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SOA-Based Platform Use in Development and Operation of Automation Solutions: Challenges, Opportunities, and Supporting Pillars towards Emerging Trends

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Process IT Innovations R&D Centre, Luleå University of Technology, 971 81 Luleå, Sweden
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Dielcon AB, 954 41 S Sunderbyn, Sweden
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Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(3), 1074; https://doi.org/10.3390/app12031074
Received: 10 December 2021 / Revised: 14 January 2022 / Accepted: 17 January 2022 / Published: 20 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Applied Industrial Technologies)
The paper which is based on a literature review combined with a case study, spanning manufacturing and process industry contexts, set out to determine whether there is an emerging trend to use a service-oriented architecture (SOA)-based platform supporting microservices while developing and operating automation solutions while also considering effects and implications. The results point out that there is a significant potential, during the lifecycle, to save significant engineering time/effort during the development-related and operations phases while integrating systems and adding new types of sensors or other equipment. In addition, the results indicate that there are also business development advantages when promoting an SOA-based architecture supporting microservices towards monolith architectures and that a cybersecurity baseline can be included as part of the platform baseline. However, there is a threshold, before the benefits can be reaped, in terms of the need to build up a competency and skills set concerning the platform, SOA and microservices, as many providers of automation solutions are still doing the development in a traditional old monolithic style with hard-coded integrations between components and systems. Finally, we see an emerging trend to use a competent SOA-based platform in the development and operation of automation solutions. View Full-Text
Keywords: automation solutions; cost savings; integration; lifecycle; manufacturing industry; microservices; operations; process industry; SOA; software development automation solutions; cost savings; integration; lifecycle; manufacturing industry; microservices; operations; process industry; SOA; software development
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Kyösti, P.; Lindström, J. SOA-Based Platform Use in Development and Operation of Automation Solutions: Challenges, Opportunities, and Supporting Pillars towards Emerging Trends. Appl. Sci. 2022, 12, 1074. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12031074

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Kyösti P, Lindström J. SOA-Based Platform Use in Development and Operation of Automation Solutions: Challenges, Opportunities, and Supporting Pillars towards Emerging Trends. Applied Sciences. 2022; 12(3):1074. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12031074

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Kyösti, Petter, and John Lindström. 2022. "SOA-Based Platform Use in Development and Operation of Automation Solutions: Challenges, Opportunities, and Supporting Pillars towards Emerging Trends" Applied Sciences 12, no. 3: 1074. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12031074

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