-Cost, Open Source Machine Learning Solution Using Ignition

The benefits of applying machine learning in complex industrial systems can be immense, and Enuda has found an open-source approach using Ignition that can give the benefits of ML at a low cost. In this session, you'll learn how they did it by exploring their considerations, testing (and failures), as well as why they decided on using a combination of Docker, Flask framework, and Ignition to create their solution. The session will include an example using the chosen environment for a practical case, and advice on how to get started with machine learning and Ignition.

30 min video

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The Art of Displaying Industrial Data

There is a huge amount of data out there and a great deal of power and insight that we can gain from it — if we can just bring it all into focus and make it more manageable. Many industrial organizations are accomplishing this by building sophisticated HMI, SCADA, and MES projects with the Ignition Perspective Module.

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webinar Food and Beverage

Ignition Community Live: Flexibility, Scalability, and Mobility for Clover South Africa

Leading South African branded foods and beverages group Clover Industries adopted Ignition to meet crucial system technology requirements. In this discussion, Francois and Deon from Clover share their needs, architecture overview, and multi-site implementation approach, including new standards and templates and the coordination of several system integrator partners. We'll also talk through the valuable lessons learned and challenges overcome during implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

58 min video

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Creating Opportunities with Ignition Worldwide

Inductive Automation’s very own Annie Wise joins us to discuss the benefits, successes, and importance of our international distributor program. We hear about how the program got off the ground, the story of our first distributor, what territories currently have partners, and how the program has grown over the years. Annie shares what qualities we look for when partnering with new distributors and tells us about the new international track at the 2021 Ignition Community Conference.

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Improving Sustainability in Waste Management

David Hostetter from SCS Engineers and Dennis Siegel from Waste Management join us today to talk about the unique processes and challenges within the waste management industry, from residential to the engineering and life cycles of landfills. We discuss how operational improvements are being made in this essential service and its environmental footprint. They dive into the 24/7 maintenance and monitoring of landfills, adjusting to changing conditions in real-time, reducing cost, generating renewable energy, improving the health and safety of operators, and being proactive in a changing world. We also hear about an Ignition-based solution called Connected Landfills that is improving connectivity, mobility, and visualization by using data science to facilitate better decisions.

36 min episode

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Ignition Community Live: Women in Automation Today

Despite many recent technological innovations, certain aspects of the manufacturing industry are slow to change. Case in point: Women are still underrepresented in manufacturing. What kinds of obstacles do women face as they pursue a career in this field? How can industrial organizations be more effective in recruiting, retaining, and promoting women? What will tomorrow’s manufacturing landscape look like? Don’t miss this Ignition Community Live webinar, where an all-female panel of experienced automation professionals will discuss these and other important questions that everyone in our field needs to think about.

58 min video

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article Guide

Ignition Server Sizing and Architecture Guide

This guide is intended to provide some tips to help you determine the correct architecture depending on your requirements. It is important to note that any architecture that you come up with needs to be fully tested and verified. Throughout that process you can observe the performance characteristics of the server in order to make any necessary adjustments to the architecture. There is no guarantee on performance since it is based on your design choices.

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Ignition Community Live: Maker Project Show & Tell

In this showcase, people share the fun, non-commercial projects they’ve created with the ultimate SCADA for makers: Ignition Maker Edition.

45 min video

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Three Companies Aid Engineering Education

In many ways, today’s engineering students are our future. They’ll be key players in keeping our industries running for the next few decades.

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case study Food and Beverage

SCADA and MES Connect with SAP in New Plant

AriZona Beverages implemented a system based on Ignition and Sepasoft MES for its SCADA integration with SAP. Learn more in this Ignition SCADA case study.

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Historic Opportunities: Discover the Power of Ignition's Historian

The ability to store and query historical data easily and efficiently is vital to digital transformation. The Ignition Tag Historian Module has long provided a superb solution for this need and recent improvements have broadened the scope of what it can do. Is your organization harnessing the full power of historical data for a successful future?

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Ignition Community Live: Feed the Need for Leads

Some of the top marketing minds in the Ignition community offer best practices for lead generation in this presentation combining live discussion and video.

59 min video

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Ignition Community Live with Kevin McClusky

Inductive Automation’s Co-Director of Sales Engineering, Kevin McClusky, answers questions live about SCADA, HMI, IIoT, and more.

62 min video

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Turning Enterprise Data Into Decisions More Quickly

Is inefficient data management standing in the way of your company’s IIoT or Digital Transformation objectives? As companies struggle with making their data more useful, many are adopting a methodology known as DataOps. The good news is that DataOps can help you collect, deliver, and leverage data faster and with greater accuracy — and with Ignition’s unlimited industrial application platform and its support of the powerful MQTT protocol, implementation could be easier than you think.

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Unlocking Greater Efficiency: The Why and How of OEE Implementation

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a metric that has helped many industrial organizations achieve real manufacturing gains and significantly increase profits. OEE has been proven to work but that doesn’t mean that simply calculating your organization’s OEE number or installing OEE software will cause the results you want to materialize. Ultimately it’s not just OEE data that makes a difference — it’s what you do with it.

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Ignition Community Live with Inductive Automation's Dev Team

Inductive Automation’s dev team discusses Docker, the leading containerization solution, and how to use Ignition with it.

56 min video

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6 Platform Benefits That Maximize Your ROI

Inductive Automation presents how open platforms provide a stronger foundation to maximize automation savings and ROI than proprietary products ever could.

53 min video

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Ignition Community Live with Vannessa G.

Inductive Automation’s Senior Account Executive, Vannessa Garcia, offers expert sales tips on how to pitch Ignition effectively.

35 min video

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Leveraging Ignition Quick Start to Rapidly Build Real Projects

Development is rarely an easy process, and getting started is often one of the hardest things about it. What if there was a way to get your next screen or application off the ground more quickly?

61 min video

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The Universal Industrial Application Platform

Ignition is the world’s first truly universal industrial application platform because it empowers you to connect all of the data across your entire enterprise, rapidly develop any type of industrial automation system, and scale your system in any way, without limits. See the amazing features that make Ignition the first and only universal Industrial Application Platform.

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Ignition Community Live with Otorio

Operational Resilience Management (ORM) is a holistic approach to industrial cybersecurity - from the identification of potential risks through evaluating their possible impact, to implementing mitigation controls. Incorporating digital and physical risks, ORM better ensures operational resilience and business continuity.

28 min video

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Design Like a Pro: Developing & Deploying Perspective Applications as HMIs

Since its release in 2019, Ignition Perspective®️ has enabled users to quickly design first-rate, mobile-responsive industrial applications and launch them on mobile devices and web browsers. Now, the new Perspective Workstation feature also makes it possible to quickly launch native Perspective applications on workstations, HMIs, desktops, and multi-monitor setups without needing a third-party web browser.

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icc | 2020 Keynote  |  Building Automation

ICC 2020 Keynote

As we enter a new decade, let’s look together with fresh eyes and envision a prosperous new future where the arbitrary limitations of the past are gone and innovation is free and open for all. Join the leaders of Inductive Automation at our annual keynote address as they reflect on the past year in the Ignition community, envision what the future holds for the industry, and share exciting glimpses of where the Ignition platform is headed and what that means for Ignition users.

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