2.0 out of 5 stars
Poor quality book diagram print, 9 Mar 2013
This book is let down by the poor layout quality of the type and especially the poor quality of the reproduced diagrams. About 50% of the diagrams are almost illegible. They appear to be screengrabs
from powerpoint presentations or similar. Either way, they were not adapted colour wise for the print, and were not scaled correctly either. Figure 3.14, 3,12,3.7,3.1, in chapter 3 alone are illegible. (I find this ironic
for a book on SCADA).
The books content touches on pretty much all common integration technologies between industrial control systems world, telecoms world, and IT / Internet world. It does not recommend a 'most likely to succeed'
technology path, so that is up to the reader. The book merely provides a comprehensive list of the technologies in use or soon to be in use.Credit to the Author, it does an excellent job of this. I felt the book was insufficient on the whole world of industrial enterprise Automation software (MES, ERP, ISA95)). In the evolving world of factories talking to each other, the data connectivity infrastructure is not the problem . Neither is the middleware, although it does complicate things unnecessarily (they all speak XML).The data schema and data semantics is the problem.No common data class/object/structure model (MESA / ISA95 / B2MML is coming up with a solution). OPC UA was touched upon, but the point was missed; Common data model is needed throughout the 4 layers.
In terms of enterprise software, there is very much a bias towards free/open source software, probably reflecting the fact that a lot of the referenced projects were in China.Or maybe this is the platform where most of the glue software has come from. However most factory enterprises in the West do not / will not develop key internal systems on open source / free / unsupported platforms (Largely to do with quality assurance). Hence Microsoft/Oracle dominance. I could never convince a big pharma company to let me put open source java middleware on their network.
Book content good. Book paper/layout/graphic bad. Dont buy, if illegible graphics annoy you.